Helen Georgia – Brasstown Bald

.tags If you ever have the chance to visit a awesome Georgia attraction, you must visit Brasstown Bald. Brasstown Bald is the highest elevation in the State of Georgia at four thousand four hundrend and eighty foot. Brasstown bald is such a high elevation that even on those scorching hot summer days in Georgia, the temperature rarely ever rises above the low eighties.

This attraction offers a three hundred and sixty degree view of the North Georgia Mountains from its observation tower, which is accessible to visitors.

There is a large museum at the top with mountain folk art, exhibits created to teach about the history of the mountains. There are exhibit areas that focus on the history of the Indians, as well as the development of, and the current conservation efforts of the North Georgia Mountain regions.

Just next to the museum is a nice small air-conditioned theatre with shows every thirty minutes all about the North Georgia Mountains pin pointing the changes in the mountains plant and animal life from season to season. The observation deck area offers commercial binoculars on stands allowing visitors to view some amazing scenery. And don’t forget your camera gear. Brasstown Bald is a photographers dream, and can be photographed several times throughout the year as season and scenery changes offering new and more challenging photo opportunities.

There are plenty of places where visitors can just sit and relax, including a few large white country style rocking chairs where visitors can sit, relax, and take in the cool mountain breeze while reading a book, or just enjoying the fantastic scenery.

Brasstown Bald is an excellent Georgia destination for children of all ages. All the exhibits are well designed in such a way as to bring wonder and discovery to maturing minds. There are robotic lifelike characters that give educational lessons of what life was like in the North Georgia Mountains many years ago, as well as lessons on what future generations can do to keep this great natural wonder alive and well.

Upon entering the parking area, there are two options for getting up to the observation area. One option is to take the six tenths of a mile hike, which is not very far, but is very steep. The incline of this hike makes it equivalent to a three-mile hike. The other option is to take a small shuttle bus up to the observation deck. There is a charge for the shuttle bus of three dollars roundtrip. There is also a three-dollar parking fee.

Brasstown Bald has a nice gift shop adjacent to the parking area, which offers a few snacks, some books with mountain information, and various small gifts and mountain souvenirs. Also adjacent to the parking area are a handful of nice picnic tables with grills lending way to a perfect spot for a family picnic with a cool mountain breeze, and some of the best scenery available in the State of Georgia.

Brasstown Bald is located approximately twenty minutes outside of Helen Georgia off Hwy 180.

The attraction in general is a few hours, but one can easily make the visit last for a full day if you choose to have a picnic, and decide to just have some down time sitting around in the rocking chairs at the observation deck and catching up on your reading.

So if you live in, or are visiting Georgia, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this excellent attraction.