A large round body of water sits in the foreground of the photo. The surrounding land is dense with green, red, yellow and brown leaves of trees. This is a view of Blood Mountain from Vogel State Park in Blairsville, Georgia. In the middle of the photo is a cabin. In the background are hills covered with the same colored trees. The sky above is a dusty blue with hardly any clouds. The lake reflects the surrounding environment on its surface very clearly.


If you like the outdoors, you’ll love Blairsville. Find yourself experiencing some of Georgia’s most beautiful landmarks, like Brasstown Bald, over 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail — including the only portion that passes through a man-made structure, and Vogel State Park. Make a splash in our lakes, creeks, rivers or waterfalls, take in the captivating scenery, or enjoy one of the many festivals held throughout the year.

Blairsville-Union County, in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of Georgia’s best kept secrets. Only a two- to three-hour drive from cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Greenville, it is worlds apart — an authentic pre-Civil War mountain community located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and enveloped in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a setting that lends itself, beautifully, to plenty of outdoor adventures.

Water Activities

Beloved by water babies for its pristine bodies of water, Blairsville is home to the 18-acre Lake Winfield Scott in Suches and the 4,180-acre Lake Nottely, with each offer boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking and camping, not to mention Lake Nottely’s 106 miles of shoreline. Vogel State Park — one of Georgia’s oldest, most popular state parks — has a 20-acre lake and swimming beach plus hiking trails and a waterfall. Close by, Helton Creek Falls has two beautiful falls set in Blairsville’s deep hardwood forest with a total drop of 100 feet. 

Hiking in Blairsville

Almost anywhere you go in Union County, you’ll find a hiking trail. Visitors may choose easy routes through our picturesque Meeks Park or choose a hardcore trail that traverses streams, scales mountains and descends into deep gorges. The most famous trail in the area is the Appalachian trail. Accessible from several locations within Union County, the AT winds 80 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest. 

There is pure seduction to the outdoor pursuits of Blairsville-Union County; this Georgia gem is uncrowded, serene and overwhelmingly picturesque. From its high peaks to its green valleys to its verdant forests to its bubbling creeks and streams, Blairsville acts as a lightning rod for those who want an outdoors escape. Shadowed by Brasstown Bald – Georgia’s highest peak – and the ancient Blue Ridge brimming with Cherokee Indian culture, it’s easy to spend a few days exploring all there is do in this magical mountain town.

Learn More about Blairsville-Union County

Visitor Information Center

129 Union County Recreation Rd.
Blairsville, GA
Local: (706) 745-5789
Free: (877) 745-5789
Blairsville Travel Guides

View and download resources for planning a vacation in Blairsville, Georgia. Find trip ideas, attractions, events, activities accommodations, maps, travel resources and much more.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center
Gardens at Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center
Nottely River Campground, Cabins & Tubing
Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway
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