What Are Some Interesting Facts About Brasstown Bald in Georgia?

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Brasstown Bald, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, is in the northwestern part of Georgia. At 4,784 feet tall, it is the highest point in the state. At the summit, which is reached by hiking the Jack`s Knob Trail or by bus, a five-story lookout tower and visitor's platform offers a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountain and the surrounding 13,000 acres make up the Brasstown Bald Wilderness Area.

When the land belonged to the Cherokee Nation, the mountain was called Mount Enotah. The name Brasstown came from a Cherokee village located nearby, but something was lost in the translation. The village was called Itse`yi, which means "green place." Someone confused the name with Untsai`yi, which means "brass."

Brasstown Bald is known for its hiking trails. The Jack's Knob Trail connects the mountain to the Appalachian Trail, while the Arkaquah Trail follows the mountain range's ridge lines. The Wagon Train trail follows a northern route to Young Harris along the unfinished Georgia Highway 66. The closest town is Blairsville in Union County.

The Brasstown Bald Wilderness area is open year-round, but the bus service doesn't operate during the winter. Even though the mountain is fairly close to Atlanta, it's usually a lot cooler, even in summer. In winter, it's cold enough to snow.