Is it just us or has this year been flying by?
It’s hard to believe that it's Fall already – otherwise known as HIKING SEASON! We don’t mean to be dramatic, but there is no better time of year to get outside and hike! It’s the time of year when the temperatures start to cool, the leaves fall, and the crisp air almost begs us to get outside and enjoy nature! For a few weeks each autumn, the North Georgia mountains put on an absolute show with stunning displays of bright orange and vibrant red leaves. It’s something you absolutely must experience in person, and we know the perfect place to make the most of this incredible time of year! Brasstown Bald is known for being the highest point in Georgia and it offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the Appalachian Mountains. In fact, you can see 4 surrounding states from the peak of Brasstown Bald! It’s the perfect location for a hike that will let you soak in all the gorgeous colors of Fall!
Located within the Chattahoochee National Forest, you catch the trail head off of the GA-180 Spur in Hiawassee. The parking lot for the Brasstown Bald Visitors center is large and features the visitors center, restrooms, and a shuttle for those who would prefer to ride to the top (but we totally recommend the hike if you’re feeling up to it!). Note that there is a $7 fee per person ages 16+ (not per carload) to visit Brasstown Bald. The fee includes entrance as well as access to the shuttle should you choose to ride to the top.
Begin your hike to the top by catching the Brasstown Bald Summit trailhead from the parking lot. The trailhead is clearly marked, and the entire trail is paved which makes it fantastic for accessibility, as well as a great hike for beginners! The trail also runs under a canopy of natural cover making it a pleasant experience even on warm, sunny days.
There are several signs along the trail that provide historical information about the area. One such sign is at the crossing of Wagon Train Trail, which was constructed in the 1950’s as part of Georgia’s Route 66. Wagon Train Trail is open to hikers, but to get to the Brasstown Summit continue straight on the paved trail. This trail is not long, but it is steep so be prepared for the climb and take your time as you ascend the mountain.
2941 GA-180 Spur
What We Love:
Incredible 360° of Appalachian Mountains and 4 Surrounding States
Short but Beautiful & Accessible Trail
High Historical Value
Incredible Visitors Center at the top
Distance: 1.2 Miles Out-and-Back
Time: 1-2 hours
As you near the summit, you will come to the access road. Cross the road to continue on the trail which will take you to the summit and visitors center. The visitors center features an observation deck where you can enjoy incredible views of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It also features a small museum which teaches visitors about the history as well as local ecosystems of Brasstown Bald. There is also a small movie theater where you can catch a short movie about the area.
Enjoy your time on top of the mountain and soak in as many of the views as possible before you begin your descent back to the parking lot.
We are sure you will love this iconic Georgia hike!
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SEE YOU ON THE TRAILS!
By: Georgia Hikes