Brasstown Bald

Location: North Central Georgia
Trip Starts: Parking Area
Trip Ends: Parking Area
Total Distance: 1.2 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Summit Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000Brasstown Bald: 706 896-2556


Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia rising at 4,784 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see four states including Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina from the spectacular 360-degree views at the top of the mountain. This short hike to the summit begins at the parking lot and follows a steep, paved 1/2 mile trail to the Visitor Information Center on the Bald. (For those who don’t want to walk, a concessionaire operates a shuttle buss from the parking area to the Visitor Information Center for a fee.)

On the summit, there is a museum, round overlook with pay view finders, and a theater which offers a short 15 minute presentation on the park. It’s a great place to spend a few hours whether you decide to climb the mountain or take the shuttle.

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