Union County, Blairsville, Georgia Holiday-Winter 2018-2019 - Page 35

Union County GA Magazine . Holiday & Winter 2018-19 . www.unioncountymag.com Page 35 Places of Interest in Union County 1. Brasstown Bald is the highest natural point in the state of Georgia with a summit elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level. Cherokee people Observation Tower call it Enotah. It is partly in Union. State Route 180 Spur, a 2.6- mile route that connects SR 180. 2. Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center 415 acres of orchards, test plots, pasture land, specimen and preservation gardens, historic sites and forests. The center is used by University of Georgia GA faculty to conduct ongoing research and education projects. Hwy. 129 South of Blairsville. 3. Meeks Park is the envy of parks in Northeast Georgia. Lighted baseball and softball fields, swimming pool, tennis courts, pavilions, playground, gazebos, trails, Butternut Creek, Nottely River, picnic areas, adult excercise area. Host for festivals and events. Hwy. 515 west of Blairsville about a mile. 4. Lake Winfield Scott offers bass, bream and trout. The lake is open to fishing year round. A U.S. Forest Service campground at the lake and there is a place to swim. 5. Lake Nottely 4,180 acres, 106 miles of shoreline with boating, fishing and other activities. Two marinas and several public boat ramps. Formed in 1942 by the damming of the Nottely River. The dam is 184 feet high and stretches 2,300 feet across the Nottely River. Nearly 70% of the Helton Creek shoreline under the USFS and undeveloped. 6. Vogel State Park is a 233-acre state park located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The park features streams, hiking trails, waterfall, Lake Trahlyta and a wide assortment of plants and animals. Campsites, rental cottages, mini-golf, playground, general store, swimming, pedal-boats, fishing and other activities. 11 miles south of Blairsville on US 19/ 129. 7. Union County Community Center Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center, and Union County Development Authority’s offices. Open to the public, it is available for banquets, meetings, conferences, weddings, reunions, and receptions. 8. Butternut Creek Golf Course features rolling valley holes and challenging slopes with mountain views from all 18 holes. Butternut Creek plays to a modest 6,500+ yards, water comes into play on 13 holes. Mounds, undulating greens, and elevation changes are found throughout the course. 9. Cooper Creek Scenic Area 1,240-acre area ranges between 2,000 and 2,500 feet in elevation, surrounded by more than 34,000 acres of the Cooper Creek Water Management Area and the slightly Falls larger, overlapping Cooper Creek Wildlife Management Area. 10. Helton Creek Falls Upper and Lower falls, trail less than a half mile long. Spectacular 100 foot drop of the upper falls. 11 miles south of Blairsville on US 19/129 South. 11. Old Courthouse museum, community events. 12. Union County Courthouse is home to many government offices. 13. Blairsville City Hall has city council chambers, city offices and an old jail. 14. Raburn-Casteel House National Register of Historic Places on October 26, 2001. 15. Mountain Crossing (Walasi-Yi) Stone building on US 19/129 at Neels Gap. Only place where the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure. Built in the Union County War Memorial 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. 16. Trackrock Archaeological Area 52-acre area with what some believe are preserved petroglyphs of American Indians. 17. 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. 18. Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center located south of Blairsville on Hwy. 19/ 129. 19. Union County High, Middle, Elementary, Primary Schools Among the top achieving schools in the state. 20. Woody Gap School is the smallest public school in the state of Georgia 21. Union County War Memorial was dedicated in 1995. Monuments to each of the wars list the names of those in military action. There is a flag plaza Richard Russell Highway with the American Flag, flags of Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and a Georgia state flag. Open to the public at no charge. 22. Mountain Life Museum is a 1.8-acre site. Photos by Norm C 706-897-9435