Fannin County, Georgia was ranked the 10th fastest growing county in the U.S. in 2005. The area is just south of the Smoky Mountains National Park, which is the most visited park in the nation. The county is dominated by beautiful mountain vistas, creeks, lakes and ponds. Popular activities in the summer months include hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and white-water rafting. During the fall, plenty of tourists congregate here who wish to view the changing colors. The area is about two hours from several metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Asheville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville and has become a haven for people to beat the summer heat.
More and more people each year come to this part of Georgia to find their "Piece of Paradise," and most of those recent arrivals are still finding all the great things to do. Many came for fun on the water and take full advantage of the beautiful area lakes. The surrounding area features miles of unspoiled shoreline and offers the full range of water sports as well as fishing.
Though this area is a getaway home or a retirement spot for many, it still offers great schools. Union General Hospital has been recognized as "Georgia Rural Hospital of the Year" in the past, so residents can be assured they are receiving top quality health care. The economy is strong and though much of it is based on tourism and recreation, there are other important industries in town such as agriculture, and manufacturing.
The area increasingly has become a recreational destination since the Tennessee Valley Authority created Nottely Lake on the Nottely River. More than 97,000 acres of Union County lies within the Chattahoochee National Forest and remains under Federal control. Vogel State Park is just south of Blairsville and includes camping hiking, swimming and miniature golf. And if it is golf you are after, there are several scenic courses in the area which challenge beginners and veterans alike.