Hike to the Brasstown Bald Peak

Blairsville, Georgia

4.3/5
based on 9 reviews

Details

Distance

1.2 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

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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Reviews

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.

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

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.

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

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!

The hike up is pretty steep but it is a short hike. If you have anyone who would have trouble making the hike the do offer a shuttle to drive you up to the top. The views from the top are incredible. I highly recommend going during the fall time when the leaves are beginning to change colors.

This hike is short and sweet. Its perfect for the any age group and an easy one for the pup to tag along. The view alone is well worth the stop.

Hiked this peak via Arkaquah trail right on Trackrock Gap Road (park at the petroglyphs). Trailhead to summit it's about 12 miles round trip. The first mile and a half is the hardest with all the switchbacks. This is a good hike that we did in about 7ish hours. The park guides at the summit (especially Steve!) are all very friendly.

If you want to do more hiking then pull over on the parking lot at the beginning of the access road (180 split) form there you will see a trail sighn and jacks knob trail will be straight ahead

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