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Welcome Center

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Blairsville - Union County Welcome Center

Blairsville - Union County Welcome Center

The Union County Community Center is home to the Blairsville - Union County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Welcome Center. The Chamber’s office is located within its grand welcoming hall, providing the friendly helpful service one should expect when visiting this state of the community center. Visitor’s can gather a mountain of material in the comfort of lounge style setting while planning their visit, or dream of relocation and retirement within the boundaries of beautiful and adventurous Union County.

Blairsville - Union County
Welcome Center

129 Union County Recreation Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512
706.745.5789
info@blairsvillechamber.com
www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com

Latitude:  34.875008°   34° 52' 28.98" N

Longitude:  -83.967240°   83° 58' 1.86" W

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Elevation:  568.67 m


Featured Lodging

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Enchanted Mountain Retreats

Enchanted Mountain Retreats

Enchanted Mountain Retreats is not your average cabin rental company, we pride ourselves with excellent customer service. We treat each guest as an individual and address your needs specifically so that we can tailor a perfect vacation package just for you and your family.

We take care to choose the best cabins available to insure that your stay with Enchanted Mountain Retreats is a great mountain experience. Our standards are high and that benefits you, we check your cabin before you check in the make sure it is ready for your arrival.


Meeks Park

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Meeks Park

Meeks Park
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Meeks Park, one of the most beautiful parks in North Georgia. The park setting has an open meadow, lots of shade trees, and playing fields. Three other features that make the park so picturesque is a grand mountain backdrop to the south of Meeks Park, the tree lined cascading waters of Butternut Creek running through the center of the park, and Nottely River bordering the park’s western boundary.

Meeks Park’s athletic facilities include seven ball fields, four batting cages, a basketball court, tennis courts, a large swimming pool, a disk golf course, skateboard park, paved and unpaved walking and nature trails, a playground and field houses. The park also has several pavilions, lots of picnic tables, benches and swings.

Meeks Park
490 Meeks Park Road  •  Blairsville, GA 30512 • 706.439.6037

Latitude: 34.8682262°     34° 52' 4.55'' N

Longitude:  -83.9770320°    83° 58' 27.77'' W

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Elevation:  545.98 m


Lake Nottley

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Lake Nottely - Union County Georgia

Lake Nottely

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The lake is located in the central northwest region of Union County. The lake’s most southern point begins along the outer western edge of Blairsville and ends at the dam along the northern end above the Nottely River and powerhouse.

The lake is 20-miles long with 106-miles of shoreline, and has 4,180-acres of water surface at normal capacity. The dam was built in 1941 and is under the control of Tennessee Valley Authority. A large portion of the lake is bordered by the Chattahoochee National Forest, where as the shorelines are also populated with vacation homes and full time residences. The lake is ideal for watercraft recreation, swimming and fishing. Lake Nottely was constructed as a reservoir-utility lake for flood control and power generation. Campgrounds are also available along the shoreline including the popular Poteete Creek Park and Campground.

The Nottely River, local creeks, and streams, provide the majority of the waters feeding Lake Nottely. The lake was also constructed with numerous channels, which are ideal for quiet fishing holes, that anglers enjoy so much. The lake’s watercraft recreation access is supported by two privately operated marinas, and several boat launches. Lake Nottely is stocked by the state of Georgia and noted for its excellent fishing opportunities. Lake fish consist of black and striped bass, walleye, rainbow trout, bass and more.

 

Latitude:  34.9588715     34° 57' 31.94'' N

Longitude:  -84.0892911    84° 5' 21.45'' W

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Elevation:  550.91 m


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Lake Nottely - Public Boat Launch #1

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Lake Nottely Dam Boat RampPublic Boat Launch #1, located on Nottely Dam Road at the northern end of the lake, just east of Lake Nottely Dam.

Latitude:  34.9552663     34° 57' 18.96'' N

Longitude:  -84.0839696     84° 5' 2.29'' W

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Elevation:  550.79 m

 


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Lake Nottely - Public Boat Launch #2

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Lake Nottely Dam Boat RampPublic Boat Launch #2, located off Nottely Dam Road at the north west side of the lake, in Poteete Creek Campground.

Latitude: 34.946018     34° 56' 50.10'' N

Longitude: -84.089012    84° 5' 31.56'' W

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Elevation: 559.35 m

 


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Lake Nottely - Public Boat Launch #3

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Lake Nottely Dam Boat RampPublic Boat Launch #3, located off Nottely Dam Road and Lake Cove Lodge Road at the west side of the lake, just east of Lake Nottely Dam.

Latitude: 34.912883     34° 54' 46.43'' N

Longitude: -84.073858    84° 4' 30.30'' W

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Elevation: 547.35 m

 


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Lake Nottely - Public Boat Launch #4

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Lake Nottely Dam Boat RampPublic Boat Launch #4, located on Nottely Dam Road at the northern end of the lake, just east of Lake Nottely Dam.

Latitude: 34.9588715     34° 55' 49.29'' N

Longitude: -84.0892911    84° 3' 53.20'' W

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Elevation: 551.44 m

 


Poteete Creek Park & Beach

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Poteete Creek Park and Campground

Poteete Creek Park and Campground

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This first-rate park/campground is located 13-miles north of Blairsville off of Nottely Dam Road (GA/325), just a few miles west of Nottely Dam. This beautiful park and campground lay along the northwestern shoreline of Lake Nottely. The park consist of 59-campsites, a boat ramp, a swimming beach, picnic tables and a pavilion (also available for group rentals), a playground, restrooms, a bathhouse and showers, fire rings and a dump station.

Campsite sizes vary for tents, and campers both small and large. Power and water are available. Phone lines and internet service are not available.

