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 34 | Attractions & Recreation
  Meeks Park disc golf course
 Brasstown Bald
 WYour Basecamp for Adventure
The Great Outdoors Are Calling
Where else can you get in 18 holes of golf right The Georgia Department of Tourism proclaimed Meeks Park
in the middle of town, and then hit the river or lake to jet ski, one of the most beautiful parks in the North Georgia mountains. kayak or fly fish? The hardest part of living in Union County Both Butternut Creek and the Nottely River meander through may just be trying to fit in all those great outdoor activities! the magnificent shady oaks of the park, which is located about a
Parks, Waterfalls, Trails and More
Parks, preserves and points of interest are around every corner.
ANNA RUBY FALLS
3455 Anna Ruby Falls Road, Helen (706) 878-1448 | cfaia.org
Anna Ruby Falls, located about 30 miles from Blairsville, is one of North Georgia’s most-visited waterfalls. In addition to the paved trail to the falls, you’ll find a visitor center and gift shop, picnic spots, fishing, plus public programs and activities.
BRASSTOWN BALD
GA 180 Spur, Hiawassee (706)896-2556 | cfaia.org
The views are breathtaking from atop Brasstown Bald — the state’s tallest mountain at 4,784 feet — where you can see North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and even downtown Atlanta on a clear day. If you want a challenge, you can tackle the steep, but paved, trail to the top. If not, just take the shuttle. The Visitors Center at the top includes an extensive museum and presentations on forestry in North Georgia.
COOPER CREEK RECREATION AREA
GA 60, Suches
(706)745-6928 | www.fs.usda.gov
A quiet getaway awaits you in Cooper Creek, where you can enjoy flowers blooming in the spring and leaves turning in the fall. Hike miles of easy-to-moderate trails, or hunt, camp and fish. Cooper Creek and nearby Mulky Creek are both wild- and stocked-trout streams.
MEEKS PARK
490 Meeks Park Road, Blairsville
(706) 439-6074 | www.unioncountyga.gov
mile west of Blairsville and straddles both sides of Highway 515. Meeks Park is home to baseball and softball fields, as well as tennis courts, a playground, dog park, skateboard park, seasonal swimming pool and kids’ “splash pad.” Paddlers gain convenient river access at the kayak/canoe launch. The 18-hole disc golf course winds through the park and features concrete tee boxes. A 900-seat amphitheater is also planned. Miles of walking and hiking trails take visitors past unique art installations, such as the “We Are Still Here” statue by nationally renowned Pawnee/ Cherokee artist Daniel Horsechief, and various metal sculptures by local artist Al Garnto. In addition to the refurbished Tate GristMill,theparkalsohasafullyfunctioningsorghummill, making it a perfect setting for the annual Blairsville Sorghum Festival each fall. Other regular festivals include the Butternut Creek Festival and the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games, both held during the summer.
MOUNTAIN CROSSINGS AT WALASI-YI
12471 Gainesville Highway, Blairsville
(706) 745-6095 | www.mountaincrossings.com
The stone building of the Walasi-yi Interpretive Center has been standing at Neel Gap on the Appalachian Trail since it was built bytheCivilianConservationCorpsin1937.Today,thebuilding also houses Mountain Crossings, an outfitting store and back- packers destination on the AT. It’s also the only place where the 2,190-mile-long AT passes through a man-made structure.
POTEETE CREEK CAMPGROUND
1040 Poteete Creek Road, Blairsville
(706) 439-6103 | www.unioncountyga.gov
Open spring through fall, this 59-site campground is located off
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