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Georgia’s Highest Point: Brasstown Bald

March 31, 2016
The view from Brasstown Bald's observation deck

If you’ve had the chance to explore Georgia’s northeast mountains, maybe you’ve visited Brasstown Bald. With a peak elevation of 4,784 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald overlooks 4 states and is Georgia’s highest point.

There is a steep half-mile hike up from the parking lot to the visitor center and observation deck, but you can also get to the top on a fee-based shuttle bus.

Take advantage of your trip when you visit. While at the summit, you can look through the telescopes and learn more from informative signs. The visitor center further enhances your experience with exhibits and video presentations on the area’s history, geology, climate and more. Families and friends love to picnic at tables set up around the edge of the parking lot. If you’re up for even more exploration, take one of the longer hikes from Brasstown Bald ending at Track Rock Gap, Wagon Train Road or the Appalachian Trail.

The visitor center first opened for the year on March 19 (it typically opens in mid-March) and will stay open until next January 1. It’s open every day of the week between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M.

Can’t wait any longer? If you want to see the view now, check out these videos streaming live from the lookout tower!

Since there is no physical address for the visitor center, officials recommend using the following coordinates in a GPS: N34.847894, W83.798567. Before visiting Brasstown Bald, make sure to check the weather since gates will be closed and the view will be limited during inclement conditions. If you think the gates might be closed, please feel free to call the facilities ahead of time.

If you like Brasstown Bald, you might want to visit Denali in Alaska to experience the highest point in the United States!

Stay safe and happy travels!

Photo Courtesy Georgia Department of Economic Development

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On Georgia.gov, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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