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! 

*Photo courtesy of Scott M. Anna   



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.

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.

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.

Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park

At the base of Blood Mountain lies one of Georgia’s oldest and most popular state parks. 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. 



Looking for an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy? Geocaching is a great way to explore North Georgia, including the areas you might have overlooked. There are trails all over Georgia, including Blairsville’s own Vogel State Park. For an outdoor activity with lots of family fun, geocaching can’t be beat.