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Blairsville, Georgia

With lots of outdoor fun, delightful attractions, festivals held throughout the year, and four distinct seasons whose colors bring a pastel Spring, verdant green Summer, blazing Autumn and white Winter to Blairsville.

Located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest amidst North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, visitors find hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more! Eight waterfalls, including the twin cascades at Helton Creek Falls, and warm weather water sports on pristine Lake Winfield Scott and Nottely Lake, are favorites of guest and locales, not to mention the 20-acre lake and swimming beach at one of Georgia’s most beloved summer getaways, Vogel State Park. Visit for all the fun!

Besides water fun, Blairsville has plenty of attractions on land, too: the Old Courthouse Museum with its 1899 Romanesque Revival-style courthouse, internationally renowned Margarita Morgan Miniature Collection and Native American artifacts; and the historical Walasi-Yi Center atop Blood Mountain, the only place where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure and home of the “museum of old soles.”

Blairsville has lots of artisan galleries and arts-and-crafts shopping, quirky antique and general stores, a mill where you can buy stone-ground grits, two alpaca farms where you can shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry – and alpacas – plus two spas, a land of pure enchantment at Sleepy Hollow and charmer of a restaurant scene that includes coffee bars, scratch-cooking cafés and the place all the locals know: The Sawmill Place, home of the mouth watering 32-ingredient Morning Glory muffin.

This family-friendly burg 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. And there are deluxe cabin accommodations with room for everyone – not to mention hot tubs, fireplaces, board games, even game rooms – tucked all over the county and with stunning views of woods and water.