A Majestic Mountain Experience
A visit to the mountains of North Georgia would be incomplete without a visit to highest point in the state! At 4,784 feet above sea level Brasstown Bald takes that distinction. Within easy driving distance from other well known vacation areas in North Georgia, Brasstown Bald is a great family destination. A museum, shuttle service, hiking trails, and beautiful views are among the many offerings provided at this family oriented attraction.
Our Family Trip to Brasstown Bald
We decided that as native Georgians we had to visit the highest point in our state, at the very least. We drove over during our stay at Black Rock Mountain State Park, about an hour’s drive. We parked in the main parking lot which is quite a bit below the summit area, where the museum is located. There we paid our $5 fee and received some stickers for our troubles. We were offered to wait on the shuttle van to carry us up the road to the summit, which is closed to visitor traffic, or we could walk the trail to the top. Once we realized that the trail was just over half a mile (.6 miles), we chose the adventurous route and started off on foot. The climb was simple enough but a small challenge. I remember the path being paved for most of the way so it is less than rugged. The kids loved exploring and we took our time so it was quite a nice little hike. When we got to the top it was spectacular!
A Fun Family Activity
At the Summit, there are many ways you can spend your time. Brasstown Bald sits on National Forest land and the property was operated by the US Forest Service until recent years. As such there is a forestry museum that lays out how Forest Rangers would man Brasstown Bald as fire lookouts and the various historical aspects of the site. It is very informative and a lot of fun for the kids. There is also a theater that plays a short video about the area. Of course you must head to the very top of the museum, to the pinnacle. Marked by, you guessed it, a brass cover marking the peak. Take lots of pictures and walk around. From the observation platform you can see Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and of course, the Georgia mountains. When you are done, relax in the rocking chairs provided. Rest your legs as you wait for the shuttle or anticipate the walk back down the trail.
Things to know about Brasstown Bald
- Picnic Tables were provided at the Summit and the lower visitor center. Food options are not in abundance so pack a lunch.
- Brasstown is nearby several North Georgia Family Vacation towns such as Helen, Blairsville, and Hiawassee. Clayton, Georgia is also an hour away.
- There are 5 Georgia State Parks within an hour of Brasstown Bald. All of which are perfect for camping. Vogel State Park, Unicoi State Park, Mocassin Creek State Park, Black Rock Mountain State Park, and Tallulah Gorge State Park.
- Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash.
- The lower visitor center has a fun gift shop and general store. Light snacks and drinks can be purchased there.
- Anna Ruby Falls, a world famous waterfall is also nearby. Another great place to visit. Check out the youtube videos below.
- Check the weather before you go!