Sunrise Grocery is a little country store that has been supplying the mountains of North Georgia since the early 1920s. It sits in the Choestoe Valley just south of Blairsville at the foot of Neel Gap on highway 12/129. Sunrise Grocery focuses on local goods and making the store personal. There are collections of handmade soaps and candles, artistic photography and so much more!
Vogel State Park
One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular 4-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy lake loop that leads to Trahlyta Falls, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. The park’s 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats, and during summer, visitors can cool off at the mountain-view beach. This park is rich in history, with many facilities being constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during our nation’s Great Depression. The “CCC Boys” story is told in the park’s museum. The CCC museum is open seasonally.
Georgia’s tallest peak, Brasstown Bald, is located right here in Union County. Enjoy breath-taking sights at 4,784 feet above sea level. The Brasstown Bald Visitors Center and Observation Deck, open May through November, offers 360-degree views of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest and beyond. On a clear day, you can see four states without a telescope! The Observation Deck, open 10 am to 5 pm daily, charges admission for visitors age 16+ at $5 per person and includes a shuttle ride. Visitors can also choose to hike to the top of Brasstown Bald, using the paved trail. Brasstown Bald is a family-friendly attraction perfect for kids and adults of all ages. Make sure you visit the gift shop!
This family-owned winery features a spa and cabin rentals in addition to their unique take on wine, balancing the region’s impact on the grapes with our personal vision of the finest wines. Local wine with European flare.
Granddaddy Mimms Moonshine Distillery
A local distillery with deep roots in the area dating back to the 1930s, Granddaddy Mimms produces whiskey with deep and rich flavors using the same recipe and the same simple ingredients – with all of the taste and tradition enjoyed by common folk, celebrities and high-powered politicians 80 years ago.