Brasstown Bald near Blairsville is the mountain with the highest peak in the state of Georgia, USA, having a peak elevation of 4,784 feet above mean sea level. Due to this, it is the first place to witness fall color. The mountain is common to the local Cherokee folks as mount Enotah and is sited just south of the North Carolina border, in the northwest area of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 14 km east of Blairsville. Named after the old Cherokee rural community of Brasstown, Georgia, situated the length of the upper Brasstown Creek, the mountain is mostly of soapstone and dunite.
The mountain could be easily recognized by the five-storied lookout tower atop its peak originally designed and built with the aid of the Civilian Conservation Corps by Arthur Woody. On brighter days, the impressive 360-degree observation from atop the mountain permits you to see the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina. The immediate area is habitat to a wide array of animals and plants. The Visitor Information Center positioned on the top of the Bald and can be reached by a steep hike along a one-half mile trail, or for a fee by shuttle bus, offers exhibits, video presentations and interpretive programs.
Been a hiker's dream there are four hiking trails, including the paved summit-access trail these trails are, Arkaquah Trail, Wagon Train Trail, and part of Jack's Knob Trail. All start from the parking area at the bald. It is advisable to be prepared for a cool weather, whatever season you choose to visit. Visitors are given the chance to shop at our exclusive gift shop, have a picnic at south end of the visitor parking center and explore the visitor center that centers its attention on Georgia history, geology and nature, and watch a 15 minute show regarding the incredible changes to the Brasstown countryside throughout the year. Its close proximity to the Nottely River in Blairsville, Lake Chatuge in Hiwassee and the Crane Creek Vineyards in young Harris makes it very ideal vicinity for a vacation.
Every April, there is presently a world-class cycling event that features in the northern Georgia Mountains. The festival has featured a mountain top finish on Brasstown Bald. Promptly fetching the "Alpe d'huez" of North America, this is a very grand way to witness Georgia's highest mountain.
Guests to the center can also dine at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa which is regionally prominent for its excellent meals, sumptuous buffets, and pleasant service while offering a spectacular mountain retreat experience with picturesque mountain views from its dining room. It's equally very famous for its Friday Evening Seafood Buffets and Sunday lunch presented at reasonable prices in a comfy restaurant. This peaceful resort offers championship golf, soothing spa treatments and guided horseback rides. The Fireside Lounge and veranda is the just the thing setting for cocktails and chatting next to a fire or under the stars.