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

Take in 360-degree views atop the 4,784 feet Brasstown Bald. Enjoy the view from Georgia's tallest mountain with live, streaming webcams no matter where you are.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The facilities are closed for the winter. However, as long as the access road, Spur 180, is open, the public is welcome to visit the site, hike the trail to the summit, and enjoy the view from the observation deck (elevator closed in the winter). In the event of severe winter weather, the Georgia Department of Transportation does close the road for public safety. Remember, there are no services available even when Spur 180 is open. The shuttle service is not available and the cabin and visitor centerĀ on top of the mountain are closed until the spring 2020.

As a reminder, the gate at the bottom of Highway 180 Spur up to the Bald will close if conditions are unsafe for travel.
Operational Hours: Open Daily
Operating Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fees Visitor Center and Day Use Area: $5/person (16+)
(Includes entrance fee and shuttle fee)

Interagency/Golden Senior or Access Pass Holders: $2.00 Shuttle Fee (Free Entrance)

After Hours: $3.00 per person (16+)
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, 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: Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association under permit by U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: The Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center: 706-896-2556
The Blue Ridge Ranger District: 706-745-6928

General Information


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.


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