Welcome to Brasstown Bald, Georgia's Highest Mountain
Visit Georgia’s Highest Mountain with Cool Scenery, Nature Trails, Visitor Center, and Weekend Programs
Brasstown Bald, located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, is a great place to visit and bring your family! The mountain offers spectacular views, cool mountain air temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a visitor center with a number of interactive exhibits and video presentations.
Brasstown Bald rises 4,784 feet above sea level and its peak looms half a mile above the surrounding valleys. The observation deck offers a breathtaking view of the mountains’ scenic vistas, which sweep a four state area, making it a popular visitor attraction in the North Georgia Mountains. On clear days in late September and October, it’s even possible to see the skyline of Atlanta.
Brasstown Bald experiences weather conditions different from the rest of Georgia. Fog, mist, and storms may unexpectedly move in and obscure the view. These weather conditions help to contribute to the variety of plants and wildlife found on the forested slopes of Brasstown Bald Mountain. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest website offers two webcams where one can check the current weather and visibility at Brasstown Bald Visitor Center. Because of height Brasstown Bald also experiences temperatures on average 5-10 °F cooler than the surrounding areas. Brasstown Bald is a great place to visit during hot summer days as temperatures have never exceeded 84°F.
We invite you to experience the different seasons on Brasstown Bald. Springtime on the Bald offers beautiful displays of blossoming mountain laurel, rosebay and purple rhododendron, and flame azaleas, which typically bloom between late May and late June. Our busiest season is during the fall when the leaves begin to change and autumns’ colors begin to spread across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mid-October is the best time to come view the spectacular autumn colors of the North Georgia Mountains.
Brasstown Bald Visitor Center
Take a trip back in time and come discover the rich history of the North Georgia Mountains. The exhibits in the visitor center take you through the human and natural history of the Southern Appalachian region. Learn about the Cherokee Indians and early settlers and the impact they had on the land upon which they lived and earned their livelihoods. A life-like robot of Ranger Arthur Woody, the first forester in the Blue Ridge Mountains, talks about the role the Forest Service played in the reforestation of the mountains in the early 1900s.
Brasstown Bald Visitor Center is located on the summit of the Bald and is now open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers exhibits, video presentations, and information about the surrounding areas.
A steep, paved ½ mile trail leads from the parking lot to the visitor information center on the Bald. For those who don’t want to walk, a concessionaire operates a shuttle bus from the parking areas to the Visitor Center for a fee. A U.S. Forest Service parking fee is also required.