What to Expect on Your Epic Fall Summit Hike to Brasstown Bald

If you have any interest at all in easy hikes to gorgeous summit views displaying breathtaking fall color then put on your hiking boots and go NOW to Brasstown Bald in gorgeous Blairsville, Ga.

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.

Brasstown Bald Summit

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.

Brasstown Bald Summit

Lake Chatuge in the valley:

Brasstown Bald Summit

At the summit:

Brasstown Bald Summit


Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

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.
Lesli Peterson

4 Comments on "What to Expect on Your Epic Fall Summit Hike to Brasstown Bald"

  1. I have a 2 years old how would you recommend I hike with her. Was the terrain smooth enough for stroller? I will also be dragging a 4yrs old with broken arm and a slow 7yr.love the challenges.

    • The hike is stroller friendly. All paved. If you are worried, though, just take the shuttle. Its easy and runs continuously…and its free!!

  2. Do you know if there is a way to hire someone to lead a hike at Brasstown Bald?

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