A visit to the mountains of North Georgia would be incomplete without a stop at 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! This amazing site has a museum, shuttle service, hiking trails, and amazing views. This is a great day trip for adventurous family travelers like us!
We decided that as native Georgians we had to visit the highest point in our state, at the very least. The drive was just over an hour from Black Rock Mountain State Park, where we were staying. 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.
The staff encouraged us to wait on the shuttle van that would carry us up the road to the summit, which is closed to visitor traffic. Otherwise, we could walk the trail to the top. Once we made the observation 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!
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 see the pinnacle. As you may have guessed, a brass cover mark 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. Another thing you can do is relax in the rocking chairs provided. Rest your legs as you wait for the shuttle or anticipate the walk back down the trail.