Recreation Area hours are: 6 am to 10 pm
Quiet time for the campground is 11 pm

For campsites and pavilion reservations call 706-439-6103.

Latitude:  34.948674°     34° 56' 54.97'' N

Longitude:  -84.096007°    84° 5' 45.59'' W

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Elevation:  557.16 m


Lake Windfield Scott

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Lake Winfield Scott - Union County Georgia

Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area

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Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is a hidden gem of tranquil beauty whose crystal blue waters are complemented by the towering mountains, often reflecting off the lake’s shimmering pristine waters. The 18-acre Lake Winfield Scott, is located along GA/180 on the edge of the upper valley community township of Suches. This recreation area offers fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming, camping, and a boat launch.

Anglers’ will be delighted to know that the lake and local streams are stocked with rainbow trout. Only electric motor driven boats and self-propelled watercraft are allowed on the lake. There’s a large pavilion overlooking the lake that is ideal for group gatherings and picnics both large and small. A hiking trail follows along the entire lake shoreline.

There are two entrances to Winfield Scott Recreation Area. The eastern parking area nearest to the dam is for day visitors, casual hikers or anglers. Up the road a piece is the main western entrance to the campground, and recreation area. Located in the recreation area is an inviting swimming area, a boat launch, a pavilion, picnic tables, and other trailheads for hiking.

Lake Winfield Scott’s Recreation Area consist of 31-campsites neatly arranged in two loops. The north loop is available for tent and RV camping and offers 17-campsites on a first come, first served basis. The remaining 14-campsites, along the south loop, are available for tent and RV by reservation through the National Recreation Service 877.444.6777.

 

Latitude:  34.7377547     34° 44' 15.92'' N

Longitude:  -83.9728611     83° 58' 22.30'' W

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Elevation:  874.09 m


Lake Trahlyta

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Lake Trahlyta - Union County Georgia

Lake Trahlyta
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Lake Trahlyta a 22-acre lake in Vogel State Park, is located along US/19/129 at roughly 2,500 feet in elevation. Lake Trahlyta is named after the Cherokee princess Trahlyta. This mountain parkland offers a cool temperature advantage during the summer heat. Vogel State Park is considered one of the finest state parks in all of Georgia. Cradled deep within a cove along the lower northern slopes of Blood Mountain, the parkland is uniquely laid out forming a mountain atmosphere like non-other.

Vogel State Park offers access to a Visitor's Center , campsites, cottages, picnic shelters, tables and grills, restrooms, showers, and a picturesque lake stocked with trout. Licensed fishing is allowed. Lake Trahlyta’s access to water recreation includes a swimming beach and paddle-boats, only non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake.

Admission Fee Required
Park Hours: Sunday - Saturday   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Latitude:  34.767811     34° 46' 4.07'' N

Longitude:  -83.9174563     83° 55' 2.84'' W

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Elevation:  710.71 m


Waterfalls in Union County Georgia

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Helton Creek Falls and Trail

Helton Creek Falls and Trail

Helton Creek Falls is one of the most spectacular double length waterfalls in the North Georgia Mountains. Access to the falls lies about a mile south of Vogel State Park on Helton Creek Road. The 2.1-mile drive to the falls is paved for the first mile, then an unpaved forestry road for the next 1.1-miles to the parking area. The unpaved roadway is suitable for an average car. Normally the falls can be seen and heard from the roadway.

Trail Rating: easy to moderate in difficulty

Latitude:  34.753893     34° 45' 13.92'' N

Longitude:  -83.924507    83° 55' 28.16'' W

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Elevation:  589.26 m


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Wolf Creek Falls

Helton Creek Falls and Trail

This is a beautiful and one of the most easily accessible waterfalls for viewing and photographing in all of Union County. The waterfall is located along the west side of highway US 19/129, just north of the entrance to Vogel State Park. Wolf Creek Falls are part of Vogel State Park's many wonders and recreational opportunities.

The upper portion of Wolf Creek Falls is fed by Lake Trahlyta. The lake is contained by a small dam with a stone water-race runoff. The pristine waters of Lake Trahlyta are fed by upper Wolf Creek located at the south end of the lake.

The roadside overlook lies above and along the opposite side of Wolf Creek Falls. From this vantage point, viewers will notice a wooden observation deck at the bottom of the cascading waterfall along the opposite bank of Wolf Creek.

Trail Rating: easy to moderate in difficulty

Admission Fee Required
Park Hours: Sunday - Saturday   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Latitude:  34.767811     34° 46' 4.07'' N

Longitude:  -83.9174563     83° 55' 2.84'' W

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Elevation:  710.71 m


Vogel State Park

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Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park

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Vogel State Park is considered one of the finest state parks in all of Georgia. Cradled deep within a cove along the lower northern slopes of Blood Mountain, the parkland is uniquely laid out forming a mountain atmosphere like non-other. Vogel State Park offers access to a Visitor Center, campsites, cottages, picnic shelters, tables and grills, restrooms, showers, and a picturesque lake stocked with trout. Lake Trahlyta access to water recreation includes a swimming beach and paddle-boats, none motorized boating is allowed on the lake. There’s also a playground and miniature golf course near the Visitor's Center.

Vogel State Park also provides several trails plus up close access to the towering Wolf Creek Falls located below the far western edge of Lake Trahlyta. The parklands are ideal for day visitors looking for the cool waters of a hidden lake plus access to short and long hiking trails.   

Cottages & Campsites: The park has 36-cottages available for reservations. There are also 95 camping sites with water and electric hookups plus an additional 15 sites without. Reserve sites in advance, especially during peak vacation and holiday times. 706-745-2628.

