Brasstown Bald

  • Brasstown Bald
  • 1458 m.
  • Primary factor 642 m
  • Highest in the (US) state of Georgia
  • Location: North 34:52.459, West 83:48.652 (GPS at the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed on March 11, 2008.


How to get there: This mountain is located almost directly south of Knoxville (Tennessee) just south of the border to Georgia. The nearest little town is Blairsville. From the north, take Hwy. 68 off Interstate 75, south. Then east into North Carolina on Hwy. 123, that turns into Hwy. 294. Cross Hwy. 64 and follow Hwy. 129/19 to Blairsville.
From Blairsville, continue 7 miles (11.3 km) south on 129/19. Turn left here onto Hwy. 180 and drive another 7 miles (11.3 km) east. From this saddle, there are signs as a road forks left and uphill. Follow this road 3 miles (4.8km) as it climbs to a large parking area. Pay 3 dollars for parking, possibly self serve system. This is the trailhead, location N34:52.200, W083:48.640, elevation 1325 meter.
From the south (Atlanta), take Hwy. 19 from the ring road (freeway 285), north east. After this road merges with Hwy. 129, be alert and locate Hwy. 180 that you should follow east. See the directions above.
Route description: From the parking area, locate the (paved) walking path that will take you to the summit area.
Comments: I started out from the car around 1035 and reached the summit after 15 minutes of a leisurely walk. The summit tower was closed, a family with several small children had reached the top just ahead of me. I took a few pictures before returning to my car at 1115.