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Outdoor Activities

Our area offers unsurpassed opportunities for outdoor activities year-round. This part of Georgia is known for its excellent fishing, rafting and canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, you name it. The endless acres of wilderness make for an excellent getaway environment. Below are some of our most popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen, as well as wilderness lovers and nature buffs. It's always smart to contact these operators in advance for more details. Most can be reached by phone or through the Blairsville/Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Lake Nottely, Blairsville, GA
Lake Nottely, Blairsville, GA
This is a 4180-acre lake with 106 miles of shoreline. This lake also offers great fishing for walleye, small mouth bass, white bass and bluegill, and has a designated swimming, camping, and beach area.
Lake Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge, GA
Lake Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge, GA
Lake Blue Ridge is a 3290-acre lake with 106 miles of shoreline. Fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, white bass, and bluegill, or swim in the designated swimming area. More information on area fishing can be found at these websites: Georgia Fishing License Online Guided fishing service for this region
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding
Our area hosts numerous riding stables with experienced guides. Many of these stables offer horseback rides, hayrides, moonlight rides, and wilderness rides through the scenic countryside. Many also offer riding lessons and long and short-term boarding. /you can also check out Track Rock
Canoing, Tubing, Rafting
Canoing, Tubing, Rafting
With beautiful scenery and a few mild rapids along the way, this is also a popular spot for tubing. The area is also known for its cold-water mountain trout.
Trackrock Archeological Area
Trackrock Archeological Area
Walk a mile in the moccasins of Native Americans within this two-acre area with preserved petroglyphs of ancient native origin carved or pecked into soapstone boulders. You’ll marvel at the variety of symbols made by hunters that represent Native American beliefs. Brasstown District Ranger Station,1881 Hwy. 515, Blairsville, GA 30514, 706-745-6928
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting
Class III and IV rapids highlight the Ocoee and Nantahala Rivers. These spots fill with whitewater enthusiasts from March to October. More information can be found at these websites: Ocoee Rafting Company Rolling Thunder River Company Carolina Ocoee
Hiking
Hiking
Endless hiking trails dominate this area, from easy to extreme. Here is a sampling of the most popular trails in the area the, Appalachian Trail – long, Duncan Ridge Trail – long, Vogel State Park Loop Trail – easy Benton MacKaye/Appalachian Trail Loop – moderate, and Bear Hair Trail – moderate. More information on area hiking trails can be found at these websites: The Georgia Appalachian Trial Home Page Blairsville Recreation
Golf
Golf
Butternut Creek Golf Course, Blairsville, GA 18 Hole 6536 yd. course
Helton Creek Falls
Helton Creek Falls
Bring your camera, because you’ll want to capture this natural wonder! Not just one, but two beautiful falls set in our deep hardwood forest with a total drop of 100 feet. An easy 300-yard trail leads to the falls.
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