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Activities

 

Activities with-in the area nearby

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Theme Park (Amusement Park)
  • Zoo/Wildlife Park
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Restaurants
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Water-skiing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing
  • Biking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Basketball Court
  • Antiquing
  • Cinemas/Movie Theaters
  • Live Theater
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Go to the local Drive-In
  • Ride the passenger train
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Tubing

Explore waterfalls

 

Day Trips

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! Enjoy a train ride Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Board the train in historic Blue Ridge. The view changes with the seasons and a ride with Santa and his elves for Christmas. The Scenic Railway departs from the old depot in downtown Blue Ridge. Your destination is downtown McCaysville, Georgia. Walk across the "Blue Line" on the street and you're in Copperhill, Tennessee! The rail adventure is a 3 1/2 hour 26 mile round trip, with a 1 1/2 hour layover to explore. The train runs from March through December, on weekends until June 13th, then daily through July. In the peak month of October, trips are daily beginning on October 3rd. For more information, call 1-800-934-1898

Mercier's ... Apple Orchard
For 50 years, the Mercier family has been welcoming visitors to taste the fruits of the mountains - that's a lot of tourists and a lot of fruit! Mercier's is a major tourist attraction, bringing hundreds of bus loads of visitors to Fannin County year after year. The orchard grows almost 20 varieties of apples, including Gala, Red and Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Stayman, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji and others. Other seasonal fruit also is available, including peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, along with locally grown produce. Mercier's bakery doesn't just produce the most famous fried apple pies in the mountains -- also peach, blueberry, chocolate and coconut, among others. The apple house offers a huge selection of jellies, jams, smoked trout and other gift items to create gift baskets for the holidays. The orchard recently added picture windows in the bakery and fruit processing areas to allow tourists to see the action firsthand. Tourists can also "pick their own" apples in the fall.


McCaysville Cross the Georgia-Tennessee Line
McCaysville, chartered in 1904, is located on the Georgia-Tennessee state line adjacent to Copperhill, Tennessee, its twin city. You can actually have one foot in Georgia and one foot in Tennessee when you cross the Blue Line marking the place where the states meet. Toccoa Avenue (Georgia) turns into Ocoee Street (Tennessee) while the Toccoa River becomes the Ocoee River under an old iron bridge built in 1911 and still standing.

The Appalachian Trail

The slogan is "Maine to Georgia," most people hike the trail the other way, Georgia to Maine. Georgia's mild climate plays a role in this, since hikers like to start the 6 month trek in April. Another reason: the toughest part of the trail, in New Hampshire and Maine is saved for last, when hikers are in condition to handle it. Georgia has nearly eighty miles of the AT running from Springer Mountain on the Fannin-Gilmer line to Bly Gap, where the trail enters North Carolina. Some excellent backpacking adventures await those who decide to hike the Georgia portion of this National Scenic Trail.

Pickin' In the Park
Enjoy live acoustic music including traditional Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues and Jazz music every Thursday from 6:00pm - Dusk during the months of May through September alongside the Toccoa River at Ron Henry-Horseshoe Bend River Park in McCaysville, Georgia.
Pickin' In The Park® is a series of weekly jam sessions that nurture local acoustic music. Bring your instruments and participate in these weekly jam sessions along the river... or come listen, grill-out and dance! Pickin' In The Park® is located under the trees and pavilions alongside the beautiful Toccoa River upstream from McCaysville, Georgia on River Road just off Hwy 60. For more information, call: 423-496-4653. 
              

