Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Brasstown bald visitor center and firetower can be seen in the distance surrounded by fall foliage

Located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, the Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center is the highest point in Georgia, rising 4,784 feet above sea level and just a short drive from Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Helen. On the Bald you’ll find picnic areas with great views; a general store with locally made products; three trailheads just off of our parking lot; a mountaintop natural science & history museum, and observation deck that offers a spectacular 360° view of the surrounding area, including four states (GA, TN, NC, & SC) and if you’re lucky, the skyline of Atlanta! 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Brasstown Bald Visitor Center is closed for the season.  The trail and observation deck remain open year round. The road leading to the Brasstown Bald parking lot (Spur 180) may be closed by Georgia DOT during inclement winter weather. 
Operational Hours: We’ll be closing for the season on Monday, November 29th.  

   
Fees Visitor Center and Day Use Area: $5/person (16+)
(Includes entrance fee and shuttle fee)

After Hours: $3.00 per person (16+)


American the Beautiful Interagency Pass or  Golden Pass Holders Free Entrance
Restrictions: The Brasstown Bald Summit Trail, which connects the parking area to the Visitor Center and Viewing Platform, is a 0.6 mile paved foot trail.  It is very steep.  The shuttle service is provided as an alternative to walking the trail.

Dogs must be leashed and are not permitted in the Visitor Center.
Closest Towns: Hiawassee, GA
Young Harris, GA
Blairsville, GA
Water: A drinking fountain is located at the Visitor Center
Restroom: Flush toilets are located in the day use area and at the Visitor Center
Passes: The Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Interagency Annual, Interagency Annual Military, Golden Access and Golden Age Passes are accepted. Click here for detailed information on Interagency passes!

Contact the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center at
(706) 896-4137 for information regarding an Annual Pass for $25/person or the Friends and Family pass for $35, which allows the pass holder plus two adults in.
Operated By: FIND Outdoors under permit by U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: The Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center: 706-896-2556 OR The Blue Ridge Ranger District: 706-745-6928.

General Information

Directions:

From Blairsville, Georgia take US 19 & 129 south for 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Georgia 180. Go 9 miles to Georgia Spur 180 and turn left (north). Go 3 miles to the Brasstown Bald parking lot.

Please note, some GPS units may display an incorrect location for Brasstown Bald since there is no physical address for the facility. We suggest using the longitude and latitude coordinates for the intersection of Highway 180 and Spur 180 which will provide the most accurate GPS directions. They are N34.847894, W83.798567. While these coordinates are accurate, this is no guarantee your GPS unit will calculate a route accurately.

 

Vicinity map showing the location of Brasstown Bald

Site map showing the layout of Brasstown Bald area.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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