129 County Recreation Road, Suite 200
P.O. Box 801 • Blairsville, GA 30514

Phone: 706-745-4500 Fax: 706-745-1859
Wednesday - Nov 20, 2019

Escape, Discover, Play in Blairsville

You'll find plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Union County, Georgia. Take the boat out on one of our lakes or camp lakeside; fish for trout, or paddle in our rivers and streams; hike or mountain bike our many trails, possibly ending at a gorgeous waterfall; play in our parks; see the area on horseback; hit our greens; or relax among the vines at a fabulous winery. You’ll find it all here in Union County.

LAKES
Lake Nottely

The 4,180-acre TVA-controlled Lake Nottely is a fisherman’s paradise, offering ample opportunities to land largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie and striped bass, among others. With 106 miles of pristine shoreline nestled in the mountains just northwest of Blairsville, this unspoiled lake offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors. For information on lake levels and water releases for Lake Nottely, visit TVA: Nottely

Lake Nottely Marina

Nottely Marina offers a general store, fuel dock, live bait & tackle, restroom facilities, covered and uncovered slips, boat launching ramp and parking, and rentals of pontoon boats, fishing boats and canoes.

Nottely Boat Club & Marina

Nottely Boat Club & Marina on Lake Nottely offers a general store, boat slip rentals, pontoon boat rentals, gas on the lake and at the store on the road, a large deck overlooking the lake, and groceries and sandwiches in the store.

Lake Winfield Scott

Near Suches, high in the mountains, you’ll find this clear 18-acre lake with picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating and hiking. There is a covered pavilion and bath house near the swimming area.

Lake Trahlyta

Lake Trahlyta is the centerpiece of Vogel State Park. This 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats. During summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach.

CAMPING

Numerous opportunities to camp can be found in Union County, from Vogel State Park’s 85 tent, trailer, RV campsites; 18 walk-in campsites; 35 cottages; pioneer campground; and primitive backpacking campsites; to thousands of acres of National Forest and WMA lands available for camping; to a number of RV campgrounds in the area.

Poteete Creek Campground

Poteete Creek Park is a 100-acre tract on Lake Nottely, with swimming area, 59 camp sites, boat launch, picnic tables, and a picnic pavilion.

RIVERS & STREAMS

Hundreds of creeks and trout streams flow through Union County, attracting anglers and water sports enthusiasts for fishing and paddling. The Nottely River flows below Vogel State Park and offers a spectacular view of nature during all seasons. Mountain trout fishing is a treat from this stream. There are 60 miles of designated trout streams within Union County. River rafting is available on the Nottely River which flows from south to north through Blairsville into Lake Nottely. Within a three-quarter hour drive is the Ocoee River Gorge, where its raging waters hosted the kayak event for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

APPALACHIAN & OTHER TRAILS, WALASI YI CENTER

The Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine across Union County. The Walasi-Yi Center, a major stop for hikers, is 4 miles south of Vogel State Park at Neel's Gap and U.S. 19/129 near the top of Blood Mountain, Georgia's second highest peak.

WATERFALLS

Numerous vistas are available in the area. The Chattahoochee National Forest covers over 51% of Union County. Waterfalls offer beautiful scenery for hikers throughout the area.

  • • Blood Mountain Falls & Falls on Waters Creek
  • • DeSoto Falls
  • • Haynes Falls
  • • Helton Creek Falls
  • • Horsetrough Falls
  • • Nottely Falls
  • • Trahlyta Falls
  • • Wolf Creek Falls
PARKS

Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park, Georgia's original state park built in 1927, is only 10 miles south of Blairsville just off US 19/129 in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest. With an elevation of 2,280 feet, its facilities at the base of Blood Mountain are built around Lake Trahlyta for swimming, paddle boating and fishing.

Brasstown Bald

Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain at 4,784 feet above sea level, is 20 miles southeast of Blairsville (by road) and offers: a panoramic view of four states, exhibits, video presentations, picnic tables, snack foods, and a log cabin bookstore. A one-half mile walking trail from the parking lot in Union County takes you to the mountain peak and the museum in Towns County. Hottest temperature ever recorded on Brasstown Bald Mountain was 84 degrees F. Click here to see webcam views from the top of Brasstown Bald

Meeks Park Recreation Complex

The Union County Recreation Department maintains and operates Meeks Park, including walking trails, lighted youth and adult softball and Little League baseball fields, utility fields, bleachers, concession stands, restrooms, batting cages, playground equipment, skateboard park, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pool, disc golf course, dog park and picnic facilities. Butternut Creek winds through the park, adding its beauty to the park setting.

HORSEBACK RIDING

One of the best ways to get back to nature and explore the countryside around Blairsville and Union County is on horseback. Stables in the area cater to riders of all levels, even children. To locate a stable, visit www.visitblairsvillega.com/blairsville-union-county-chamber to access the Business Directory of the Blairsville-Union Chamber of Commerce.



WINERIES

Georgia’s wine industry is booming! The microclimate in the Northeast Georgia Mountains is ideal for growing vinifera grapes and the steep red-clay hillsides of North Georgia mirror the "terra rosa" (meaning red earth) soils of some of Europe's most famous wine-growing areas. Area wineries offer tours, tastings and special events year round.

GOLF
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Just 11 miles east of Blairsville at Young Harris, Brasstown Valley Resort is a 503-acre, 135-room resort and conference center with an 18-hole links style championship 7,000-yard golf course. There are also tennis courts, a fitness center, indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, hiking trails and stream fishing. More than 14,000 square feet is available for conferences, meetings and banquets. A fine dining room on the main level seats 160. A Golf Grill provides a more casual type of restaurant on the clubhouse level. Several bars are featured.

Butternut Creek Golf Course

Owned and operated by the Union County Recreation Department, Butternut Creek Golf Course sits in downtown Blairsville below beautiful Ivy Log Mountain. Butternut Creek plays to a modest 6,400+ yards, but 4 to 6 tee boxes on every hole give challenging options for every player. Water comes into play on 13 holes.


Old Union Golf Course

Old Union is a 7,500-yard championship-length golf course designed by world-renowned golf course designer, Denis Griffiths. Old Union’s 250-acre 18-hole course weaves beautifully through the natural meadows, creeks and woods with a breathtaking view of the mountains as its backdrop. The comprehensive practice range is one of the finest in North Georgia. A semi-private club, Old Union has annual golf memberships available.