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Blairsville, Georgia

Blairsville is a city in Union County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 652. The city is the county seat of Union County.

Historic Union County Courthouse in Blairsville
Nickname(s): City of Mountains
Motto: A Place for All Seasons


Blairsville has a rich history of gold,Cherokee Indians, and early settlers. Although the neighboring city of Dahlonega, GA was well known for the first site of gold in the United States, Blairsville and the surrounding area was known to have the purest gold in the mountains. In the late 18th century two families settled in the area: the Collins Family, and the Dyer Family. Many houses from the early 19th century still stand, or have been moved/or restored in another area of the county to help with preservation. Blairsville's town square is home to the original courthouse, several local businesses, the Seasons Inn Motel, and a local old diner called the "Hole In The Wall".

History of Name

Blairsville City Hall, which is the historic Union County Jail

At the top of the state of Georgia lies Union County, named after the Union Party who strongly supported President Andrew Jackson for his policy of Indian removal. On Dec. 26, 1835, the Georgia General Assembly designated Union’s county seat in an act that read, “lot No. 273 of the ninth district and first section of, originally Cherokee, now Union county, and at a place now known by the name of Blairsville” (Ga. Laws 1835, p. 113). It is believed that the town was named after Francis P. Blair, who was not only a prominent and influential man of his time but was a strong supporter of the Union Party, for which the county itself had been named. Adjacent towns and counties in the area have similar ties to the Union Party that help to support this connection.


The city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.


Blairsville has a humid subtropical climate, yet, due to its elevation of 1,883 feet (574 m), typically records far lower temperatures at night than what is encountered in much of the Southeastern U.S, and has slightly higher precipitation totals (56 inches or 1,420 millimetres annually) than most locations in the state; the average diurnal temperature variation exceeds 25 °F (14 °C) in each of the spring and autumn months. However, measurable snow does not occur in the majority of years. The monthly daily mean temperature ranges from 36.8 °F (2.7 °C) in January to 73.3 °F (22.9 °C) in July. There are 7.6 days of 90 °F (32 °C) highs and 4.6 days where the high fails to rise above freezing annually.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

  • The Sorghum Festival,is held every year, on the second and third weekends in October, celebrating the sorghum harvest and showcasing rural mountain culture and skills such as bluegrass music and clogging.
  • The Green Bean Festival is held every year during the last weekend in July. Look for beauty pageants,Green Bean Pizza eating contests, a canning contest, a Green Bean Recipe contest, tractor parade, fresh produce, crafts, and lots of stuff for the kids.

Points of interest

Nearby Lake Nottely is a TVA reservoir that is a local recreational resource.

The Appalachian Trail in Georgia has elevations that vary from about 2500 to 4,500 feet (1,400 m) with many steep climbs and extends some 75 miles (121 km) through the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Butternut Creek Golf Course is an 18-hole mountainside public golf course located within the city limits.

Encompassing nearly two-thirds of the county, the Chattahoochee National Forest has winding trails that lead visitors through scenic mountains, rushing rivers, and cascading waterfalls. This is where you can step back in time with nature and walk where the Cherokee Indians' once lived.
View of Lake Trahlyta in Vogel State Park
Brasstown Bald is the highest mountain peak in Georgia. It has a park with a picnic area and a small observation tower near the peak with a movie chronicling the change of seasons and the impact of pollution on the mountain. The peak may be reached by bus or by walking from a point halfway to the top beyond which private vehicles are not allowed. The Mountain's Address: Highway 180, Blairsville, GA.

Vogel State Park is a park located on Highway 19/129 approximately eleven miles (18 km) south of Blairsville. It is centered around Lake Trahlyta.
  • Approximately five miles (8 km) of hiking trails
  • Access to the Appalachian Trail
  • Paddleboat rentals and fishing
  • Miniature golf course
  • 35 rental cabins
  • 103 campsites
The park has seasonal programs:
  • Fall Festival
  • Pioneer Christmas
  • Kids Fishing Rodeo
  • Summer Saturday Music Events
  • September All-Day Mountain Music Festival


Blairsville is in close proximity to several colleges including a North Georgia Technical College campus in town, Young Harris College in Young Harris and North Georgia College & University in Dahlonega.

The public education system for Blairsville falls under the jurisdiction of the Union County School District, which is a relatively small school district, managing five schools in the system.

The Union County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools. The district has 172 full-time teachers and over 2,598 students.
  • Union County Elementary School
  • Union County Primary School
  • Union County Middle School
  • Union County High School
  • Woody Gap High/Elementary School
Blairsville is home to one alternative school, the Mountain Education Center High School which is an Evening School.

The Union County Public Library is part of the Mountain Regional Library System, a library system that manages four libraries in the region. Union County Public Library is a member of Georgia Library PINES (the Public Information Network for Electronic Services) along with Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris, Towns County Public Library in Hiawassee, and Fannin County Public Library in Blue Ridge.
  • The Mountain Area Christian Academy, in Morganton, Georgia.
  • Eastgate Life Academy, in Hiawassee, Georgia.
  • Murphy Adventist Christian School, in Murphy, North Carolina



Blairsville sits on Zell Miller Mountain Parkway (GA 515) which runs from Cherokee County / Pickens County Border, to Young Harris Georgia. U.S. Route 76 also runs through Blairsville, being Cosigned to 515.

Blairsville is also intersected by U.S. Route 129, a 582 mile long stretch of highway that connects Chiefland, Florida to Knoxville, Tennessee.

Blairsville is home to Blairsville Airport (ICAO: KDZJ, FAA LID: DZJ formerly 46A).


Blairsville and the surrounding area is served by a few local television stations, two newspapers and numerous local radio stations that serve several genres of music including sports, news and talk radio in addition to three local papers.

North Georgia News is the primary newspaper for the Area.

Blairsville has 12 Local radio stations.

1210-AM(WDGR), 89.5-FM(WNGU), 104.3-FM(WZTR) are based in Dahlonega, Georgia. WCVP-AM (600), WCNG-FM (102.7), and WKRK-AM (1320) are based in Murphy, North Carolina. 95.1-FM(WJRB) based in Young Harris, Georgia while 105.1FM(WNGA) & 89.9FM(WTFH) based in Helen. 1230-AM/97.5FM(WJUL) & 103.9-FM(WPPL) in Hiawasee & Blue Ridge respectively.
One local television station is W50AB (Channel 50) based in Hiawassee, Georgia.

External Links

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