The town of Blairsville is one of the best kept secrets of Georgia when it comes to the Great Outdoors. The area is home to some of the most scenic and beautiful landmarks in the state, such as Vogel State Park, Brasstown Bald, and more than eighty miles of the famous Appalachian Trail, which includes the only section passing through a man-made structure. Visitors will find opportunities for taking in stunning and captivating scenery, picnicking outdoors in nature, hiking, camping, swimming, boating, and much more. The town also boasts some great food as well. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park is one of the most beloved and oldest state parks in Georgia, located within the Chattahoochee National Forest, at the foot of Blood Mountain. Visitors pass through the Neel Gap coming from the south, traveling through the gorgeous mountain pass by Brasstown Bald, the state’s highest point. The state park is especially popular in the fall months, when the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains turn into a blanket of gold, yellow, and red leaves. There are several hiking trails to choose from throughout Vogel State Park, as well as primitive backpacking sites, campsites, and cottages.
405 Vogel State Park Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512, Phone: 706-745-2628
One of the region’s most beautiful parks, Meeks Park in the mountains of North Georgia is situated just outside the main area of Blairsville along Highway 515. Established in 1992, the park is considered to be the Blairsville-Union County Recreation Department’s crown jewel. The park offers many amenities and facilities for visitors to enjoy, including more than four miles of trails, four covered pavilions, basketball court, skate park, four tennis courts, two playgrounds, community pool, a splash pad, a utility field, T-ball field, four batting cages, two softball fields, four baseball fields, eighteen-hole disc golf course, and a large dog park.
490 Meeks Park Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512, Phone: 706-439-6074
The Nottely Dam in Union County is a flood storage and hydroelectric dam along the Nottely River, which runs through Blairsville, Georgia. Built during the 1940’s and operated by the region’s Tennessee Valley Authority, the Nottely Dam resulted in the formation of Lake Nottely, also known as the Nottely Reservoir. There is also a trail that winds along the Nottely Dam’s shoreline. This trail can be biked or hiked in a figure-eight path instead of simply a standard loop. In addition to biking and hiking, visitors may also spot wildlife along the trail, such as white-tailed deer.
4.Hole In The Wall
© Hole In The Wall
The Hole In The Wall is the oldest diner in the Union County of Georgia, situated in the heart of the downtown square of Blairsville. Founded in 1931, the building has been a restaurant since it was established, however, it has changed owners from time to time. Chef Mark Cox purchased the legendary Hole In The Way in 2006, bringing the restaurant back to life. The local dining establishment serves breakfast all day and lunch, offering a wide variety of options. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00am until 4:00pm and Sundays from 7:30am until 2:30pm.
12B Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512, Phone: 706-745-5888
5.The Copperhead Lodge
© The Copperhead Lodge
The Copperhead Lodge is nestled within North Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains in Blairsville. This high country resort offers fully furnished “Cozy Log Cabins” and charming Lodge guest rooms, as well as the Flying Trout Restaurant. Ran by a nationally-renowned chef, the restaurant serves American cuisine and a menu full of Southern favorites with a touch of charm. The Flying Trout also offers a fully-stocked bar with a selection of craft cocktails, a good wine list, and several local craft beers, as well as popular beer favorites. The Copperhead Lodge also hosts several festivals and other special events throughout the year.
171 Copperhead Pkwy, Blairsville, GA 30512, Phone: 706-835-7433
5 Best Things to Do in Blairsville, GA