The Georgia Mountain Parkway’s 100-plus miles, begins at the junction where US/575 north from Atlanta intersects GA/515, and becomes US/76/GA/515. Highway 515 is also known as the Zell Miller Parkway, in honor of mountain native and former Georgia Governor Zell Miller. Governor Miller was instrumental in establishing GA/515 as a four-lane corridor thru the upper Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, opening a mountain gateway for greater growth and tourism. A printed map of the Georgia Mountain Parkway can be found at the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center.
GA/515 travels along the four-lane from the southern border of Pickens County, to Gilmer County, Fannin County, Union County, and Towns County. The four-lane ends half way thru Union County due to narrowing mountain terrain and gap. From the town of Blairsville, Hwy 515/76 alternates from 2-lane roadways with upgraded passing lanes, to 4-lane roadways through the town of Young Harris and back to 2-lanes at the town of Hiawassee’s eastern edge. From there the 2-lanes alternate to upgraded passing lanes ending atop of Dick’s Gap, a crossing junction for the Appalachian Trail.
The Georgia Mountain Parkway’s main route accesses numerous side road junctions that lead into the interior of North Georgia’s land of mountain wonders. Here visitors will find hiking, biking, tubing, fishing, camping, swimming and boating amongst is numerous scenic mountain lakes. There are historic towns, sites and structures, festivals and events, shopping, dining and lodging awaiting visitors looking to getaway and partake in the natural beauty and wonders just off the Georgia Mountain Parkway.
This section of the GMP is 16-miles long and begins at the eastern border of Union County at Sharpe Mountain and rolls along the 4-lane Hwy 515/76. This is an exceptional section of the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Enormous mountains, ridges and low valley lands stretch across the landscape. Driving eastward along the GMP drivers and passengers can’t help but notice to the south the long rolling ridgeline of Duncan Ridge, the longest single most ridgeline stretching off the ancient Blue Ridge Range of North Georgia. At the eastern end of Duncan Ridge stands Slaughter Mountain next to the towering Blood Mountain, one of North Georgia’s tallest mountains.
Topping the gap at Queens Mountain Gap along Hwy 515/76 driving tour enthusiasts will be overwhelmed by the vast mountain range of Brasstown Bald stretching across the eastern horizon. Brasstown Bald is considered the tallest and most accessible mountaintop in North Georgia.
Continuing eastward the GMP arrives in the historic mountain city town of Blairsville, whose historic courthouse is one of the most photogenic courthouses in all North Georgia. In Blairsville visitors will find shopping, dining and lodging, a public golf course, farmer’s market, historical museums and so much more.
To make the most out of Blairsville and Union County’s wealth of local resources and recreation visit the Blairsville - Union County Chamber of Commerce and learn all you’ll need to know from the Chamber’s friendly staff and information lounge.
Continuing eastward along the Georgia Mountain Parkway on Hwy 515/76 the roadway narrows to a 2-lane roadway with alternate upgraded passing lanes as the GMP climbs to the Brasstown Gap, ending this GMP’s section tour across Union County.
Keep in mind all roadways leading off the Georgia Mountain Parkway will access some of the finest mountain beauty, natural and man-made wonders, like Lake Nottely, Lake Winfield Scott, Vogel State Park, Helton and Wolf Creek Falls, as well as the Brasstown Bald Wilderness Area. There’s wilderness lands in abundance for hiking, biking, camping, swimming, boating, regional white water rafting, fishing, waterfalls plus several access points to the renowned Appalachian Trail. For history buffs there’s the Union County History Museum, and the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center as well as other historic sites and structures.
This App’s GPS mapping along the Georgia Mountain Parkway begins at Sharpe Mountain, and ends at Brasstown Gap. GPS also includes the historic town of Blairsville.