Welcome to Big Pine Ridge in Blairsville, GA- Take A Tour!

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Experience the privacy & serenity you’ve been looking for… 4BR/3 BA Mountain Home on 20 Acres of pine forest & rolling meadows located near the TN-GA-NC border in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!

Convenient to all the adventures the North Georgia Mountains has to offer- Rafting, Kayaking, Scenic Train Rides, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Golfing, Fishing, Wine Tours, Gold Mining, Museums, Swimming, ATV & Motorcycle Trails, lots of wildlife, waterfalls, and parks. Great Restaurants & Shopping.

After an exciting day, return to the peace and quiet of our beautiful home to relax and unwind,  far from traffic and everyday distractions, and enjoy the fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, and the comforts of home.

Links on the reservation page include more information about the property, pricing, availability, and a reservation form.

Posts to the blog are all pertinent to the area’s local events, restaurants, and attractions. Bookmark this site and come back often!

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Labor Day BBQ: Monday, Sept 2nd- Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

Labor Day BBQ

Everyone welcome! Come to downtown Blue Ridge City Park on Monday, Sept 2nd for great family style entertainment, featuring Ole Time Music, Bluegrass and Gospel. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All the fixings including drink and dessert. Popular event don’t miss it!

Sponsored by The Good Samaritans of Fannin County Inc. Proceeds fund interdenominational benevolence. Event held rain or shine, the tents will be up. Pre-sale tickets are available at local churches as well as the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, at 152 Orvin Lance Dr, (next to Town & Country Furniture)

For more information, call Carlie Hammond
706-455-3818

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Fall Foliage Road Trip!

Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway is a nationally designated Scenic Byway that is 40.64 miles in length and makes a loop through the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest.  It winds its way through the fertile valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians. From the breathtaking vistas found atop Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s tallest mountain) to the cooling mists of the byway’s numerous waterfalls, scenic wonders abound in this region of North Georgia. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend days enjoying the area’s many recreational opportunities, such as trout fishing in cool mountain streams and hiking along the southern portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. The National Forest setting also provides a protected habitat for hundreds of native plant and animal species.   The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway is surrounded by a number of small mountain towns with plenty of places to spend the night, eat a satisfying meal and lots to do. Blairsville, Young Harris and Hiawassee border the byway on the North, while Cleveland and Helen can be found to the south.

Points of interest along the route include Andrews Cove Recreation Area, just off State Route 17/75 which offers visitors relaxing camping, fishing, and hiking opportunities.  Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area features twin waterfalls, Curtis Creek dropping over 150 feet and York Creek falling 50 feet cascading down to form Smith Creek.  Other waterfalls include High Shoals, Raven Cliff and Dukes Creek falls.  There are several routes along this byway.

  • From Gainesville: Take SR 11/US 129 north from Gainesville to SR 75 in Cleveland. Then travel north on SR 75 through Helen. The byway begins at a junction with SR 75 Alternate.
  • From Toccoa: Take SR 17 west from Toccoa to a junction with SR 75 near Helen. Then take SR 17/75 north through Helen. The byway begins at a junction with SR 75 Alternate.
  • From Dahlonega: Take U.S. 19 north to a junction with SR 180 at the right. Then take SR 180 east to SR 348. The byway begins at a junction of SR 180 and SR 348.
  • From Clayton: Take U.S. 76 west to SR 17/75. Then take SR 17/75 south to a junction with SR 180. The byway begins at a junction of SR 17/75 and SR 180.
  • From Hiawassee: Take SR 17/75 south to a junction with SR 180. The byway begins at a junction of SR 17/75 and SR 180.
  • From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to I-985, then take I-985 north to SR 384. Go north on SR 384 until you reach SR 75, and head north along SR 75 through Helen. The byway begins at a junction with SR 75 Alternate.

Fall leaf season varies throughout the region, but generally falls within the first week of October and the middle of November.

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Amicalola State Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is an 829 acre Georgia state park located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville, Georgia. The park’s name is derived from a Cherokee language word meaning “tumbling waters”. The park is home to Amicalola Falls, a 729-foot (222 m) waterfall, making it the highest in Georgia.[1] It is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. An eight-mile (13 km) trail that winds past Amicalola Falls and leads to Springer Mountain, famous for being the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, begins in the park. Amicalola Falls State Park also offers many hiking trails, a guest lodge, restaurant, cabins, a shelter for long distance Appalachian Trail hikers, a campground and access to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn.