 

                                  Area Golf Courses

Brasstown Valley Resort
6321 HWY- 76. Young Harris, GA ( 706) 379-9900 or (706) 379-4613
Brasstown Valley resort offers a
spectacular mountain golf experience with scenery as breathtaking as the play is challenging. Ranked by both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top courses to play in Georgia. Designed by Dennis Griffiths, the golf course winds through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams framed in by the mountains.
M-TH /Fri, Sat, Sun 
Twilight starts at 2 p.m. M-TH
Fri, Sat, Sun after 3 p.m.
Senior Day Mon thru Thurs 
Bucket of Balls (Driving Range)$5

Butternut Creek Golf Course – Open Year Round Just off 515 in Blairsville (877) 745-5153 or (706) 439-6076 Butternut Creek Golf Course is one of the area’s finest public golf courses. Experience the thrill of playing this mountainside course with 18 of the best holes and featuring 6,536 yards of dramatic airways, in the northeast Georgia area.
Fees: Monday thru Thursday
Friday thru Sunday

Cherokee Hills Golf & Country Club open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Harshaw Road, Murphy, North Carolina
(800) 334-3905 or (828) 837-5853
18-hole Golf Course - 6,324 yards
Full-service pro shop, driving range and practice area.
Fees: Monday thru Thursday
Friday thru Sunday
Includes tax and cart

The above rates are provided out of courtesy. We are not responsible for any rate change. Please check with golf course for prices as they are subject to change without notice.

                                                       Activities

The Appalachian Trail, which winds from Maine to Georgia crosses through Union County, draws many hikers to the area. You do not have to be a trekker to enjoy many of the day hikes that can be accessed here. Hiking to mountain waterfalls or just through the quiet of the woods reveals an array of scenery and beautiful views. Day hikes range in length from 0.6 mile to the top of Georgia’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald, to the 5.5-mile Arkaquah Trail through the Brasstown Wilderness. Long trails include the 60-mile Duncan Ridge Trail loop and the 11.8-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Information on these and other hiking trails can be picked up at the Chamber office or the U.S. Forest Service office in Blairsville.

Fishing: Lake Nottley, a 4,180-acre lake located in Union County is just the ticket for a day of fishing with the family. The lake offers many coves and quiet places to drop a line and catch dinner. Local trout streams are home to the brook, brown and rainbow trout. Seasonal streams are open from the last Saturday in March through October 31st each year. Trout fishing opportunities include heavily stocked high-use streams, wilderness streams and streams with special regulations. Information on fishing is available from the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources and the local Forest Service office.

Mountain Biking: Designated   mountain biking trails are a short drive away. Jack Rabbit trail, located in Hiawassee is a 20-minute drive from Blairsville. The Tanasi Trail Systems, accessed from the Ocoee Whitewater Center located in Ocoee, TN offers single and double track biking trails. For more information on these and other trails go to 
www.sabacycling.com. The U.S. Forest Service also has two locations for mountain biking in the area, Aska Trails, located near Blue Ridge and the Jake and Bull Mountain multi-use trails near Dahlonega.

OHV Trails: There is two OHV areas within Union County regulated by the U.S. Forest Service. They are Davenport Mountain and Beasley Knob. These OHV areas are for any motorized vehicle that travels off paved roads for recreational purposes. OHV's include: motorbikes such as mini-bikes, dirt bikes, enduros and motor cross bikes; four-wheel drive vehicles such as jeeps, land rovers, and pickups; all-terrain vehicles such as the popular four-wheelers; and dune buggies. The open and closed status of these trails are determined by weather and local conditions, so it is always best to contact the Forest Service before transporting your vehicles to these areas. Trail maps are available online or at the Forest Service facility located in Blairsville. A fee is charged to access Davenport Mountain. It is 5.9 miles in length and is suitable for ATV’s and motorcycles. Beasley Knob is also fee based and is 10.6 miles and suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, ATV’s and motorcycles.

ATV Click here for trails and trips for having a great ride!    

Horseback Riding: They’re several private horseback-riding establishments in Union County; The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest also allows horseback riding. You can now ride on any designated open or closed road in the forest or any designated trail that is open to horseback use, about 200 miles of trails. For more information on any of these activities you can access the U.S. Forest Service website at www.fs.fed.us, choose Georgia, and click on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest link.  

Meeks Park: A great recreation complex includes picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, baseball & softball fields, a soccer field, tennis courts and a public swimming pool. A paved scenic walking trail bordering Butternut Creek set Meeks Park apart from similar complexes. The park includes a designated dog walking trail and a newly added Disc Golf Course. Meeks Park is home to the Butternut Creek Festival, Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Fourth of July fireworks, and many other community activities

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