What is there to do at Brasstown Bald?


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Visitors to Brasstown Bald can hike on four trails and learn about the area's geology, ecology, climate, history and culture at the visitor center and interpretive areas. They can also enjoy a picnic and visit the gift shop.

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Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia, rising 4,784 feet. Visitors can traverse hiking trails that range in length from 1/2 mile to 6 miles, and they have the opportunity to view scenery along the way as well as from the observation deck of the lookout tower at the top of the mountain. Telescopes are available on the observation deck, from which visitors have a 360-degree view. Four states are visible: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. A shuttle bus is available for a fee. Picnic tables area available on a first-come-first-served basis near the parking lot.

The visitor center features a movie that shows the changes the area undergoes throughout the seasons. There are also two animatrons depicting a female forest ranger and Arthur Woody, who was prominent in the area's effort to stock streams with fish and repopulate the area with deer in the early 20th century. In addition, the center houses a small locomotive that was employed in transporting trees cut from the mountain to sawmills.

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