From pristine hiking trails to glorious waterfalls, your perfect mountain adventure awaits in Blairsville-Union County, Georgia. Spend a day hiking on the Appalachian Trail or climbing to Georgia’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald. Enjoy the simple beauty of being surrounded by nature at Vogel State Park. Lakes Nottely and Winfield Scott are waiting for you to kayak, boat, fish, or swim in their miles of natural perfection. New adventures await each day in Blairsville.
In Blairsville, you can hike on the legendary Appalachian Trail via the historic Walasi-Yi Center at Neel Gap. It’s the only place where the 2,189- mile-long trail passes through a man-made structure, and the ground floor of the Civilian Conservation Corps-built building is now a hiker hostel.
Perhaps the breath-taking sights at 4,784 feet above sea level is what brings you to Blairsville, to Georgia’s tallest peak, Brasstown Bald. On the Bald you will find picnic areas with great views; a general store with locally made products; three trailheads – Jack’s Knob, Arkaquah, and the Wagon Train trails – just off of the parking lot; a mountaintop natural science & history museum; theater that plays a short video every half-hour; and an observation deck that offers a spectacular 360° view of the surrounding area. On a clear day, you can see four states, and even the Atlanta skyline, without a telescope! Try the hike to the top of Brasstown Bald using the paved trail.
Other hikes in the area take you to the silvery showers of beautiful waterfalls, including Helton Creek Falls, Trahlyta Falls, and DeSoto Falls. Hike the 0.2-mile Helton Creek Falls Trail to the falls. While the hike is easy, watch for abrupt changes in grade along the short walk. The trail rewards hikers with views of the lower falls, which drop over a 30′ ledge and tumble to a pool below, and the upper falls, a tall, full falls that drop at least 60 feet. Please stay on the trail or observation deck.