Since we had opted to skip the Coosa Back Country and do Blood Mountain, we had plenty of energy to also do the Arkaquah Trail the next day. Unfortunately, the weather had taken a turn for the worse after the Oktoberfest but no worries, we did the train anyway. Besides the area was in a drought so was in need of some rain. This trail is a ride walk...more
This was our second trip up to visit friends that had bought a second home in Blairsville, GA. We went to check out the fall foliage and catch the Oktoberfest in nearby Helen. We also wanted to tackle the Coosa back country trail but after reading up on it we decided that with such great weather it would be better spent getting up as high as...more
Ok, it was during a big drought and there wasn't much water falling. My guess is it's not ever a roaring one anyway but it is a nice watering hole for locals to cool off and the deep valley forest is a shady relief from the hot summer Georgia sun too. It's a short but steep walk down base falls and a small climb to the upper ones.more
The 2175 mile Appalachian Trail that starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia and finished at Mount Katahdin in Maine goes right through Blairsville and you can access it from numerous points. You can certainly do some steep climbs to reach it or do it the lazy way and drive right through it like we did on this occasion.more
At 4,784 feet Brasstown Bald is Georgia highest mountain and the focal point of the Wolfpen Ridge that includes Blood Mountain that dominates nearby Vogel State Park. There is an observation tower from which you can look over an expansive cloud forest that gets its name from the moisture laden trees due to the clouds the generally engulf the area....more
Vogel State Park is a real gem not only for avid hikers but also for those who just like to relax in nature. There are cabins for rent circling the scenic centerpiece Lake Trahlyta and Blood Mountain looms as a backdrop. There is a swimming beach and easy walking path around the 20 acre lake but for those so inclined there are numerous trails that...more
333 Fisher St, Blairsville, GA 30512
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Rt. 8 Box 8472, Blairsville, Georgia, 30512, United States
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3163 Paradise Road, Blairsville, Georgia, 30512, United States
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Cracker Barrel is a chain and perhaps a hokey one at that but it became an old friend on this recent trip. The service is friendly, the food is inexpensive, it's piping hot and they have sweet tea!
Favorite Dish: Breakfast is their calling card and they do serve it all day but we found their other meals to be quite good as well. Pictured is their meat loaf platter which comes with three sides. I had fried okra, macaroni & cheese, and chicken & dumplings. Oh, and of course some corn muffins. Wash it all down with some unlimited sweet tea and you have a hard time getting back in the car!
I drove a Honda Civic for 14 years for over 250,000 miles from Key West to Fairbanks and Tijuana to Cape Breton. But it finally came time to give the old car up and the new Camry handled its virgin road trip admirably. Cruise control came in handy when 2100 miles rolled by in five days. Blairvsville might be reachably by bus but my guess is to get around the area you'd need a car or a good set of legs and a bike!
This is a true piece of Americana-The General Store. It's run by a real local and has all kinds of goodies but it's the atmosphere that is the real star. It's a gas station and we got some local beef jerky boiled peanuts. Evidently there are cabins in the works too. It's a shame they don't stock beer!more
This picturesque stone building was completed in 1937 which just so happens to be when the Appalachian Trail come into existence making it the oldest building on the trail. It houses not only a great outdoors store stocking many backpacker needs but also a hostel with shower for up to 16 guests. If you're heading north what you forgot. If you're...more
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D learned a painful lesson when our first hike of the season caused some inflammation in her knee. She was fine by the second day after the hike and it made her realize she needed to train hard for our upcoming trip to Ecuador. We've been doing lots of steps and hope it makes for an easier second hike!
Luckily our friends were gracious and I really had tried to call and let them know I was running late as is my tradition but there was no cell phone coverage in the deep mountain valley. As chance would have it they had found an abandoned puppy that day and it kept them more than occupied. Looking back on it, it was probably a good thing I’d not...more
This area is chuck full of trails and some of the best are most easily accessed via Vogel State Park which has a beautiful lake to boot. We’d arrived to see good friends later than we’d planned, even later than they expected a perennially late friend show up. It was even surprisingly late to me and I was the one or engineered the whole thing! A...more