We have spent the last three days exploring the area around Blairsville, GA. This a fast growing resort and residential area in the Blue Ridge Mountains just south of the North Carolina border. It is a rugged and beautiful area with lots of things to do. We are staying at a resort designed to be all owner occupied. Unfortunately, the first operator went broke and I am not sure about the second. It is a beautiful spot but they have not done much with it. We would not consider buying here with the current conditions, but is had been a fine place to spend a few days.
Our first outing consisted of a loop trip through the mountains enjoying the views and getting a feel for the area. Certainly, one of the more unique towns was Helen. It is made to look like a Bavarian town with that fun tourist trap feeling. With some imagination you could see yourself at a Oktoberfest in Germany. When we checked the history of the town, what was really interesting was; that there is no real German heritage in the town. It seems that in 1968 the town was having severe financial problems and a local artist, who was stationed in Germany, came up with the idea of completely redoing the town in the Bavarian motif. So the whole town was redecorated to look as it does today to attract tourists and it seems that it was a very good plan! I thought of Judy when I saw one of the items for sale in a gift store.
Very near Helen is the Anna Ruby Falls. Unfortunately, even though it is accessed via a state park, the falls sits in a federal forest and was closed.
So we opted to tour one of the oldest Georgia State Parks-Vogel. It consists of a recreational lake, hiking trails and a campground. We enjoyed a hike around the lake and toured the campground. The campground is very tight but has many level sites. If arriving in a big rig, be prepared for a few squeaky spots.
Today, we paid a second visit to Vogel State Park and then visited with Karen and Al at their park. We had a great visit with them, and solved all the world problems. We hope to be back in this area in the new future and may be able to stay at this private owner park. If we time it right, we may even get to use one of their spots. Once again, I failed to get any pictures of our visit. This is getting to be a bad habit.
Next stop is time for a family visit.