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Brasstown Bald, North Georgia

Updated on October 1, 2015
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Brasstown Bald-North Georgia Mountains


Autumn at Brasstown Bald

During Autumn is the most beautiful time to travel up to North Georgia and do photography. As you drive down the highway, the road is lined on both sides with trees that are burgundy, gold, rust and red colors. As you are riding towards Chattahoochee National Forest, there will be signs that lead to Brasstown Bald. Be sure to add this location to your list of places to visit when you visit Georgia.


My husband and I do a lot of motorcycle riding up in the North Georgia Mountains. Last year we rode our bike up to Brasstown Bald and it was one of the most beautiful rides! IF you decide to take a short day trip on your bike to the North Georgia Mountains be sure to add Brasstown Bald to your list of places to visit.

You will also want to make sure you bring your camera because one picture from that area tells a million stories. Each season you visit Brasstown Bald and climb the tower; you will see a unique scene each and every time. Looking out at the mountains is almost hypnotizing, they are so beautiful. Of course Autumn is going to give you the most beautiful scene with all of the bright autumn colors. It looks just like Mother Nature took a paint brush and painted a beautiful scene.


Getting to the Tower

Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia.It is 4,784 feet above sea level. One of the things Brasstown Bald is known for is its beautiful views during the Autumn. An example would be the photo I took just this past weekend (October2012).

When you first arrive in the parking lot, the first thing that catches your attention is the Tower.There is a path that you can walk that is about .6 mile straight up a steep trail to the tower or the other option would be a shuttle bus ride which is $3.00 a person (2012).When you get to the tower there is an observation deck, visitor center, small museum and artifacts to see.Take it from experience, no matter what season you plan to visit, be sure to take a light jacket along because at the top of the tower area, it will feel like you are in the clouds and there is always a slight cool breeze.

When it is a clear beautiful day at the top of the tower you are able to view the beautiful surroundings mountains which sweeps a four state area, and it is also possible to see the skyline of Atlanta.

Golden Autumn

Cherokee Storytelling

Brasstown Bald got its name from a Cherokee Indian lore. Since I am familiar with how storytellers tell their stories, I know that each story is filled with information and tales how things started as told by generations of telling the same story. It is said that many years ago the land was flooded killing almost everyone who lived there.There were a few that were able to survive in a canoe that was very large, something like Noah's Ark.The story goesWhen the canoe finally stopped it landed on top of Brasstown Bald. But this journey lead to there not being any game to hunt or land for farming, so The Great Spirit killed off all of the vegetations to make room for crops to be grown that would help the people survive until the water dried up.


The Chattahoochee National Forest

The Chattahoochee National Forest has hiking trails that are considered a hiker's paradise.The famous 2,178 mile Appalachian Trail starts here and does not end until you reach Maine.There is 1,367 miles of trout streams and 430 miles of trails that enriches this National Forest.

Brasstown Bald has four great trails:The trail that leads to the tower which I mentioned earlier, Jack's Knob Trail that gives you access to the Appalachian Trail, Arkaquah Trail and the Wagon Train Trail which heads North to Young Harris. Both Jack's Knob and Arkaquah can be accessed from the park.

Brasstown Bald, Georgia

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Brasstown Bald Visitors Center, Chattahoochee National Forest, 180 Spur, Blairsville, GA 30512, USA
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Hiking the .6 miles up to the tower

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      Eva Thomas 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for visiting Peggy. Brasstown Bald was really beautiful this past weekend. The only one thing which was good and bad is the thickness of the clouds. It felt like you were actually inside the clouds as they moved. I captured several pictures right as the clouds passed or right before they passed. It was really nice, a little chilly but well worth it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a beautiful place the Chattahoochee National Forest is especially in the Fall judging from these photos. Thanks for an interesting hub regarding the Brasstown Bald. Up votes and sharing.