With a peak elevation of 4,784 ft., Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia even though it is actually a barely discernible rise in the 8 mile long Wolfpen Ridge, a spine of Blue Ridge Mountains that also includes Blood Mountain, Trey Mountain and Rabun Bald. The spectacular 360 degree view at the top of Brasstown Bald includes parts of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. On a clear day, people can even see the tops of the tallest buildings in Atlanta from the top of Brasstown Bald.
Brasstown Bald consists primarily of soapstone and dunite. The old wagon train road leading from Young Harris takes visitors through a forest of northern hardwood trees on the north side of Brasstown Bald where huge, old yellow birch trees are covered with old man’s beard lichen that thrives because of almost continuous moisture condensation. Mountain laurel, Rosebay rhododendron and purple rhododendron line the visitor’s pathway past a dwarfed red oak and white oak forest to the Visitors Center at the top of Brasstown Bald.
The Cherokee Indians who lived on Brasstown Bald prior to the European’s settlement of Georgia carved mysterious petroglyphs into three large soapstone boulders that have been preserved at the Track Rock Archeological Site. These historic rocks have been enclosed in metal cages to protect them but they are visible to visitors and their mysterious writing has never been translated and fully understood. The Track Rock Archeological Site is located on Track Rock Road off Highway 76 northwest of Blairsville and 4 miles southwest of Young Harris.
Real estate in areas near Brasstown Bald
Young Harris, Blairsville and Hiawassee are the three cities closest to Brasstown Bald. Homes and properties are highly valued in this verdantly forested area because the cost of living is relatively low while the quality of living is relatively high. Some of the most prized properties are in the area surrounding Lake Chatuge in the Enchanted Valley, a region characterized by multi-million dollar estate homes and upscale resort communities that were tastefully developed along Lake Chatuge’s shores.
Typical ranch style single family homes on ¼ acre of land in Young Harris, Blairsville and Hiawassee range in price from $160,000 to $250,000, and prices increase into the million dollar range for large custom built homes on ½ acre to 1 acre of land. Residential real estate in the Enchanted Valley also features multi-million dollar custom built lakeside homes on estate sized properties, modern log cabin style homes, and luxurious residential condominium developments that offer special amenities to residents like championship golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts.
Blairsville is famous for its many romantic bed and breakfast inns and rustic cabins. Bed and breakfast inns in Blairsville include Arkaquah Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast, the Davis-Reid-Sampson House, Highland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, Lane’s End Bed & Breakfast, Misty Mountain Inn and Cottages, and Your Home in the Woods Bed & Breakfast. Cabins and cottage rentals in the Blairsville area are available at Alpine Cabins, Kilin Tyme Cabins, Paradise Cabins Resort & Spa, 2’s Company Farm Creek Cabins, 7 Creeks Housekeeping Cabins, Brasstown View Chalets, Cozy Cove Cabin Rentals, Goose Creek Cabins and Campground, Helton Creek Cottages, Highland Falls Cabins, Mountain Oak Cabins & Campground, Sunrise River Cabins and Town Creek Cottages.
The 503 acre Brasstown Valley Resort near Young Harris is famous for its championship golf course, exquisite cuisine, equestrian activities and luxurious accommodations at their main mountain lodge. The Ridges Resort & Club is another resort in Young Harris that features rooms with private balconies overlooking beautiful Lake Chatuge, and the Ridges Resort Golf Villas for golf lovers who can also enjoy the resort’s championship golf course. For an exciting aquatic experience, the Boundary Waters Resort & Marina in Hiawassee offers deluxe lakeside suites and Mallard Point lakeside cottages with full kitchens and private deck views overlooking the resort’s secluded cove on Lake Chatuge. Guests enjoy free docking privileges for their private boats and complimentary use of the resort’s canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.
The region surrounding Brasstown Bald is an antique shopper’s dream because the area is so beautiful to drive through and there are many intriguing stores to visit. In the North Georgia Mountains, serious antique shoppers can spend several days browsing through an increasing number of unique specialty shops and antique malls. Art stores throughout the area display the work of many well known painters, potters and sculptors along with a colorful array of Appalachian folk art.
Gourmet dining is available near Brasstown Bald at the Brasstown Valley Resort’s Dining Room featuring New Mountain cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients by Chef Sid Kurrimbukus. Three different fine dining experiences are offered at The Ridges Resort & Club. The Sequoyah room serves exquisite entrees complemented by an exceptional wine list and dessert menu, the Old Hiawassee Grille features local and traditional Georgia cuisine, and the Cherokee Grill has bountiful sandwiches, mouthwatering appetizers and fresh salads.
With its 132 miles of shoreline, Lake Chatuge and the entire region surrounding Brasstown Bald is famous for year round trout fishing in numerous streams and rivers. A great way to have fun exploring Lake Chatuge is to enjoy a leisurely cruise on a pontoon boat. Full service marinas at the lake also rent fishing boats, waterskiing boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. Other recreational activities in the area around Brasstown Bald include swimming, boating, hiking and backpacking. Various hiking trails in the area lead to the famous Appalachian Trail and there are even places to go whitewater rafting for those who enjoy a bit of dangerous adventure.