Admission Fee Required
Park Hours: Sunday - Saturday   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Latitude:  34.767811     34° 46' 4.07'' N

Longitude:  -83.9174563     83° 55' 2.84'' W

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Elevation:  710.71 m


Brasstown Bald Wilderness Area

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Brasstown Bald and Wilderness Area

Brasstown Bald and Wilderness Area

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The Brasstown Bald and Wilderness Area are located in the heart of North Georgia’s mountainous Chattahoochee National Forest. Brasstown Bald is the highest and most accessible mountain summit in North Georgia, and is considered by many to be a virtual stairway to the heavens for visitors exploring the high country. The mountain summit is 4,784-feet above sea level, offering breathtaking vistas that reach into the mountainous country of four surrounding states within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. The four states are parts of North Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. What’s exceptional about this mountaintop site is that it is accessible by a paved roadway to the parking area just below the summit.

Latitude:  34.868111°   34° 52' 12.50'' N

Longitude:  -83.810694°   83° 48' 37.31'' W

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Elevation:  1327.61 m


Sosebee Cove Scenic Area

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Sosebee Cove Scenic Area and Hiking Trail

Sosebee Cove Scenic Area and Hiking Trail
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Sosebee Cove’s 175-acres, are a forested jewel of rare wildflowers and ferns, along with dutchman breeches, waterleaf, squirrel corn and other species. The Cove’s forest consists of several types of hardwoods including yellow birch, and a rare yellowwood tree. A short ‘point 3-mile’ trail, consisting of two link loops is accessible from the parking area alongside the roadway. A salamander rich branch flows through the scenic cove as well as a second-growth yellow poplar tree stand that began its towering growth after the last heavy logging, in the region.

Near the beginning of the trail is one of the coves largest hardwood trees, reminiscent of some of the large trees in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. These young giant trees can be easily viewed from the roadway parking area when looking towards the left, or very short stroll along the beginning of the trail for an up close look. Along the opposite side of the roadway is an excellent example of a high-altitude boulder field, most viewable during the late fall-winter season when heavy foliage has depleted.

Trail Rating: easy in difficulty

Latitude: 34.7622128°     34° 46' 1.09'' N

Longitude:  -83.9476553°    83° 56' 29.99'' W

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Elevation:  917.54 m


Coopers Creek Scenic Area

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Coopers Creek and Mulky Gap Recreation Area and Wilderness

Coopers Creek and Mulky Creek Recreation Area and Wilderness

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These two recreation wilderness areas are located in the Coopers Creek Wilderness Area in southwestern Union County, and are only accessible by unpaved forestry roadways. This scenic wildlife and water management area consists of 1,240-acres within a total of 34,000-acres of Coopers Creek Wilderness Area. This recreation and wilderness area offers an old growth forest, camping, stocked trout steams for anglers on both Coopers Creek and Mulky Creek. There are numerous hiking and biking trails and water access for canoeing (water levels must be considered).

Coopers Creek Recreation Area: This primitive recreation area consists of 14-camping areas; each equipped with a tent pad, picnic table, lantern pole, and grill. The campground accommodates tents and trailers up to 22-feet.

No water or electric hook ups, or dump stations available in the campground. The campground does have drinking water and sanitary facilities. Campsites are within an easy walking distance to Coopers Creek for fishing.

Mulky Gap Recreation Area: This primitive recreation area consists of 11-campsites. Each campsite is equipped with a tent pad, picnic table, lantern pole, and grill. No water or electric hook ups or dump stations available in the campground. The campground does have drinking water and sanitary facilities. Campsites are within an easy walking distance to Mulky Creek for fishing.

Campgrounds are open late March thru October 31st.
Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis.
Call 706-745-6928 to reserve your space.

 

Latitude:  34.763967°   34° 45' 46.62'' N

Longitude: -83.952338°   83° 57' 23.21'' W

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Elevation:  1048.97 m


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Written Directions to Coopers Creek Recreation and Wilderness Area

There are four access points into Coopers Creek Wilderness Area. The shortest route from Blairsville to the Coopers Creek Wilderness Area is over Mulky Gap, accessible from Mulky Gap Road. Mulky Gap Road can be accessed off of Old Blue Ridge Road (US/76), just past the Blairsville Municipal Airport. Mulky Gap Road is paved until it reaches the Chattahoochee National Forest. From there it continues unpaved up to Mulky Gap and throughout the entire wilderness area. This shorter distance to the gap can be rough due to heavy rains and is recommended for 4-wheel drive SUV’s and trucks.

Another road access point is at Wolf Pen Gap and Duncan Ridge Trail.

The other two points of access are on GA/60, along the extreme most southwest edge of Union County. It’s a longer way into the wilderness area, yet visitors won’t have to climb a rough steep mountain road to the gap, or follow a ridge top roadway to the gap. There are times when these unpaved forestry roadway can have the access gated off by the Forest Service.


Trails in Union County Georgia

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Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail to the Appalachian Trail

Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail to the Appalachian Trail

A memorial point of interest for the acclaimed poet/novelist is located along US/19/129 to the south of Vogel State Park, and just north of Neel’s Gap and the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center.

