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      Meeks Park
 Helton Creek Falls
 Appalachian Trail signs
 walking trail in Meeks Park or swinging a golf club in just minutes.
It won’t take long for
you to go from being
a newcomer to feeling
like a local.
guide to answer the call to mountain living — from newcomer information
to a complete list of Blairsville-Union County Chamber members who are ready to roll out the welcome mat. We’re looking forward to calling you “neighbor.”
Work Hard, Live Well
Business owners — and those dreaming of starting their own business — will find a prosperous and supportive busi- ness community. Business in Blairsville- Union County comes with a slower pace of life and tight-knit community without sacrificing modern technology.
When you’re ready to make the move to a place where your family and your business can thrive, we’re here to help. You’ll find everything you need in this
It may have been gold fever that originally drew folks to the North Georgia mountains, but the area’s beauty and opportunities surely made them stay! In the late 1820s, a gold strike in nearby Dahlonega set off a genuine gold rush in the area. It eventually ran dry, so for- tune hunters moved on.
Union County was originally carved from Cherokee territory during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. It was likely named for the Union Party, a political group that supported removing Native Americans in order to open the area to white settlers.
Blairsville, the county seat, was named after Kentuckian Francis Preston Blair, a supporter of Andrew Jackson and editor of the Washington Globe. Blairsville was originally incorporated in 1835 and, to this day, remains the only incorporated town in the County.
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In general, we are significantly cooler than other cities in the Southeast and
somewhat colder (and sometimes snowier!) thanks to our higher elevation.
Summers tend to be humid and fairly warm in the mountains, although the days always start and end somewhat cooler. Temperatures can reach the high 80s or even the low 90s with rain showers common in the afternoon.
Fall is glorious, typically with brisk clear days and chilly nights, although an early season “Indian summer” usually brings a few warm days. Peak leaf color is usually late October to early November, and first frost is usually mid-October.
Winter is definitely snuggle-by-the-fire weather. By November, you’ll have some freezing temperatures at night. A dusting of snow is possible during these colder months, and the mountaintops are frequently capped with snow or rime frost.
Spring, especially the period from mid March to early May, is when the moun- tains come back to life and the wildflowers bloom. The weather is mild and the humidity low. It’s the perfect time to open the windows wide and enjoy the crisp mountain air.
Thanks to our inland location, we're protected from hurricanes and tornadoes. Occasionally we’ll catch the tail end of a tropical storm with heavy rain, or a small funnel cloud will pop up briefly, but these events are infrequent and rarely cause much damage.

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