Amicalola Falls State Park has four groups of trails within it, including the trail leading up to the top of the waterfall. The park has a full-time staff of park rangers, and has a lodge that serves as a starting point of Appalachian Trail hikers. The park also owns a nearby facility called the Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry eco-friendly inn that is one mile (1.6 km) from the Appalachian Approach trail and 4.4 miles (7.1 km) from Springer Mountain. The inn is operated by a non-profit organization known as the Appalachian Educational Recreational Services, Inc. or AERS.

Rangers at Amicalola Falls State Park stay busy, that’s for sure.

Whether its’ a hot summer day or freezing cold in the winter, there always seems to be something going on here…nature hikes, informative sessions on trail hazards such as snakes, or discussions about the Cherokee Indians and settlers.  Two rangers help organize team building on the park’s ropes course; they also plan guided hikes, campfires and nature programs.

See What’s Happening at Amicalola State Park.

The park features a mountain-top lodge,  known for its spectacular views and Sunday brunch buffet. Located on a high mountain ridge next to Amicalola Falls, the lodge has every meeting amenity required, plus a retreat-like atmosphere of tranquil beauty. Enter the three story main hall with its massive stone fireplace and stenciled wood floors and you’ll realize that the lodge is a special place to gather where a relaxed state of mind enables your group to focus on the activites at hand. The dining room also serves a buffet lunch and dinner each day.

Amicalola Falls State Park 
418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road
Dawsonville, Georgia, 30534

 

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Alpine Village of Helen- Acitivity Guide

Formerly a logging town that was in decline, Helen, GA resurrected itself by becoming a replica of a Bavarian alpine town, in the Appalachians instead of the Alps. The classic south-German style is present on every building. In late October, when autumn leaves typically peak, Helen hosts its own Oktoberfest during September, October and November. There are many events and festivals throughout the year. One of the most well-known is the annual hot-air balloon race, which is held the first weekend in June each year.

The spectacular twin waterfalls known as Anna Ruby Falls lies in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The quiet coolness of the area is broken only by the thundering rush of water flowing over the rugged cliff face.  A paved 0.4-mile footpath leads from the parking lot to the base of the falls. Walking is easy to moderate and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Benches are provided along the way.

Voted one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands, admission is free to Babyland General Hospital which is beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains. This Southern Style, antebellum home, filled with Cabbage Patch Kids, will capture the imagination of your entire family.  Witness a birth; see Licensed Patch Doctors and Nurses administer Imagicillin & give adoption consultations.  View adoptable Appalachian art in animated displays. Name & adopt your own Cabbage Patch kid & come away with a new member of the family.

“Tube the Hooch”and take an exciting tubing trip down the scenic Chattahoochee River. Most tubing trips include your tube, a shuttle service and a relaxing float through the scenic Alpine Village of Helen, GA.

The city of Helen, GA is host to more than 200 specialty and import shops. Quaint Alpine Village Shoppes offer a variety of colloquial and quintessential clothing, gifts, home decor, and household goods with a German flair.  A walk down main street will include encounters with glass-blowing shoppes, gem stores, old-fashioned candy stores, country markets and numerous eating establishments. A village with a mountain heritage and a touch of Bavaria, Helen has created a unique experience for its visitor.

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Fourth of July at Vogel State Park- Blairsville, GA

Independence Day Celebration 8:30 PM-4 PM

4th of July RibbonCome to one of our nation’s oldest state parks as we celebrate our independence with a flag-raising ceremony. Also there will be a bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased pole climbing.

$5 parking.

Vogel State Park
7485 Vogel State Park Road
Blairsville, GA 30512

706-745-2628.

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Friday Night Concert Series- Blairsville, GA June 2013 Schedule

Friday Night Concert Series

Historic Union County Courthouse

Downtown, Blairsville, GA

Every bench is taken, the balcony is filled to capacity, and people line the walls of the renovated courtroom to see the show.

Then it’s time for the music!

The Union County Historical Society presents the concerts at The Old Courthouse on the Square as a public service and to keep alive the tradition of music in The Old Courthouse.  There is no admission charge. The musicians donate their time and talents. Voluntary donations to the maintenance fund are always welcomed and appreciated.