A spacious parking area at the memorial site provides access to the trail. Blue blazed markers guide the Memorial Trail as it ascends to the top of Blood Mountain at Flat Rock Gap, about two miles in distance. The trail intersects the Appalachian Trail (white blazed) at the top of Blood Mountain. The trail is considered moderate to strenuous. Alongside the parking area lays a boulder field and quiet cascading creek.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.742600°   34° 44' 31.13'' N

Longitude:  -83.920966°   83° 55' 15.31'' W

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Elevation:  911.61 m


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Hog Pen Gap and the Appalachian Trail

Hog Pen Gap and the Appalachian Trail

Hog Pen Gap is located along Richard Russell Road (GA/348) in the southeast region of Union County. A large boulder marker inscribed with the words Hog Pen Gap Appalachian Trail (white blazed) sets along the eastern side of the roadway next to the trail, plus there’s an information kiosk with displayed maps. The trail can be accessed along either side of the roadway. This access point works well for either day hikes or backpackers. Backpackers should always register with the local Blue Ridge Forestry office in nearby Blairsville before setting out on any overnight or several day hike.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.725812°   34° 43' 32.89'' N

Longitude:  -83.839910°   83° 50' 23.63'' W

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Elevation:  1056.85 m


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Jack’s Knob Trail to the Appalachian Trail

Jack’s Knob Trail to the Appalachian Trail

This trail will access both Brasstown Bald to the north, or intersects the Appalachian Trail to the south. Jack’s Knob Trail is 4.5-mile trail stretching from Brasstown Bald parking area at the top of the mountain, and to the Appalachian Trail to the south. The trip up to the top from the lower entrance along GA/180 is only half the 4.5-mile distance of the trail’s full length. The trail to the south is 2 to 2.5-miles to the AT

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.849875°  34° 51' 1.94'' N

Longitude:  -83.798561°   83° 47' 52.32'' W

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Elevation:  883.63 m


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Neel's Gap and the Appalachian Trail

Hog Pen Gap and the Appalachian Trail

This access location to the Appalachian Trail (white blazed) is located along US 19/129 in south central Union County. A special feature is found here at Neel’s Gap, the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center.

The center’s stone structure was constructed between the years 1934 to 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The center operates as a store offering books for outdoor enthusiast, clothing, maps, camping equipment, including mountain crafts and gifts to their many visitors and hikers.

The Appalachian Trail literally passes through the breezeway of this historic center near its restrooms. This covered breezeway is the only covered structure the Appalachian Trail passes thru in its entire 2,100-mile length. The parking at the Center is available to ‘visitors only’ due to the lack of space along the steep gap.

Day hikers and backpackers will need to park at the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail parking area just north of the center, and take the Byron Herbert Reece Trail (blue blazed) up to the Appalachian Trail atop of Blood Mountain. This access point works well for either day hikes or backpackers.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.735353   34° 44' 7.08'' N

Longitude:  -83.918080° 55' 5.90'' W

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Elevation:  949.39 m


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Arkaqua Trail at Brasstown Bald Wilderness

Arkaqua Trail at Brasstown Bald Wilderness

This 5.5-mile trail descends westward along a ridge top to the valley below and is either accessible from the back end of the summit parking area atop Brasstown Bald, or across the road from the Track Rock Archaeological Site along Track Rock Road just off US/76 in the valley below.

Hikers along the trail will pass through a northern hardwood forest while viewing scenic outbreaks through the trees. There are wildflowers and various herbs along the way to the Blue Bluff Overlook.

Hikers will also pass Chimney Top Mountain and be able to view Rocky Knob to the south. For most hikers that choose to take on the trail, I personally recommend the descent from the Brasstown Bald mountaintop parking area to the Track Rock Valley below. Providing you have someone pick you up at the bottom of the trail or drop you off at the top of the trail, having a parked vehicle waiting for you.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty and not recommend for casual hikers.

Latitude:  34.871083°   34° 52' 24.78'' N

Longitude:  -83.813111°   83° 48' 47.82'' W

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Elevation:  1390.70 m


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Brasstown Bald Summit Trail

Brasstown Bald Summit Trail

There are two ways one can reach the upper summit of Brasstown Bald, you can either take a comfortable shuttle trip to the top when the shuttle is operating from Memorial Day thru the end of October, or you can hike the Summit Trail to the top. The shuttle trip does require a modest fee.

The Brasstown Bald Summit Trail is located next to the Visitor's Center Cabin and is paved to the top. Though inviting at first glance the trail becomes quite steep once you get closer to the top. The good news is the downhill trip is easier on the lungs and leg muscles although harder on the knees. I recommend a good walking stick to lean on, along the way up and extra bracing for the way back down.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.87075°   34° 52' 14.82'' N

Longitude:  -83.809917°   83° 48' 38.14'' W

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Elevation:  1331.43 m


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Jack’s Knob Trail to the Brasstown Bald Wilderness

Jack’s Knob Trail to the Brasstown Bald Wilderness

This 4.5-mile trail is accessible from Brasstown Bald parking area at the top of the mountain or at the entrance to the Brasstown Bald Wilderness Area next to GA/180.

The trip up to the top from the lower entrance is only half the distance of the trails' full length since the trail crosses GA/180 before continuing on, to where it connects to the Appalachian Trail (white blazed). The upper trailhead is located directly across the parking area from the Visitor's Center Cabin. The ideal hike would be to bring two vehicles leaving one at the entrance parking area and begin your journey from the top down.

Jack’s Knob Trail was originally constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and then reconstructed by the Chattahoochee Forest Service in the 1980’s.

The trail follows southward along a ridgeline dividing the boundary between Union and Towns County Georgia. It continues along the ridge just west of, and parallel to the ascending paved roadway to the summit of Brasstown Bald. The trail crosses GA/180 at Jack’s Gap, and continues on to the Chattahoochee Gap where it accesses the Appalachian Trail.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude: 34.867917°  34° 52' 12.43'' N

Longitude:  -83.8105°   83° 48' 36.57'' W

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Elevation:  1327.37 m


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Coopers Creek Trails

Coopers Creek and Mulky Creek Recreation Area and Wilderness

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Coopers Creek Trail

Coopers Creek Trail (blue blazed) is a connector trail between Yellow Mountain Trail and Mill Shoals Trail, and considered an easy hike. Coopers Creek Trail is a 1-mile hike from the Yellow Mountain trailhead, or a 1/2-mile hike from the Mills Shoals trailhead. The trail is located in the Coopers Creek Recreation Wilderness Area.

