Blairsville is a mountain town filled with family fun. From tallest peak to a swimming beach, fairy gardens to alpaca encounters, there are many reasons to visit. Here are 10 kid-friendly Blairsville experiences just a two-hour drive from downtown Atlanta.

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Learn how native herbs and plants are grown and how they’ve been used for hundreds of years in medicine and food. Weekly guided tours are available for the Ethnobotanic Gardens, Woodland Medicine Trail, and the Cannery Interpretive Center; visit the website for availability.

Sleepy Hollow Enterprises

A former Disney artisan created an enchanted  park and garden filled with fairy and hobbit houses and whimsical figures.  Watch artists in action at the woodworking studio, wander the gardens, and take home a figurines or fairy doors.

Lardworks Studio at Lasso The Moon Alpaca Farm

Get up close with a gentle alpaca at the Lardworks Studio/Lasso, The Moon Alpaca Farm. See glass beads created and shop for handmade jewelry, alpaca yarn, and hand-dyed clothing. Appointments are required; schedule online. Afterward, check out the nearby art galleries, artist studios, and boutiques.

Trackrock Archeological Area

View preserved petroglyphs in this historical area that shows evidence of Native Americans civilization. Over two acres, you’ll see a variety of symbols carved or etched into soapstone boulders.

Brasstown Bald

See four states from one peak! On a clear day atop Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s tallest mountain, you can see Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina. Tour Georgia history and geology exhibits in the visitor center, too. Admission includes a shuttle to the top, but you can also hike the steep trail to get there.

Annual Festivals 

Drive up for 0ne the town’s notable family-friendly festivals or special events. Blairsville’s longest running one, the Sorghum Festival, celebrates the art of cooking syrup from sorghum cane. Throughout the year, other special events celebrate mountain storytelling, music, culture, and heritage.


Helton Creek Falls, Trahlyta Falls, and DeSoto Falls are all road trip-worthy natural sites in Blairsville-Union County. Convenient parking and short treks to view the falls make them ideal for families with younger children.

Vogel State Park

The second oldest state park in Georgia is at the base of Blood Mountain, where fall color is vibrant. Choose an easy or challenging hike and take in the beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Mountain Life Museum

Explore local history through a historic courthouse, home, and cabin. Then, check out an authentic corn crib, built for storage and preservation of corn.

Lake Nottely

This uncrowded lake is a picturesque spot for water adventures. Here, you can fish and swim, or go tubing, boating or jet skiing. In cooler months, enjoy the fall foliage or Appalachian views.

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