Where Nature Trails, Splash Pads, Playgrounds and Festivals Take the Spotlight in Blairsville, GA
Located on Highway 515 about one mile West of the heart of Blairsville, GA is the well-known and family-friendly Meeks Park. Established in 1992, and named after Bill Meeks, the park is home to some of the North Georgia Mountains most scenic walking trails, playgrounds, ball fields and picnic areas. Meeks Park is also popular for hosting annual festivals, as well as for its refreshing splash pad and pool area.
Meeks Park provides a great recreation area for students, faculty and staff of North Georgia Technical College students, but locals as well as visitors from all over the country enjoy all the park offers the community. Regardless of the activity that brings you to Meeks Park, or to Union County, GA, you will leave refreshed by everything this beautiful park offers.
Athletic and recreational facilities at Meeks Park include a playground, a swimming pool, a splash pad, a basketball court, a disk golf course, a skateboard park, tennis courts, seven ball fields, four batting cages, canoe and kayak launch points, paved and unpaved nature trails, a riverside gazebo, picnic areas, fishing areas and plenty of opportunity for school field trips, family trips to the park, reunions and local events.
Nature Pathways and Walking Trails
Aside from the picturesque backdrop of the North Georgia Mountains, part of the appeal of Meeks Park comes from Butternut creek and the Nottely River which both wind through the park and lend it a charming character. The water follows the walking trails, creating that peaceful environment for which the Blue Ridge Mountains are known. Regardless of your fitness level, Meeks Park has a trail to fit your interests. Nature trails through wooded areas, gentle hills, more vigorous hills and paved walking/jogging areas can all be found within the park’s perimeter. Trails can be combined and modified to create a gentle 1-mile walk to a more rigorous 4.62-mile workout. Those who are partial to hiking National Forest Trails will find the wooded area to their liking, while those seeking a gentler low-impact walk will enjoy following the path across from the playground beside the waterway. Make sure to take a look at the sculpture by local resident Al Garnto whose work is sure to interest even the smallest of visitors.
Although the park welcomes hikers, walkers, joggers and bikers, it does not welcome dogs on its grounds. They can, however, find plenty of room to enjoy themselves at the Union County Dog Park located across from Meeks Park directly behind Georgia Technical College. While still a part of the Meek Park Trails system, this 1.18 mile trail goes through a wooded area that includes a pavilion near the Nottely River.
If you’re looking for a place your furry friend can run free, the Union County Dog Park also has a fenced off-leash area with two pens and doggie drinking fountain. In order to keep the park clean, you can pick up doggie clean-up bags at the park. The Dog Park is free to all canine visitors and their owners.
There are several pavilions available for use at Meeks Park. They make a great area to hold birthday parties, family reunions or field trips. You will need to reserve a pavilion through the Recreation Department prior to use and the cost of reservation ranges between $35 - $50.
All Things Water
The swimming pool and splash pad are located behind the upper baseball fields just inside the entrance to Meeks Park. This area provides endless Summer entertainment and includes amenities such as a concession area, lounge chairs, tables, restrooms and showers.
The pool also offers adult water aerobics classes, youth swimming lessons and tiny tot swimming lessons. It also offers the opportunity to have Meeks Park host your summer pool party. Whether you are looking to have a party, swim for fun or take part in an aerobics class or swimming lessons, you will need to contact the Recreation Department for fees and membership information.
Camping, Boat Ramps and Lake Access
The Poteete Creek Campground is a 59-site campground situated on beautiful Nottely Lake that boasts beautiful lake and mountain views. This area also provides access to a swimming beach, boat ramp, and a bathhouse with showers, among other amenities. Access to the area requires a fee, and more information can be found on the Poteete Creek Campground website.
Meeks Park hosts some of North Georgia’s most popular festivals. Each year, visitors are entertained at the Butternut Creek Festival, the Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games, and the Sorghum Festival.
Adult Classes and Activities
Meeks Park hosts several adult classes and activities. These include regular aerobics, step aerobics, Zumba, line dancing, strength classes, yoga and more. For more information about the classes and sessions available, visit their web page.
Youth Athletic Programs
Meeks Park is home to several organized sports offered through the Union County Recreation Department. These are offered to the public and include baseball, softball, basketball, football, cheerleading and cross country. Visit Union County Parks and Recreation for more information.