Trail Rating: easy in difficulty

Yellow Mountain Trail

Accessible along Cavender Gap Road and marked by a yellow post. This 2.7-mile trail (yellow blazed,) is mostly along a ridgeline and is considered moderate to strenuous. The trail is located in the Coopers Creek Recreation Wilderness Area.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Mill Shoals Trail

A moderate to strenuous 3/4-mile trail (orange blazed) beginning north of Coopers Creek Recreation Area. The trail is well blazed at the onset, yet pay attention as blazes appear less numerous as the trail continues. The trail is located in the Coopers Creek Recreation Wilderness Area.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Hemlock and White Pine Stands Trail

Trail begins at the bridge over Coopers Creek on Cavender Gap Road, (FS/236), and follows a worn angler’s trail. The trail first passes through a grove of white pines. At 1/4-mile there’s a large hemlock and white pine tree stand mix. The trail is located in the Coopers Creek RecreationWilderness Area.

Trail Rating: easy to moderate in difficulty

 

Latitude:  34.763967°   34° 45' 46.62'' N

Longitude: -83.952338°   83° 57' 23.21'' W

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Elevation:  1048.97 m


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Written Directions to Coopers Creek Recreation and Wilderness Area

There are four access points into Coopers Creek Wilderness Area. The shortest route from Blairsville to the Coopers Creek Wilderness Area is over Mulky Gap, accessible from Mulky Gap Road. Mulky Gap Road can be accessed off of Old Blue Ridge Road (US/76), just past the Blairsville Municipal Airport. Mulky Gap Road is paved until it reaches the Chattahoochee National Forest. From there it continues unpaved up to Mulky Gap and throughout the entire wilderness area. This shorter distance to the gap can be rough due to heavy rains and is recommended for 4-wheel drive SUV’s and trucks.

Another road access point is at Wolf Pen Gap and Duncan Ridge Trail.

The other two points of access are on GA/60, along the extreme most southwest edge of Union County. It’s a longer way into the wilderness area, yet visitors won’t have to climb a rough steep mountain road to the gap, or follow a ridge top roadway to the gap. There are times when these unpaved forestry roadway can have the access gated off by the Forest Service.


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Duncan Ridge Trails

Duncan Ridge Trails

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Duncan Ridge Trail (blue blazed) is 20.4-miles long and rated strenuous in trail difficulty. Named after the mountain range Duncan Ridge, which is the longest continuous ridgeline leading off the main Blue Ridge Mountain Range in North Georgia. The trail terminus begins at its furthest western point at Slaughter Mountain, heading westward through Wolf Pen Gap, then crosses Coosa Bald and onto Mulky Gap, intersecting with Benton MacKaye Trail just over the county line. This guide offers three access points to Duncan Ridge Trail within Union County via paved highways or unpaved forestry roadway for the most convenient trail access.


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Mulky Gap and Duncan Ridge Trail

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Mulky Gap and Duncan Ridge TrailMulky Gap Road is paved to the entrance of the Chattahoochee National Forest. At this point the roadway is unpaved, steep and often a rough vehicle climb up to Mulky Gap. The Duncan Ridge Trail (blue blazed) crosses Mulky Gap Road and is accessible on either side of the roadway. Parking is fairly limited. This access point works well for either day hikes or overnight backpackers.

Trail Rating: strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.7753820     34° 46' 31.38'' N

Longitude:  -84.0640630     84° 3' 50.63'' W

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Elevation:  679.10 m


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Duncan Ridge Trail access from Neel’s Gap to Slaughter Mountain by way of the Appalachian Trail

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Neels Gap entrance Duncan Ridge TrailThis is the most convenient access to the west end terminus of Duncan Ridge Trail (blue blazed). There is no parking available to hikers at Neel’s Gap’s Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center. A parking area is located to the north along US/19/129 just below Neel’s Gap at the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial. The Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail (also blue blazed) connects to the Appalachian Trail then climbs westward to the summit of Blood Mountain, a total of about 2-miles. The Appalachian Trail (white blazed) continues westward to Slaughter Mountain where the west terminus for the Duncan Ridge Trail begins. This route is suggested for experienced overnight backpackers only.

Trail Rating: strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.7348915     34° 44' 5.61'' N

Longitude:  -83.9183226     83° 55' 5.96'' W

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Elevation:  944.97 m


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Whitley Gap Trail just off the Appalachian Trail at Hog Pen Gap

The southern bound Appalachian Trail (white blazed) access at Hog Pen Gap, is located just across the roadway (Richard Russell Road). This southbound Appalachian Trail access connects to the Whitley Gap Trail a short distance from the roadway. This side trail off the AT, leads up to Wildcat Mountain about 1-mile, and an additional 1/2-mile leads you up to Adams Bald. The trail should be considered moderate to strenuous in difficulty.

Trail Rating: moderate to strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.725812°   34° 43' 32.89'' N

Longitude:  -83.839910°   83° 50' 23.63'' W

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Elevation:  1056.85 m


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Woody Gap and the Appalachian Trail

Woody Gap Appalachian Trail

High above the township community of Suches, in upper southwestern corner of Union County along GA/60 is Woody Gap, named after Ranger Woody who served the National Forest Service in this region from 1911 to 1945.

The Gap lies within a beautiful setting along the ancient Blue Ridge Mountain Range overlooking North Georgia’s Yahoola Valley, the Dahlonega Gold Belt, as well as the foothills and vast piedmont below. There’s a beautiful little picnic table setting at the vast overlook view, and a kiosk next to the trail.

Two kiosks and restrooms are located across the roadway. One kiosk is for the Chattahoochee National Forest, and the other for the renowned Appalachian Trail (white blazes), which passes through the Gap here on its journey northward from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine. This is a great location with spacious parking for day trips, overnight or longer backpacking excursions.

