Hike to the Brasstown Bald Peak

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Distance

1.2 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Jason Clemmons

Just 2 hours away from the hectic day to day of Atlanta is the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald Mountain!

Once you make it to the parking area (parking fee required) to Brasstown Bald you will be at about 4284 feet elevation. From there you will have a short (0.6 mile) but steep hike to the tower that sits atop Brasstown Bald. Along the path you will see Rhododendron and various other blooms depending on the season. Brasstown Bald is 4784 feet making it the highest point in Georgia!! There is a few benches along the way to catch a breath if needed. Also during the summer and fall season they offer a bus ride to the top. The dedicated hiker can see an incredible sunrise from here! The sunsets that go down behind the southern Appalachian mountains are also very stunning!!

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🥇Top Contributor

8 months ago

Awesome tower.

This is a really cool place to check out and is definitely worth stopping at. This wooden tower is amazing and has some of the best sunset in Georgia.

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about 3 years ago

Brasstown Bald Trail

Beautiful place in North Georgia with great views of the Appalachian Mountains.

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about 3 years ago

Sweeping views

You can make this easy or difficult by choosing to take a hike up the Arkaquah trail to get here (a well worth-it challenge, takes a few hours) or starting at the base of the Brasstown Bald (takes a few minutes) by the visitor center and taking the short walk up a paved trail. Either way, you’ll get sweeping views of several southern states and a huge swath of sky.

Gorgeous

Absolutely incredible view!! Hike is easy, very short but steep. Definitely worth going to.

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about 4 years ago

Sunning views and great stargazing

The hike to the top of Brasstown Bald provides arguably the best mountain views in all of North Georgia. The viewing platform at the top offers a full 360-degree panoramic view that seems endless, with the distant mountains fading into the same blue as the sky above. You can see Hiawassee to the North, Rabun Bald to the East, and Blood Mountain to the SW. All-in-all, the view is unbeatable. The only reason I give this hike 4 stars is because besides the overlook at the top, there is little else to note on the short hike. Even though its distance is short, it is definitely steep and will definitely get you short of breath!

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