Connecting Town and Trail
Welcome to Blairsville-Union County, Georgia, located in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Just 30.7 miles from the A.T.’s southern terminus, you’ll find the only covered portion of the A.T., as the white-blazed trail passes right through Mountain Crossings at the Walasi-Yi Center. Whether heading north or south on the A.T., Mountain Crossings is an ideal place to resupply, rest at their hostel, pick up mail, or experience the Trail-famous “shakedown” to help hikers lighten their loads. If you are day hiking, thru-hiking, or section-hiking, the Blood Mountain Wilderness area offers a plethora of hiking trails off the A.T., including a trail to Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia. Click here for a map and descriptions of all the Union County trails. For Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest recreation information, including trail or area closures, please click here.
A hiker-friendly community, Blairsville-Union County encourages you to explore the authentic pre-Civil War mountain community of Blairsville. Shuttle rides to town are easily obtainable, and you’ll find many discounts specifically for hikers from the A.T. Community Supporters in the area including lodging, dining, and supplies. Recently, local volunteers researched the history of the A.T. in north Georgia to educate folks about the many contributions and developments of north Georgia as it relates to the A.T. Click here to read more.
Plan Your Visit
There is pure seduction to the outdoor pursuits of Blairsville-Union County; this Georgia gem is uncrowded, serene and overwhelmingly picturesque. From its high peaks and green valleys to its bubbling creeks and waterfalls, Blairsville acts as a lightning rod for those who want an outdoor escape. In the small towns of Blairsville and Suches you will find hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding; water sports on Lake Winfield Scott and Lake Nottely as well as Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park, one of Georgia’s oldest and most popular state parks; art galleries, arts-and-crafts shopping and artists’ studios; a variety of restaurants; and mountain accommodations from primitive campgrounds to rustic or luxurious cottages and cabins.
This family-friendly community hosts nearly two dozen festivals and events each year, including favorites Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games in June and the annual Sorghum Festival at Meeks Park in October. Other notable events include free Friday Night Concerts at the Historic Courthouse and the impressive Union County Farmers Market. For a full listing of area events, click here. From serene to extreme with everything in between, it’s easy to spend a few days exploring these magical mountain towns of Suches and Blairsville.