Outdoor Activities

Blairsville offers lots of outdoor fun, delightful attractions, and festivals held throughout the year. Visitors can find themselves hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or even exploring three rushing waterfalls including the twin cascades at Helton Creek Falls. In addition, there are warm weather water sports on pristine Lake Winfield Scott and Lake Nottely, and the 20-acre lake and swimming beach at one of Georgia’s most beloved summer getaways, Vogel State Park.

 

Horseback Riding

Inhale the unmistakable smell of fresh hay! One of the best ways to get back to nature and explore the countryside around Blairsville and Union County is on horseback. Stables cater to riders of all levels, even children. The Union County Saddle Club hosts rodeos and horsemanship competitions all year long!  

A Step Above Stables

696 Mauney Circle, Blairsville, Ga
(706) 745-9051

Trackrock Stables

202 Trackrock Camp Road, Blairsville, Ga
(706) 745-5252                                            

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

6321 US Hwy 76, Young Harris, Ga
(706) 379-9900                                                

Union County Saddle Club

73 Saddle Club Drive, Blairsville, Ga 

*Photo courtesy of Scott M. Anna   

 

Waterfalls

Take a shower! Under a waterfall, that is. Few sounds on Earth have the ability to mesmerize and cleanse the soul like a waterfall, so plan a day to visit local favorites such as Helton Creek Falls, Wolf Creek Falls at Vogel State Park, or nearby DeSoto Falls. For additional waterfall fun in the region download the North Georgia Waterfalls app on IOS or Android.

 

Appalachian Trail / Hiking

Almost anywhere you go in Union County, you’ll find a hiking trail — whether it’s an easy walk through Meeks Park or a mountain trail that traverses streams, climbs switchbacks, and descends into deep gorges. Consider taking a walk on the legendary Appalachian Trail via the historic Walasi-Yi Center at Neel Gap. It’s the only place where the 2,189- mile-long trail passes through a man-made structure.

Brasstown Bald Mountain
 

Brasstown Bald Mountain

Brasstown Bald, GA, rising 4,784 feet above sea level, is Georgia’s tallest mountain. Its incredible 360 degree view allows you to see Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina on a clear day. Reach the summit via trails or shuttle bus. Enjoy hiking trails, picnicking, and a Visitor Information Center tour that focuses on Georgia history, geology, and the natural world. You can also watch a 15-minute movie about the incredible changes to the Brasstown landscape during the year. Open daily (10am-5pm) during peak season May – November. Open December – April as weather allows. Please call to verify hours of operation. 706-745-6928.

www.cfaia.org/brasstown-bald-recreation-area-visitor-centers-in-georgia/

Lake Nottely
 

Lake Nottely

The 4,180-acre, TVA-controlled Lake Nottely is a fisherman’s paradise with 106 miles of pristine shoreline nestled in the mountains just northwest of Blairsville. The are ample opportunities to land largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie and striped bass, among others. This unspoiled lake offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors. Construction of the dam was completed in 1942. It is 184 feet high and stretches 2,300 feet across the Nottely River. 

Outdoor Outfitters & Guide Services

With an abundance of natural resources in our backyard, Blairsville-Union County offers a variety of outdoor outfitters and guide services for your next hiking, fishing, biking, or camping trip. 

Blairsville Bikes & Hikes

49 Blue Ridge Street, Blairsville, GA
706-745-814

Mountain Crossings

12471 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA
706-745-6095
Poteete Creek Park and Campground
 

Poteete Creek Park and Campground

Open spring through fall, this 59-site campground is located off GA Hwy. 325 on the shores of Lake Nottely. There are large and small RV and tent sites, with power and water at most. In addition to camping, you’ll find a boat ramp, picnic tables, swimming area, pavilion, fishing, a playground, restrooms, a bathhouse, and showers. 

Suches and Lake Winfield Scott
 

Suches and Lake Winfield Scott

Known as “The Valley Above the Clouds,” Suches is widely known for its scenic views and abundant outdoor activities. Drive the curvy mountain roads, hike the Appalachian Trail, fish for trout, camp by a mountain lake, and walk on the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. Places to visit in Suches include: 

  • Woody Gap, the unofficial gateway 

  • Dockery Lake, great for camping and fishing 

  • Deep Hole Recreation Area, a beautiful fishing and camping spot in the Chattahoochee National Forest 

  • Sea Creek Falls, a small waterfall 

Take in the area's natural beauty at: 

  • The Swinging Bridge, a footbridge over the Toccoa River 

  • Sosebee Cove, with huge trees and lots of wildflowers 

  • Preacher's Rock, a short hike off the highway with a spectacular view 

  • Lake Winfield Scott, a hidden gem in the Chattahoochee National Forest 

Learn about the life of the 42nd Governor of Georgia, Joseph Emerson Brown, at his homesite, and visit in October for the annual Indian Summer Festival.

Vogel State Park
 

Vogel State Park

At the base of Blood Mountain lies one of Georgia’s oldest and most popular state parks. Stop by to enjoy a natural retreat featuring: 

  • more than 100 campsites 

  • 35 cottages 

  • picnic shelters 

  • a 22-acre lake with swimming beach 

  • a mini golf course 

  • hiking trails 

  • a playground 

  • Wolf Creek Falls 

  • a museum 

  • general store 

  • and much more! 

Enjoy one of their seasonal festivals or take the family for a ride on a peddleboat. Rent canoes, kayaks or paddleboards for tons of summertime fun! 

 

Whitewater Rafting

Experience the thrill of nature's roller coaster on one of several nearby rivers including the Ocoee (site of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition), Nantahala and Chattooga.  A variety of water sports and a world of fun awaits.  See our Business Directory for a list of river guide companies.