Parks and Playgrounds

The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 31,000 acres in North Georgia, including about half the area of Union County. Its natural beauty provides a unique setting for our parks and playgrounds.

Meeks Park (Union County Recreation Complex)

Visits to Meeks Park are a highlight of life for all ages in Blairsville, Georgia. Also called the Union County Recreation Complex, it is one of the most meticulously maintained public parks in North Georgia. It offers:

  • Heart-walking trail alongside Butternut Creek (dotted with porch-like swings for resting)
  • 4 Baseball fields
  • 2 Softball fields
  • Pavilions and picnic tables with charcoal grills
  • Playground for children
  • Tennis courts
  • Skateboard park
  • Basketball court
  • Large, open fields for kite-flying
  • Seasonal public swimming pool
  • Restrooms

Dogs are not allowed in Meeks Park, but they do have a dog walking path across the highway from the park (behind the Senior Center) for man's best friend. Please visit their website for more information:
Meeks Park website | Map and Directions

Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park is a favorite destination for locals and tourists in North Georgia. Its prime location at the foot of Blood Mountain in Union County gives visitors a spectacular setting for outdoor activities. Their facilities include:

  • Trahlyta Waterfalls
  • 17 miles of hiking trails
  • Fishing
  • Picnic shelters
  • Campsites and rental cottages
  • Swimming beach
  • Pedal-boat rentals on the 22-acre lake
  • Mini-golf
  • Playground for children
  • General store
  • Restrooms

My grandsons have made many happy memories here throwing pebbles in the creek, collecting bugs and roasting marshmallows in the fire pit. Activities are seasonal, so visit their website for rates and dates:
Vogel State Park website | Map and Directions

Towns County Beach and Playground

Yes, we have a real sand beach in the mountains! Located on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, the Towns County Beach and Playground offers a beach, picnic areas, playgrounds, and breathtaking mountain views. Kids can spend the day building sandcastles on the beach while adults relax in the sun. They don't have a website, so I've listed some details here:

  • Driving west on Highway 76, it is located just past the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on the right hand side.
  • Free admission
  • Free parking
  • Pre-school playground for children ages 2-5
  • Separate playground for children ages 5-12
  • Swings scattered around the park, facing the water
  • Concession Stand open during the summer months. Hot dogs, drinks, candy and other snacks are available for purchase as well as some beach items.
  • Sand beach and swimming area in Lake Chatuge (No lifeguard on duty)
  • Picnic pavilions are available to rent. Call the Towns County Commissioner's office (706-89-2276) for rates and availability.
  • Restrooms