The colors peak at Brasstown Bald well before other parts of North Georgia due to the extraordinary height. This is the tallest point in the entire state of Georgia, and it basically has its own micro-climate, similar to Massachusetts.
Kids under 16 are free, but adults are $5 each (NOT per carload.) We found that the fog hangs thick here in the mornings. When we visited about 10:30am, we could barely see the other cars in the parking lot because the fog was so thick.
This was despite being a gorgeous day with hardly a cloud in the sky as we drive to Blairsville. Even the road up the mountain was clear as day…but you can feel the immediate change once you reach the top. We double-backed for fun at another location, and returned about 1:30pm for fantastic views.
There is a shuttle to the top, but we walked the 6/10 of a mile paved trail. It wasn’t easy (could that have been a vertical greater than 45 degrees – sheesh) but it was rewarding. There are no vista views as you climb; you are merely enjoying the trees along the path. I would still do it again!
At the top you find a museum, a short movie, restrooms, and a breathtaking overlook of Georgia, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina. Restrooms and a visitor center are at the base near the parking lot.
Lake Chatuge in the valley:
At the summit:
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.