Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Blairsville, Georgia

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This North Georgia town is nestled between sprawling sections of the Chattahoochee National Forest, where outdoor activities like hiking, biking, whitewater paddling, and waterfall viewing await.

Waterfall hunters in the area have the chance to view such cascades as Raven Cliff, Desoto, Wolf Creek, and Anna Ruby Falls, and the nearby Brasstown Bald offers unique challenges for both avid hikers and road cyclist. Blairsville sits in Union County, where you’ll find several different access points for the AT’s rugged, 80-mile Chattahoochee section, and it’s only a short distance from whitewater hotspots like the Ocoee, Nantahala, and Chatooga Rivers.

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Did you know? At 4,783 feet Brasstown Bald—only a short drive from Blairsville—is Georgia’s highest peak.

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