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County Formed December 3, 1832
County Seat Blairsville
Incorporated Cities Blairsville
Total Area 328.941628 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 17422 to its current population estimate of 21984, the county has experienced a growth change of 4562.

In 1832 the state legislature created Union County from Cherokee County. John Thomas, a state representative for the area, suggested the name "Union."

The county seat is Blairsville, incorporated in 1835

When it was created, Union County was one of the most remote areas of Georgia. Its land, which was available through the Georgia land lottery system, was not thought to be very valuable and attracted only those with fairly meager financial resources.

Points of Interest

Many points of interest are scattered throughout the county. Blood Mountain Archaeological Area, the site of a battle between the Creek and Cherokee Indians, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Blood Mountain Boulders is a popul

Brasstown Ranger District includes 157,000 acres within the Chattahoochee National Forest, with hiking trails through a variety of forest types. The district also includes Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain (4,784 feet); the mountain is partly in Union County and partly in Towns County.

The Trackrock Archaeological Area includes ancient Indian petroglyphs within its fifty-two acres and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Notable Citizens

Union County claims several famous residents past and present including: Byron Herbert Reese, a poet and author; Arthur Woody, the "Barefoot Ranger," a U.S. Ranger from 1911 to 1945; Joseph E. Brown, Georgia's governor during the Civil War; and Bill Elliot, famous NASCAR driver who now makes his home in Blairsville.

Annual Events

Blairsville and Union County, Georgia: Full of festivals, "Each Season Something New" - See more at:

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Horse Farm, Blairsville

Vogel State Park

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