From the Gap a moderate 1-mile hike leads to a rock overlook of Big Cedar Mountain at 3,737-feet. In addition hikers can access from the Gap, a 1 1/2-mile hike to a southerly view of Yahoola Valley from the top of Ramrock Mountain at 3,200-feet. There’s also a side trail leading up to an observation fire-tower.

Trail Rating: moderate in difficulty

Latitude:  34.6710170   34° 40' 15.66'' N

Longitude:  -84.0052920   84° 0' 19.05'' W

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Elevation:  990.31 m


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Wolf Pen Gap and Duncan Ridge Trail

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Wolf Pen GapWolf Pen Gap at 3,260-feet above sea level, is located along GA/180, between Vogel State Park and Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area. Wolf Pen Gap offers access to the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail. Duncan Ridge Trail (blue blaze) is considered a ‘long trail’ and strenuous in difficulty. The trail extends along the upper Duncan Ridge from south central Union County, to the County’s far western edge. Duncan Ridge is the single longest mountain ridgeline leading off the main Blue Ridge Mountain Range. At Wolf-Pen Gap, Duncan Ridge Trail can be accessed along both sides of the roadway with ample parking. An unpaved forestry road next to the western access leads into Coopers Creek Wilderness Area. At the gap the trailhead westward leads into the Coopers Creek Wilderness Area. The trailhead leading eastward travels through the Blood Mountain Wilderness Area.

Trail Rating: strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.763941°   34° 45' 48.65'' N

Longitude: -83.952391°   83° 57' 13.15'' W

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Elevation:  1001.85 m


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Lake Winfield Scott Trail Access...

Lake Winfield Scott Trail Access
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Lake Winfield Scott Trail

This excellent easy to hike trail follows a path around the beautiful shoreline of Lake Winfield Scott. It can be accessed via the western entrance to the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, or the trailhead via the eastern Lake Winfield Scott entrance.

Trail Rating: easy in difficulty

Jarrard Gap Trail to the Appalachian Trail

This moderate in difficulty 1-mile hiking trail (blue blazed) begins at the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area and climbs gradually to the Appalachian Trail (white blazed) at Jarrard Gap.

Trail Rating: moderate in difficulty

Slaughter Creek Trail to the Appalachian Trail

A moderate in difficulty 2.7-mile (blue blazed) trailhead begins at the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area and climbs gradually to the Appalachian Trail (white blazed) south of Blood Mountain. A portion of this trail is within the Blood Mountain Wilderness.

Trail Rating: moderate in difficulty

Latitude:  34.7377547     34° 44' 15.92'' N

Longitude:  -83.9728611     83° 58' 22.30'' W

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Elevation:  874.09 m


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Logan Turnpike Trail

Logan Turnpike Trail

Located to the north, just below Hog Pen Gap along Richard Russell Road (GA/348,) is the old Logan Turnpike, an abandoned toll road that was operated prior to motorized vehicle days.

This steep mountain terrain turnpike passes through the Tesnatee Gap. The old historic turnpike began at the lower southern side of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and acted as a corridor into the upper southern reaches of Union County. Tesnatee Gap offers a sizable parking area for Logan Turnpike Trail (blue blazed). The trailhead leads to the south for approximately 2-miles and is considered moderate to difficult hiking down the mountain slope, and strenuous in difficulty climbing back up the trail. Considering the difficulty the steep trail is to hike, just imagine how difficult it was for horse drawn wagons, whether fully loaded or empty.

Also passing through the Tesnatee Gap is the Appalachian Trail (white blazed) making its way up to Hog Pen Gap. The trail from Tesnatee Gap to Hogpen Gap is a 1/2-mile plus hike.

Trail Rating: strenuous in difficulty

Latitude:  34.726165°   34° 43' 34.22'' N

Longitude:  -83.847656°   83° 50' 51.50'' W

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Elevation:  957.43 m


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Meeks Park Trails

Meeks Park

(total of 4.62 miles)

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The paved ‘handicap accessible’ trail: This trail leads from the upper parking area at Meeks Park, located on the edge of Blairsville. The trail follows a tree-lined walkway along the bank of Nottely River. Along the paved trail, hikers will encounter a sculpture by famed artist and local resident Al Garnto.

At the northern edge of the park the trail passes under the Hwy 515 viaduct, then continues on to the campus of the North Georgia Technical College, located across the roadway from Meeks Park. This paved low-impact walk is both picturesque. The trail can be a good cardio workout, or a causal stroll according to the pace of your walk.

Trail Rating: easy in difficulty

The parklands nature trail: This trail can be accessed from several points throughout the park. Nature trails follow along both sides of Butternut Creek, crossing over several bridges in route. On the opposite side of the creek is the easy to follow nature trail leading through a woodland area and up a hill to its crest.

The trail creates 1-mile loop. The trail offers a good workout with an atmosphere liken unto that of a National Forest trail. At the top of the hill visitors will encounter additional art sculptures by artist Al Garnto. From the hilltop the trail descends downhill to the banks of Nottely River and back again into the main park. Meeks Park is located on the western edge of Blairsville.

Trail Rating: moderate in difficulty

Union County Dog Park Trail

The Dog Park TrailThe Union County Dog Park trail system is equal to 1.18 miles and is a part of the Meeks Park Trails, located behind Georgia Technical College across from Meeks Park. The dog park trail goes through shady woods with fields. You’ll also find a covered pavilion and the Nottely River.

The Dog Park also has a new off-leash area that is completely fenced. There are two pens and a state of the art doggie drinking fountain. Clean-up bags are available on site. It is a wonderful place to spend some quality time with your dogs.

