Brasstown Bald

The highest point in Georgia is a must-see attraction during your next trip to the mountains of northern Georgia. Start planning today!

2941 Highway 180 Spur
Hiawassee, GA 30546

Site Info.


Hours of Operation
Open daily from 10am – 5pm
mid-March through December (weather permitting)

Observation deck and hiking trails are accessible 24/7, but all facilities close at 5pm. A single pit toilet is located in the center of the parking lot for public use after hours.

Admission

Open Hours

$5 per adult (16 & up.)
Children 15 & under get in free.
The day-use fee and includes parking and shuttle service.

After Hours

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

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Owned by the US Forest Service, and 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. Just a short drive from Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Helen, Brasstown Bald is a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. On the Bald you will find picnic areas with great views; a general store with locally made products; three trailheads just off of our parking lot (Jack’s Knob, Arkaquah, and the Wagon Train trails;) a mountaintop natural science & history museum; theater which plays a short video every half-hour; and observation deck which 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!

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

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.

ALERT!

We are now OPEN Thursday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm with a maximum capacity of 60 cars in the parking lot. PLEASE NOTE: There is NO shuttle service at this time.


FIND Adventure - On Site


  • Viewing platform on the highest peak in GA!
  • Shuttle service to summit
  • Gift shop & general store
  • Exhibit hall
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic areas
  • Mountain Top Theater
  • Dogs are permitted on the site, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are allowed on the shuttle, but are NOT allowed in the store, museum, elevator, or theater. Only Service Animals are permitted inside these facilities
  • Drones -Because we are surrounded by designated Wilderness Areas where drones are prohibited, we do NOT allow drones to be flown.
  • Smoking & Vaping are only allowed in the parking area. It is prohibited in all other areas of the site.

 

FIND Educational Programs

At Brasstown Bald, education is one of our top priorities! Our program offerings range from environmental science to local history and culture. You must register for some of these events, but others will be all-day affairs during open hours. Along with those programs, we also have daily opportunities for education. At our visitor center children will have the opportunity to participate in a free Scavenger Hunt around the museum. For $4, older children (10 & up recommended) will have the opportunity to participate in the Brasstown Bald Junior Ranger program, where upon completion they will be sworn in as a Junior Ranger of Brasstown Bald. The movie that plays at our mountain top theater provides insight into the seasonal changes that occur on the mountain; our observation deck includes informational panels that will help you identify what you can see; and our staff is always ready to help with educational interpretation. These opportunities are waiting for you at Brasstown Bald, with more to come!

 


FIND Adventure - Off Site


  • Beautiful Anna Ruby Falls is close by and Atlanta is only a few short hours away
  • Hike some of the great trails at Lake Russell Recreation Area
  • Visit the Bavarian village of Helen, GA
  • Take a peek at this article in Southern Living Magazine by Annette Thompson called “Take the Georgia High Road” which mentions Brasstown Bald and will encourage you to “fall for autumn views” in northern Georgia!

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