June 2013 Schedule

June 7 – Alex Thomlinson, violin/fiddle
June 14 – Collins Brothers, bluegrass and country
June 21 – Bauman Family, variety
June 28 – Without Pearls, folk

Union County Historic Courthouse
One Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512           706-745-5493

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Kids Fishing Rodeo- Vogel State Park- June 8th

Kids Fishing Rodeo @ Vogel State Park

Saturday, June 8th 8AM-12N

Wolf Creek will be stocked with plenty of trout to be tempted by anglers 12 and younger. Prizes will be given to the lucky ticket holders; families will enjoy watching the children as they have a blast. Each adult must be accompanied with their child or children to register prior to fishing. Coke refreshments will be provided. A limited amount of fishing poles will be provided.

$5 parking.

7485 Vogel State Park Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512

706-745-2628   Event Website

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Helen, GA – 40th Annual Helen-Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

Thursday, May 30th-Saturday, June 1st 2013

The South’s oldest balloon event and the United States’ only long distance hot air balloon race will begin (weather permitting) with a mass ascension of bright and colorful hot air balloons, in North Georgia’s Alpine Village – Helen. Race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky at 7:00 am, Thursday, May 30th, 2013. If the weather conditions are too windy or storms are forecast, the take off will be postponed until conditions are acceptable.

The people of Helen believe that Helen, Georgia is the center of their world and in Columbus’ day the Atlantic Ocean was the ‘edge of the Earth’. Thus, Pete Hodkinson came up with the concept for the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. The race begins in Helen and the finish line is I-95 (anywhere between Maine and Miami). The shortest distance is 225 miles and the race usually takes two days. It has been done in one day, while some races have taken as many as four days. Six to ten balloons will be competing in the cross country race.

The winner is the first person to cross I-95, or whoever is ahead at sunset on Friday, May 31st, 2013.

While the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonist compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:00 pm. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30 am and 6:00 pm each day (weather permitting). The balloons will only fly for around 1 to 2 hours. There will be many opportunities available to the public; assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. There will be approximately 20 – 25 balloons flying locally.

There will be NO ballooning activities during the middle of the day. Helen offers many sights and attractions to keep one busy when the balloons are not flying.

Although some balloons may tether instead of flying at flight times, the main time tethered rides will be made available to the public will be on Saturday evening, beginning around 7:30 pm. The balloons will be tied to the ground and go up approximately 50 – 75 feet. Tethered rides last approximately 10 minutes.

For more information contact the Helendorf Inn, 706-878-2271 or

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Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games- Blairsville, GA

June 7th-8th-9th 2013

Everyone’s a Scot at the Annual Blairsville-Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Discover your “clan” and hang out with locals and visitors enjoying traditional games, Highland music, dancing and food with a Scottish flair. Watch border collies herd sheep and falcons swoop down on “prey,” or check out your roots at the Heritage Tent.

Children can compete in their own Highland games. For the “wee ones,” there’s face painting, train rides and other activities to enjoy.

Come and Geocach! Find a hidden treasure – who knows what may be hiding along the creek side or tucked away in the woods? There’s also a golf classic, ceilidh party, Kilted Mile Run, Clan Tug of War, Bonniest Knees Contest and a Scottish rock concert…all part of the fun.

Ceilidh Dinner at Brasstown Valley Resort

Kilted Golf Classic at Butternut Creek Golf Course

 

Main Event- Meeks Park
490 Meeks Park Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512

Event Website   Event Schedule

Call 706-745-2161 for more information. Family fun for everyone, even if you’re not a Scot!

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Memorial Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival- Blairsville, GA

spring festival 2013Blairsville Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 

2013 DATES: Saturday & Sunday- May 25th & 26th

Mark your calendars for two days of art exhibits, crafts, entertainment, and good food. Over 50 artists and craftsmen set up exhibits around the Square surrounding Union County’s Old Courthouse. Everything from paintings to jewelry to pottery is available for purchase. Food vendors include hamburgers and festival type goodies.  Live performances by dancers and musicians throughout the two-day event. The entertainment lineup includes performances by the Blairsville School of Dance, classical musicians, bluegrass musicians, and barbershop quartets. Who knows? You might even hear some jazz, blues, and rock!

Free admission.  Event Info

Phone: 706-994-4837 – Address: Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512

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