Trail Rating: easy in difficulty

Meeks Park
490 Meeks Park Road  •  Blairsville, GA 30512 • 706.439.6037

Latitude: 34.8682262°     34° 52' 4.55'' N

Longitude:  -83.9770320°    83° 58' 27.77'' W

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Elevation:  545.98 m


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Vogel State Park Trails

Vogel State Park Trails
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There are three trailheads located along the roadway near the park’s campground just south of the lake and the park’s Visitor Center, in Vogel State Park.

Bear Hair Trail

Bear Hair Trail is located along the roadway in the park’s campgrounds just south of the lake and the park’s Visitor Center. The trail is a 3.6-mile orange blazed loop trail.

Trail Rating: moderate in difficulty

Byron Herbert Reece Nature Trail

One of three trailheads located along the roadway near the back of Vogel State Park’s camping area, just south of the lake and park’s Visitor Center. The trail is an easy 1-mile loop interpretive trail.

Trail Rating: strenuous in difficulty

Coosa Back Country Trail

One of three trailheads located along the roadway near the park’s campground just south of the lake and park’s Visitor Center, in Vogel State Park. The trail is a 12.5-mile loop marked with yellow blazes and signs. The trail is considered to be strenuous in difficulty The trail climbs up to Duncan Ridge, and Coosa Bald at 4,000-feet above sea level. The full-length hike along the trail is recommend for backpackers and overnight stays. A free permit is required and available at the park’s Visitor Center.

Trail Rating: strenuous in difficulty

Lake Trahlyta Trail

This trail at Vogel State Park begins at the parking area near the Visitor's Center and crosses upper Wolf Creek where it enters the lake. The trail then continues along the lake’s shoreline forming a loop. It is an easy low-impact path, great for casual strolls. At the far end of the lake hikers can access the Wolf Creek Falls Trail before following the trail around the lake. This short, side trail follows a descending path to Wolf Creek Falls wooden observation deck.

Trail Rating: easy in difficulty

Wolf Creek Falls Trail and Overlook

Wolf Creek Falls Trail is located at the north end of Lake Trahlyta Trail in Vogel State Park. The trail is a short gradual descent to a wooden observation deck at the bottom of the falls, which literally touches into the bottom of the actual falls. Wolf Creek Falls are a 40-foot tall stepping stone waterfall just below Lake Trahlyta along Wolf Creek. The trail is only accessible via Vogel State Park.

Wolf Creek Falls can also be viewed from a vehicle pull-off area along the western edge of US/19/129, just a short distance north of Vogel State Park’s entrance. From this higher advantage point viewers can see the entire length of the falls in one view. This viewing point is a great late autumn photo opportunity after some of the leaves have fallen.

Trail Rating: easy to moderate in difficulty

Admission Fee Required
Park Hours: Sunday - Saturday   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Latitude:  34.767811     34° 46' 4.07'' N

Longitude:  -83.9174563     83° 55' 2.84'' W

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Elevation:  710.71 m


Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

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Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

At the base of Blood Mountain, just below Vogel State Park, is a county treasure filled with priceless riches and unimaginable beauty. The Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center lies cradled along Wolf Creek. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the historic farmstead offers an atmosphere of incomparable measure in both peace and tranquility.

Today this beautiful farmstead still resonates his spirit with the echoes of the past. The words and pictures only begin to describe the creative talent that he possessed and shared with so many that loved his works.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center is all about getting in touch with the past, and in touch with this literary talent’s natural surrounding. It’s an excellent outdoor educational experience for adults and kids of all ages.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center
8552 Gainesville Hwy  •  Blairsville, GA 30512

706.745.2034

Open April - November
Thursday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm,
and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

Latitude:  34.7734660     34° 46' 24.48'' N

Longitude:  -83.9123920     83° 54' 44.61'' W

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Elevation:  661.43 m


Union County Historical Museum

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Union County Historical Society and Historic Courthouse

Union County Historical Society

Located in the recently renovated Union County Courthouse, is the Union County Historical Museum. The historic courthouse was originally constructed in 1899 and had faced decades of needful reconstruction. Thanks to the Union County Historical Society (also located in the courthouse,) ‘the old courthouse’ as it has been called, has a new outlook on life due to the Society’s dedicated service with preservation projects still in the works. The clock tower had been removed in 1960 and replaced with a replica in the year 2000. The original clock-face and inner workings are located on the courthouse lawn, encased in a large glass container.

The original second floor courtroom has been meticulously restored and functions as a Friday night concert venue. The Union County History Museum is located on the first floor. The historic courthouse is of the Romanesque Revival-style.

Union County Historical Society
1 Town Square • Blairsville, GA 30512
history1@windstream.net
706.745.5789

 

Latitude:  34.8760535    34° 52' 33.79'' N

Longitude:  -83.9584277    83° 57' 30.34'' W

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Elevation:  576.84 m


Union County Community Center

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Union County Community Center

Union County Community Center

Located at 129 Union County Recreation Road, this facility is a reflection of the continual community effort towards establishing a presence of excellence and quality in the North Georgia Mountain region. Stately in architectural design and structure, the Union County Community Center’s 23,500-square feet, offers an atmosphere unlike any other in regards to spaciousness, opulence and comfort. Perched upon a hilltop, the Center overlooks a mountain vista and a challenging 18-hole public golf course. The first tee is located only steps away from the Union County Community Center’s clubhouse facilities. Also featured at the Community Center, overlooking the golf course is a magnificent metal sculpture by local renowned artist Al Garnto.

Union County Community Center
www.uccommunitycenter.com
129 Union County Recreation Rd.
Blairsville, GA 30512
ucevents@uniongov.com

Latitude:  34.875008°   34° 52' 28.98'' N

Longitude:  -83.967240°   83° 58' 1.86'' W

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Elevation:  568.67 m


Butternut Creek Golf Course

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Butternut Creek Golf Course

Butternut Creek Golf Course

The Butternut Creek Golf Course, owned and operated by the Union County Recreation Department, offers a challenging 18-hole golf course, composed of Penncross Bent Grass greens, and Tifton 419 Bermuda fairways and tees.

