... You’ll be Captivated By it’s Charms Blairsville Georgia has the energy of con-temporary life combined with traditions of the history of the Appalachian Mountains. Every year people travel to visit this quaint little town and are captivated by it’s charming downtown city and friendly hometown hospitality. Visitors are immediately drawn to the Courthouse, located in the center of a traffic circle built in 1899. Although the original clock tower has been removed it is still visible on display with a Museum open to the public. The Union County Historical Society has nightly bell music from the tower and Friday Night Concerts of local bands and Gospel singings May – October. Blairsville was incorporated in 1835 & named for Frank (Francis Preston) “Blair”, who was a Washington, D.C. newspaper editor. History abounds in downtown Blairsville at the Mountain Life Museum, which replicates life in the early days. The Mock House circa 1906 and Payne Cabin. Other historical sites include The Reece Farm & Heritage Center, homestead of the famous poet Byron Herbert Reece. Continuing South on Hwy. 129 is the Walasi Yi Center; located at the top of Blood Mountain where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through. Visitors will relish the ever-changing panorama of this breathtaking scenery of the many opportunities of Recreational activities including golf, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as fishing and watersports. Lake Nottely Reservoir, a 4,180-acre lake has a dam reservoir that features a beach, camping area and is a popular place forviewing wildlife. Many Watersports outlets provide fishing supplies seasonal boating & jet ski rentals to help you enjoy this beautiful scenic mountain paradise. The Chattahoochee National Forest in Union County covers more than 98,000 acres. Adventurers can explore eight wonderful waterfalls, including Vogel State Park just south of town, as well as petroglyphs left by ancient natives in the soapstone at Trackrock Archeological Area, just east of Blairsville. Brasstown Bald offers a 360 degree view of breath-taking sights at 4,784 ft. with an Observation Deck and Visitors Center open May– November. The Downtown area has many events including the Spring Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival held Memorial Day weekend. The heart of the town has cruise-in on the square, parades, concerts, great shopping, and restuarants. Other annual events include The Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games held each June with Bagpip Bands, dancing, Scottish food, children’s games, Historical Re-enactors and atheletes. The Butternut Creek Festival held in July with local and regional handmade Arts & Crafts. The Sorghum Festival in October that showcases Sorghum Syrup making, great food and live entertainment. Year round events and beautiful scenery invite people to lodge in cabins, retreats, and campgrounds located throughout Blairsville for family vacations, weddings, and weekend getaways. Local wineries and distilleries offer tastings for agri-tourism and often have entertainment on weekends. Where ever you travel in Blairsville, you will want to come back to the “Charms” that this town has to offer! For more information visit www.VisitDowntownBlairsville or www.VisitBlairsville.com [...]
Becky Branch Falls This 20-foot cascade is located just five minutes from downtown Clayton and is easily accessible. Clayton/Rabun County Area: From Clayton, drive east on Warwoman Road for 2.8 miles and park on the left side of the road. Walk up the right side of the branch on the trail for about 200 yards to a bridge at the base of the falls. Estatoah Falls Estatoah Falls is a large, open waterfall that may be viewed from the highway. Directions: It is about 1/2 mile beyond Dillard. Turn right on Highlands/Sky Valley Road (GA 246). Start looking for the falls on the right after 1 mile. There is a pull-out vantage point near the falls about 1 mile up the mountain. Hemlock Falls The scenic two-mile trail leading to Hemlock Falls teases visitors with the sounds of rushing water during the entire hike. From Clayton: take 76W to HWY 197. Follow HWY 197 to Moccasin Creek State Park/ Lake Burton Fish Hatchery, turning right onto Andersonville Lane, the gravel road across from the hatchery. Continue 0.5 miles until the road dead ends at the trailhead. Follow the trail along Moccasin Creek. You will cross a bridge above one set of falls and will pass another small set of falls on your left before continuing up the trail to the larger Hemlock Falls. Horse Trough Falls A succession of five waterfalls graces this 170-acre scenic area. These falls have an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. Helen/Hiawassee Area: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 11.4 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 283 at the High Shoals sign. Go 1.5 miles on this road to the High Shoals Scenic Area. Martin Creek Falls This two-tier waterfall is 35 feet high with aquatic plants covering the weeping rock wall on the left. This 20-minute walk (.5 mile) follows the Bartram Trail along the west side of the creek. Clayton/Rabun County Area: From Clayton, go east on Warwoman Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 152, and drive past the Game Checking Station. The park drive is .5-mile. Park in a small cleared camping area on the left bend in the road. Walk west from the camping area. Cross Martin Creek, then travel uphill for about .4 mile to the top of the falls. Minnehaha Falls The Minnehaha Trail, .4-mile in length, follows Fall Branch until it dead ends at Minnehaha Falls. This waterfall is approximately 100 feet high (falling and shoaling). Clayton/Rabun County Area: Take U.S. 23/441 north from Tallulah Falls for three miles to the Rabun Beach Recreation Area sign. Turn left onto Old 441. Go 2.5 miles and take a left on Lake Rabun Road. Go 1 mile past Recreation area. Take a left on Low Gap Road. Follow Bear Gap road which forks to the left. Go 1.5 miles to the sign marking the trail on the right side of the road.