Blairsville offers a wealth of recreational pursuits. A hiker's paradise, any adventurer will discover unlimited scenic beauty in the unspoiled Chattahoochee National Forest or the lesser known trails of Duncan Ridge and the Benton MacKaye Trail. Several waterfalls are within a days hike including DeSoto Falls, Dukes Creek Falls and Horse Trough Falls. You'll find many opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, gold panning and fishing.
Union county is 204,736 acres, with 97,843 of that being a part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The counties population is around 18,000 with 700 of those folks living in the county seat, the town of Blairsville. A recent addition to the county has been the North Georgia Technical College, a 5.5 million dollar facility that teaches everything from allied health to computer technologies to hotel/restaurant management. This 48,000 square foot structure offers state of the art classrooms , labs and meeting facilities and incorporates the latest technology in every program.
For the water lovers, Union County offers many lakes. The largest being Lake Nottely at 4180 acres with a 106 miles of shoreline. There is also Lake Trahlyta the popular 280 acre lake in Vogel State Park which offers swimming fishing and paddle boating. Two smaller lakes are Winfield Scott and Lake Woody near Suches.
For the less adventurous who would rather drive then hike there is the Richard Russell Scenic Highway. This 14 mile stretch of road crosses the Appalachian trail and offers scenic overlooks at elevations over 3600 feet, a must see during fall foliage.
So come see what this growing area has to offer in the "Land of Scenic Beauty and Friendly People."