The course plays to a modest 6,500 plus yards, with 4 to 6 tee boxes on every hole offering a challenging option for every player. Elevation changes are found throughout the course and there are 13-holes where water comes into play.

The Union County Community Center has a clubhouse atmosphere with beautifully styled locker rooms, including a game table in the men’s locker room.

Butternut Creek Golf Course
129 Union County Recreation Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512
golfnow@uniongov.com
706.439.6097

Latitude:  34.875008°   34° 52' 28.98'' N

Longitude:  -83.967240°   83° 58' 1.86'' W

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Elevation:  568.67 m


Union County Farmers Market & Cannery

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Union County Farmers Market

Union County Farmers Market

On the eastern edge of Blairsville, located on Old Smoky Road just north of Hwy 515/76, is the very popular Union County Farmers Market. The Market is located within an excellent elongated outdoor, covered pavilion protecting vendors and shoppers from the elements of rainy weather and hot sunlight.

This popular Farmers Market is much more than a place to buy particular items; it’s a destination for fun, and education for all ages. Most vendors often share their skills with the public on how their particular produce is grown, and how handcrafted items are made.

The Market is open June thru October
Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Latitude:  34.8850605°   34° 53' 10.54'' N

Longitude:  -83.951576°    83° 57' 1.00'' W

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Elevation:  572.00 m


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Union County Cannery

Union County Cannery

This new facility has become a ‘pride of joy’ to the local community. When the cannery is open (also known as the Canning Plant), courteous visitors are welcome to come in and see how it works. During production hours, friendly folks are on hand working their craft and often willing to answer your personal inquires.

Situated out in front of the Cannery alongside the roadway, is a lovely colorful garden consisting of domestic flowers, wildflowers, and some herbs. This garden is nurtured and maintained by local volunteers. The Community Garden is a most proper exhibit for both visitors and horticulture enthusiast to observe, enjoy and photograph.

For more information call 706.439.6030

Latitude:  34.8850605°   34° 53' 10.54'' N

Longitude:  -83.951576°    83° 57' 1.00'' W

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Elevation:  572.00 m


Georgia Mtn Research & Educational Center

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Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Chattahoochee National Forest

This superb 415-acre property has been set aside for agricultural research, development and education, lies within the rolling foothills and farm lands in south central Union County. The Center is a branch of the University of Georgia’s Department of Agriculture. The Center’s focus is on the area’s bio-diverse nature of the Southern Appalachian Ecosystem, and how they can contribute to the survival of a great variety of plant species with properties suitable for medicinal, craft and culinary uses.

The Center offers educational programs for children and adults. Guided tours of the Ethno-Botanic Garden and Woodland Medicine Trail are offered every Monday from 9 am to 1 pm (May through September) except on holidays. Special group tours are available by appointment only. For more information about these programs, email pbsgator@windstream.net.

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center
195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
706.745.2655

Latitude:  34.8387637     34° 50' 19.55'' N

Longitude:  -83.9282638     83° 55' 41.75'' W

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Elevation:  589.26 m


Union County Saddle Club

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Union County Saddle Club Arena

Union County Saddle Club Arena

The Union County Saddle Club Arena is a great destination for equestrians, trainers, and public spectators. Also known as the Union County Saddle Club, the club was organized and established in 1986. The purpose of the Saddle Club is to promote the equine industry and recreation with a priority towards benefiting the health, safety, and welfare of the horse and riders of all skill levels.

The Union County Saddle Club Arena is conveniently located off Hwy 515 west of Blairsville. The Arena is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a properly lit enclosed show arena, an outdoor practice area with obstacles and round pen, a concession stand, and a clubhouse with a meeting room and restrooms.

706.745.3420

Latitude:  34.875586°   34° 52' 32.11'' N

Longitude:  -84.078838°   84° 4' 43.82'' W

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Elevation:  559.21 m


Chattahoochee NF Fish Hatchery

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Chattahoochee National Forest Fish Hatchery

Chattahoochee National Forest Fish Hatchery
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Located 5-miles off GA 60 this hatchery produces approximately 850,000 rainbow trout annually. Spawning operation are not a part of the hatchery, fertilized eggs are shipped here for incubation and development before being released into the streams, rivers and lakes of the Chattahoochee National Forestry. A fascinating site kids and adult fishing enthusiasts.

Visitors can fish with a license along Rock Creek and Rock Creek Lake near the hatchery.

Nearby Frank Gross Campground has 11 campsites for tents and trailers up to 22-feet, drinking water, picnic tables and sanitary facilities are available.

Latitude:  34.746774034°   44' 48.39'' N

Longitude:  -84.185106084°   11' 6.38'' W

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Elevation:  620.71 m


Ocoee White Water Center

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Ocoee White Water Center

Ocoee White Water Center
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The highly acclaimed white water river gorge consist of several class IV and IV+ rapids with commercial only rafting companies available to the public plus open access to individual kayakers and Slalom canoe adventures. The Ocoee River White Water Center and parklands hosted the 1996 Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak event.

Other points of interest along the river are hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, a lake, the Ocoee Scenic Byway. Historic sites include a wood dam, elevated water-box, and a power plant and remnants of the Old Copper Road.

The Ocoee River is located in the tri-state area of Eastern Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina.

Ocoee River Gorge / Cherokee NF
4400 Highway 64 • Copperhill TN 37317
423.496.0100

Latitude:  35.0667970    35° 4' 0.47'' N

Longitude:  -84.4613370    84° 27' 40.81'' W

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Elevation:  383.33 m


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