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 the Nottely Dam Reservoir Trail and the scenic path to Helton Creek Falls.
For a more strenuous hike, the Jacks Knob Trail stretches 4.5 miles from Brasstown Bald to the top of Wolfpen Ridge. Or lace ’em up and tackle the 5.5-mile Arkaquah Trail that leads to Track Rock Gap. The Coosa Backcountry Trail loops 12.5 miles in the rug- ged mountains near Vogel State Park. The Duncan Ridge Trail, Slaughter Creek Trail, Dockery Lake Trail and Bear Hair Gap Trail are just a few others.
Of course, the most famous trail in the area is the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. Completed in 1937, the AT winds through the Chattahoochee National Forest, generally following the southern boundary of Union County after beginning at Springer Mountain in nearby Gilmer County. Altitudes along the Georgia section reach a high of 4,461 feet at Blood Mountain. At Neel Gap, the famed footpath passes through the Walasi-Yi Center, a historic stone building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Now home to hiking outfitter Mountain Crossings, it has some of the best views around. (Go to VisitBlairsvilleGA.com for more details on our area’s many hiking trails.)
History Comes Alive Outdoors
During The Great Depression in the 1930s, FDR’s New Deal program put young men to work through the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). One of their proj- ects, Vogel State Park, includes a CCC museum, as well as campsites, cottages, a 22-acre lake with a swimming beach, mini golf course, hiking trails and more. Lake Winfield Scott was the CCC’s final project in Georgia. At an elevation of 2,854 feet, this small, clear reservoir
Farm explores the life of famed “Farmer Poet” Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958) with early-1900s buildings and exhibits that capture rural life in Appalachia. Located about 7 miles east of Blairsville, Track Rock Gap Archaeological Area is the site of several soap- stone boulders with more than 100 petroglyphs, most likely carved by Cherokee Indians who were once native to the area.
The views are breathtaking from atop Brasstown Bald, which, at 4,784 feet, is the highest natural point in Georgia. The visitor center features an extensive museum and presentations on area forestry practices.
• BRASSTOWN BALD RECREATION AREA, 706-896-4137, cfaia.org
• COOPER CREEK RECREATION AREA, 706-745-6928, fs.usda.gov
• HAMILTON GARDENS AT LAKE CHATUGE, 706-970-0011, hamiltongardens.org
• LAKE WINFIELD SCOTT RECREATION AREA, 706-745-6928, cfaia.org
• MEEKS PARK,
706-439-6074, unioncountyga.gov/parks-recreation
• MOUNTAIN CROSSINGS AT WALASI-YI, 706-745-6095, mountaincrossings.com
• REECE FARM,
706-745-2034, unioncountyga.gov/reecefarm
• TRACK ROCK GAP ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA, 706-745-6928, fs.usda.gov
• VOGEL STATE PARK,
706-745-2628, gastateparks.org/Vogel
  Explore historic landmarks, attractions and museums on the Union County History Trail (visitblairsvillega.com/ union-county-history-trail).
is perfect for swim- ming, paddling or relaxing on the sandy beach.
One mile north
of Vogel, the historic Reece Heritage
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