Blairsville, GA

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Tucked into the Blue Ridge mountains at an elevation of 1,900 feet above sea level, Blairsville, Georgia features the best of the local arts and crafts scene, dramatic views of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain, colorful surrounding countryside, and an eclectic calendar of festivals and events all year round.

Blairsville is the county seat of Union County, and the doorway to this beautiful region's most spectacular outdoor recreation. With Blairsville as their launch point, visitors can hike, fish, bike, kayak, and raft on the white waters of the Toccoa River. For a taste of the area's indigenous history, visit Track Rock Gap to view ancient petroglyphs and rock art left by early Native Americans.

Spend a leisurely afternoon at Meeks Park to enjoy the kinetic sculptures of local artist Al Garnto,  turn the kids loose in the skate park and public pool, or play a round of disc golf on the championship course. For traditional golfers, the area offers several challenging and scenic golf courses to choose from.

In town, there are great opportunities for shopping, with merchants selling everything from antiques and collectibles to museum quality arts and crafts by local artists. Don't miss the historic courthouse on the square, built in 1899 and now converted to a mountain cultural center, local history museum, and concert hall for summer music.

Blairsville celebrates mountain traditions all year long with festivals and arts and crafts shows scheduled for every month of the year. Highlights of these include the Sorghum Festival in October, the Mountain Music Arts and Crafts Festival in September, the Mountain Heritage Festival in August, and the Butterfly Benefit Bluegrass Festival in May