A destination as varied as its seasons, Blairsville-Union County offers fun for everyone.

Our historic downtown and friendly people are famous for southern hospitality and warm welcomes.

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Explore Blairsville-Union County through a variety of outdoor activities: golf, hiking, horseback riding, to name a few. Students of the past immerse themselves in days gone by with visits to historical attractions and Blairsville's History Trail.

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The North Georgia Farm Trail in Union County introduces visitors to local agriculture and farm-fresh goods. Travelers enjoy the exquisite mountain scenery from the seat of their motorcycles as they tour winding roads and often take a basket of locally grown produce home for dinner.

Golf & Golf Alternatives

Tee off at one of Blairsville-Union County’s fine golf courses, all of which make our mountains and streams the stars of the course.

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    Butternut Creek Golf Course

    Butternut Creek Golf Course is conveniently in downtown Blairsville and is owned and operated by the Union County Recreation Department. This beautiful course features 18-holes with rolling slopes, water challenges and fantastic views! Sitting just below Ivy Log Mountain, you can play each unique hole and enjoy the stunning scenes.

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    Brasstown Valley Golf Course

    In lovely Young Harris, Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa features a beautifully maintained 18-hole golf course designed by Denis Griffiths. The golf course winds through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams framed in by the mountains. With five sets of tees, all skill levels can enjoy a layout that is maintained to high standards.

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    Old Union Golf Course

    Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Union presents a true adventure in golf. The valley layout, with a distinctive links feel, can be thoroughly enjoyed by beginners to professionals. Beauty, serenity and challenge make the Old Union experience so memorable folks find themselves returning again and again.

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    Meeks Park Disc Golf

    In beautiful Meeks Park, this disc golf course boasts 18 beautiful and challenging holes over mixed terrain, including woods and open areas. You can download a scorecard and learn more on the course website. http://meeksdiscgolf.weebly.com/


Hiking

Union County is home to a myriad of the most magnificent trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Warning: From the novice to the seasoned expert, our hikes often become addictive. Of course, we're most famous for the start of the Appalachian Trail (AT), and you can check that and other trails out at the links below.

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    The Appalachian Trail

    Hike on the legendary Appalachian Trail via the historic Walasi-Yi Center at Neels Gap. Fun Fact: It's the only place where the 2,189- mile-long trail passes through a man-made structure.


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Horseback riding

HORSEBACK RIDING

There is nothing like exploring Blairsville-Union County’s trails on horseback.
Choose from several local riding stables where you'll experience the mountains up close and personal on the back of a gentle, well-loved horse.


HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

Originally home to Native Americans, Union County attracted many white settlers when gold was discovered in Georgia’s mountains in the 1820s. Those who love history will discover plenty of things to see and do in Blairsville-Union County.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

Visit the birthplace and land which inspired the Pulitzer prize nominated Appalachian poet and novelist, Byron Herbert Reece.  Born in 1917, Reece produced an enduring body of poetry and fiction from the sounds and spirits of his north Georgia homeland.  The Farm and Heritage Center allows you to step back to a simpler way of life. Tour the farm with the help of a self-guided brochure, walk around the farm in Hub Reece's footsteps, wander through the museum and browse the gift shop. 

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Historic Courthouse and Museum

Architecture and history come alive for you when you visit this Romanesque brick and granite courthouse built in 1899 on the square in downtown Blairsville. Added to the Register of Historic Places in 1980, and recently restored, it's now a local history museum, cultural center, and summertime concert hall. 706-745-5493

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Mountain Life Museum

Explore the local history Mountain Life Museum, consisting of the Historic 1899 Courthouse, the 1906 Butt/Mock Home, the 1861 John Payne Cabin, the c. 1830 Duncan Cabin and a late 1800s Corn Crib.

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Trackrock Archaeological Area

Walk a mile in the moccasins of Native Americans within this two-acre area. View preserved petroglyphs of ancient native origin that were carved or pecked into soapstone boulders. You'll marvel at the variety of symbols made by hunters that represent Native American beliefs. Brasstown District Ranger Station - 706-745-6928

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Walasi Yi Center

At the Walasi Yi Center (Cherokee for "Frog Town") you can immerse yourself in the past at this historical stone structure built in 1937 in the Blood Mountain Archaeological area. Currently the first mail-drop available to northbound hikers that does not require leaving the trail, Walasi Yi Center is the only place where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure.

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Union County History Trail

Explore 17 locations identified as 50 years or older throughout Blairsville-Union County. Stopping points include historic landmarks, local businesses, attractions and interesting museums. Whether you explore only a couple or choose to experience each stop, you will be enamored by the culture and history of Blairsville-Union County at each destination.

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    North Georgia Farm Trail

    Follow the North Georgia Farm Trail as it meanders through Jasper, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville, and Hiawassee towns and countryside. Sample the harvest of the Georgia mountains. Farm stores and stands, orchards and u-pick, vineyards and wineries, farm to table dining, corn mazes, horseback riding, and more will make your trip a feast for the taste buds and the eyes from beginning to end.


Motorcycle Drives

Experience the ride of your life in Blairsville-Union County. Home to several of the North Georgia mountain's top rides, motorcyclists take in beautiful waterfalls, fall foliage, breathtaking mountain views and sample some sensational BBQ along the way.

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