Brasstown Bald Recreation Area

Come to Brasstown Bald and visit the best view around! 360-degree views, gift shop and boundless beauty await you in north Georgia.

Location
2941 Highway 180 Spur
Hiawassee, GA 30546
Office Phone

706.896.2556


Site Info.


This facility is handicapped accessible

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily
10:00 – 5:00pm

Shuttle Service:
Available Daily
No shuttle 12:30 -1:10pm
Last Shuttle to the summit is 4:30pm

Hiking trails are accessible 24/7
No after-hours facilities

Admission:

$5 per adult (16 & up.)
Children 15 & under get in free.

After Hours

$3 per adult paid through the yellow envelopes found at the fee tube next to the ticket booth.

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Upcoming programs at Brasstown Bald:
* Raptor Rendezvous – October 16 

Make sure to pick up your “Visitor Center Passport” and get your stamp!
– Collect all five stamps: Northwest Trading Post, Pisgah Visitor Center, Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald, The Cradle
– Pick up a passport at any visitor center. Get all five and receive a special edition token!

Located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, the Brasstown Bald Recreation Area & Visitor 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! If you want to check the current weather here, follow this link to view the LIVE webcam from the south side of the lookout tower.

While getting “out there” and getting your hands dirty, make sure to do your part to recreate responsibly. Take a minute to visit our FIND forest friends and learn how!

For general information and questions, call the Visitor Center: 706-896-2556
For questions about groups and events, call the Office: 706-896-4137
For questions about educational programs, please email Liberti Gates liberti@gofindoutdoors.org


FIND Adventure - On Site


  • Viewing platform on the highest peak in GA!
  • Shuttle service to summit
  • Gift shop & general store
  • Exhibit hall
  • Hiking trails
    – The Summit Trail is a steep .6 miles hike from the parking area to the viewing deck.
    Jack’s Knob Trail is 4.5 miles and begins at the parking area.
    The Arkaquah Trail is 5.5 miles, begins at the parking lot and ends at the Track Rock Archeological Site.
    Wagon Train Trail is 5.7 miles and begins on the Summit Trail and is of major historic significance.
  • Picnic areas
  • Mountain Top Theater (Currently closed due to COVID)
  • Dogs are permitted on the site, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Service Animals are permitted inside these facilities
  • No drones allowed
  • Smoking & Vaping are only allowed in the parking area.

On-Site Educational Opportunities

Are you an educator or parent hoping to create a hands-on learning experience for your students? Brasstown is your resource! From educational programs ranging from environmental science to Georgia history, Brasstown offers an incredible, immersive experience for everyone. To design and schedule an educational program or event with our education team, please contact our Program Manager, Liberti Gates at liberti@gofindoutdoors.org.

  • Scavenger hunts available for younger visitors. Prizes awarded for completion! Just ask!
  • The Junior Ranger program for ages nine and above. Complete the program and get a patch!
  • Our exhibit hall provides hands-on experiences for all.


Events and Large Groups
– Please call our main office at 708-896-4137 if you plan on bringing a group of more than 10 to ensure that we can accommodate you.

National Lands Pass
Since we are a Federal facility, we do honor the America the Beautiful National Park & Federal Recreation Land Passes. The pass holder and pass must be physically present and in the same vehicle as the people you wish the pass to cover. In a non-commercial vehicle, the pass will cover the pass holder and three other people. In a commercial vehicle, the pass will only cover the pass holder. At Brasstown Bald, this pass will cover your parking and day-use fee, but if you would like to use the shuttle service, there will be a charge of $2 per adult. Brasstown Bald does NOT accept any other passes except the National Lands Pass, and the Brasstown Bald Friends & Family pass (available at the general store.) For further reading about the National Lands Pass, please read this FAQ.


FIND Adventure - Off Site


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