The paved ‘handicap accessible’ trail: This trail leads from the upper parking area at Meeks Park, located on the edge of Blairsville. The trail follows a tree-lined walkway along the bank of Nottely River. Along the paved trail, hikers will encounter a sculpture by famed artist and local resident Al Garnto.
At the northern edge of the park the trail passes under the Hwy 515 viaduct, then continues on to the campus of the North Georgia Technical College, located across the roadway from Meeks Park. This paved low-impact walk is both picturesque. The trail can be a good cardio workout, or a causal stroll according to the pace of your walk.
The parklands nature trail: This trail can be accessed from several points throughout the park. Nature trails follow along both sides of Butternut Creek, crossing over several bridges in route. On the opposite side of the creek is the easy to follow nature trail leading through a woodland area and up a hill to its crest.
The trail creates 1-mile loop. The trail offers a good workout with an atmosphere liken unto that of a National Forest trail. At the top of the hill visitors will encounter additional art sculptures by artist Al Garnto. From the hilltop the trail descends downhill to the banks of Nottely River and back again into the main park. Meeks Park is located on the western edge of Blairsville.
The Union County Dog Park trail system is equal to 1.18 miles and is a part of the Meeks Park Trails, located behind Georgia Technical College across from Meeks Park. The dog park trail goes through shady woods with fields. You’ll also find a covered pavilion and the Nottely River.
The Dog Park also has a new off-leash area that is completely fenced. There are two pens and a state of the art doggie drinking fountain. Clean-up bags are available on site. It is a wonderful place to spend some quality time with your dogs.