waterfall in Vogel State Park

I love the mountains of North Georgia. Specifically the area around Blairsville, Union County.Blairsville is the county seat of Union County, which is approximately one hour south of Murphy, North Carolina. Nearby are the towns of Helen and Cleveland. Cleveland is the home to Babyland General Hospital, the birthplace of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Cabbage Patch Kids creator Xavier Roberts is from the area near Cleveland and it is here where he first got the idea for this must have toy from the eighties.

Helen is also known as Alpine Helen because much of the town has been built in the style of a German alpine village. Helen is filled with many types of shops. There are shops where you can purchase homemade candles or German style merchandise as well as more traditional tourist items.