Wednesday, April 13, 2016

FREE Family Fun In Blairsville Georgia

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We are very excited about our upcoming camping adventure in Blairsville, Georgia. We will be staying a secluded, 300 acre privately owned campground called Trackrock. They offer tent camping, cabin and RV/Popup options. And they have a wide variety of outdoor entertainment including fishing, swimming, hiking and more. But the city of Blairsville offers a whole host of other fabulous sites to see, which we definitely are planning on hitting up before and after out camping trip. Check out all these fun FREE things to do in Blairsville!

(after our trip I will come back and update this post with further information as well as photos of our adventures)

About Blairsville:
Blairsville, the county seat of Union County, was incorporated on December 26,1835 and remains the sole incorporated community in the county. At the heart of Downtown Blairsville is the Historic Union County Courthouse, constructed in 1899, and now home to everything from the Union County Historical Society and Friday Night Concerts to a military museum and dollhouse collection. Nearby is the Blairsville City Hall (formerly the "old" jail built in 1934). Both historical buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2011, Blairsville was designated as an official Appalachian Trail Community. This designation recognizes Blairsville for its part in promoting awareness of the Appalachian Trail as an important national and local resource.

  • Track Rock Gap - The Track Rock Gap rock art and stone landscape sites on the Chattahoochee National Forest were created by Creek and Cherokee people beginning more than 1,000 years ago. Be sure to print decoders from the website.
  • Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm - Visiting Lasso the Moon is a fun, educational and tactile experience. They are committed to sharing their knowledge of alpacas and all that comes with raising and breeding them to folks interested in learning more about these fuzzy, gentle beings. They want their visitors to have a hands on experience. They will show you the fiber both on and off the animal,explain what they look for in their show string and share with you the fun things you can do with fiber to create beautiful end products. They will be real with you. Sharing both their good experiences and our challenges. No fee is charged however they do accept donations! Appointments are NEEDED!
  • Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage CenterThe home of acclaimed poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece, the Farm is a place to learn about the man, to learn about rural life in Appalachia in the mid-20th century, and a place to enjoy the beauty of Wolf Creek and the surrounding mountains. There is a fee for adults, but kids 12 and younger are free. 
  • Blood Mountain - Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia, with an elevation of 4,458 feet. This 4.3 mile out-and-back Blood Mountain trail hikes the Byron Reece and Appalachian Trails to incredible summit views near Helen, Georgia.
  • Mountain Crossings - 
  • Meeks Park - This is a nice little park in the heart of Blairsville and features walking trails, a playground, skatepark, disk golf and swimming pool (fee).
  • Helton Creek Falls - The Helton Creek Falls Trail is an easy 0.2 mile hike that leads to a beautiful waterfall.
  • Sleepy Hollow Enterprises - Arthur Millican Jr. is a former Disney artisan now relocated to the small community of Blairsville, in the beautiful North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. His working experiences include years at Disney as an artist and model maker, and later consulting and design services for Dollywood, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and many other commercial parks and real estate developments world-wide. 
  • Vogel State Park - ($5 parking fee) - One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
  • Union County Historical  Society MuseumAdmission is free at both the Courthouse Museum and our Museum of Mountain Life.  A small donation is always appreciated for museum upkeep.
  • Brasstown Bald -  Brag to your friends that you've been to the top of Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet! Reach the summit via trails or shuttle bus. Visitor Information Center open weekends in April-May, full time Memorial Day-October, based on weather. 
  • Lake NottelyLake Nottely Reservoir lies in the state of Georgia on the southeastern edge of the Georgia River watershed, nestled in the mountains and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Lake Nottely lake is 20 miles long and has 4,180 surface acres at normal summer pool elevations.
  • Misty Mountain Railroad - (Frugal fun - $2 kids 6-16, $5 adults, under 6 FREE)  This huge model train museum/exhibit started out as three hobbyists' escape. Tours are offered M, W, F at 1:30 pm and Sat. 1:30pm and 4pm and Sun. 2:30 pm. 
  • More Appalachian Trails - A few of the trails I highlighted above but there are many more to explore.

Be sure to also check out these awesome festivals Blairsville Arts, Crafts & Music Festival (May), Blairsville Scottish Festival & Games (the second weekend in June) and the Butternut Creek Arts & Crafts Festival (in July), Mountain Heritage Festival (September).

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