Nestled in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Brasstown Bald is the the highest peak standing in Georgia at 4,784 feet above sea level. You have the option to hike half-mile hike to the top or a shuttle that departs every 15 minutes can take you to there. At the top you will find the observation deck and a museum. On clear days you can see towns to the north settled down in the valleys and to the south you might be able to spot the tall buildings that grace the Atlanta skyline.
Backstory and Context
For hikers, Brasstown Bald offers four hiking trails. The shortest at 0.6 miles is also the steepest. This is the trail that will take you to the top of mountain to the visitor's center. The other trails such as Arkaquah and Jack's Knob heads west and south. Jack's Knob trail is a trail that takes you to the Appalachian Trail. The longest trail in the park is the Wagon Train Trail. This trail heads north to the town of Young Harris only highway 66.
At the top of the mountain, the visitor's center offers a small museum. The museum offers history as well as showcases animals that are part of the park. The parking lot area is a little more then 3/4 of the way to the top and offers a gift shop. The fee is $5 for adults and children under 16 are free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5p.m.