Brasstown Bald, Georgia (4,784 feet)

Brasstown Bald, Georgia (4,784 feet)

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May 14th, 2002, 9:10 pm #1

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August 14th, 2002, 3:03 am #2

Rob O'Keefe 5/28/00
http://www.angelfire.com/al3/mountains/

Matthew DiBiase 3/9/2000
http://americasroof.com/fl-dibiase.shtml

Adam Roddy 1999
http://www.adamroddy.com/

Alan Ritter 6/13/97
http://www.climber.org/Feature/HighPoints1997/

Scott Surgent1/7/97 (new url reported 3/2004)
http://www.surgent.net/highpoints/
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March 3rd, 2003, 3:33 pm #3

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See pictures of the January 26, 2003 visit

http://www.highpointing.com/Georgia-Brasstown_Bald.htm
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May 9th, 2003, 7:49 pm #4

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I summited Brasstown Bald on Wednesday afternoon, 7 May 2003. I drove up from Atlanta on US-19 and GA-180 and found the area to be more natural and less commercially developed than I had supposed. It is within the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The road to the parking lot/visitors center (GA-180 SPUR) is quite steep, and motorists are advised to detach any trailers and leave them at the turn-off area to the SPUR route.

The vast parking lot at the visitors center was nearly deserted on a cool overcast day. At this time of the year the tourist accomodations at Brasstown Bald are closed on weekdays and payment of the $3.00 parking fee (Federal park and recreation passes are accepted) is on the honor system. If I had looked around a little more I would have seen that maintenance workers had left the gate open on the summit road (a bus is available to take visitors to the summit during tourist season), and I could have driven the half mile to the top. But the trail from the parking lot, although fairly steep (about a 400-foot vertical gain in about half a mile), it is blacktopped and pleasant enough.

At the summit all the buildings were closed, and some maintenance workers were repairing walkways, etc., in anticipation of the tourist season. And, between the parking lot and the summit I climbed above the cloud ceiling, so there was no view whatsoever. Oh well, sometimes we can't choose what days are available to do these things. Considering the flooding in the area I was probably fortunate to have reached the site at all. I met one other tourist the whole time I was there (about an hour), and saw four or five maintenance workers. Maybe there is a register inside the souvenir shop/commissary at the summit, but I didn't see anything outside on the "patio."

I then continued on to Blairsville and took US-76, for the most part a very good road, over to Dalton, Ga., and I-75. This was my fifteenth state highpoint.

Mark Stauter
Rolla, Mo.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 16th, 2004, 3:39 pm #5

Rob O'Keefe 5/28/00
http://www.angelfire.com/al3/mountains/

Matthew DiBiase 3/9/2000
http://americasroof.com/fl-dibiase.shtml

Adam Roddy 1999
http://www.adamroddy.com/

Alan Ritter 6/13/97
http://www.climber.org/Feature/HighPoints1997/

Scott Surgent1/7/97 (new url reported 3/2004)
http://www.surgent.net/highpoints/
Rob O'Keefe 5/28/00
http://www.angelfire.com/al3/mountains/

Matthew DiBiase 3/9/2000
http://americasroof.com/fl-dibiase.shtml

Adam Roddy 1999
http://www.adamroddy.com/

Alan Ritter 6/13/97
http://www.climber.org/Feature/HighPoints1997/

Scott Surgent1/7/97 (new url reported 3/2004)
http://www.surgent.net/highpoints/
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March 23rd, 2004, 3:33 am #6

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May 6th, 2004, 5:06 pm #7

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August 24th, 2004, 4:38 am #8

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9th Highpoint! Check out my trip report and pictures at:
http://shelleypotts.com/AboutMe/HighPoints/GA.html

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November 7th, 2004, 1:10 am #9

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I hiked to the summit of Brasstown Bald, the Highpoint of Georgia at 4784 feet, on Tuesday, May 25th, 2004. It was my 21st state highpoint.

I drove from my timeshare condo at the Sky Valley Resort, in Dillard, GA, where I was staying for the week. It was a clear and sunny day but was 85 very humid degrees. According to an old Marine Corps buddy, who lives in Florida but has a cabin in the area, this was record warm weather and not normal in these mountains, especially for this early in the year. I decided to hike to the summit on Jacks Knob Trail, which is Alternate Route #2, as described in Don Holmes guidebook “Highpoints of the United States”. Don lists this trail as being 5.6 miles round trip. I’m not sure if that distance is all the way to the summit or just to the point where the trail ends at the big parking lot. It seemed a lot longer than 5.6 miles to me. That might have been because the trail was very steep in some areas and the humidity was kicking my butt. It was close to an additional mile each way to and from the summit from where Jacks Knob Trail ends at the south end of the Brasstown Bald parking area. I also parked my car at the very bottom of the road leading up to the parking area. I parked right at the northwest corner of the intersection of SR 180, which pretty much runs east and west, and the 180 spur, which runs in a northerly direction toward Brasstown Bald. The parking areas farther up the road, where Don Holmes suggested parking, were all full. Parking where I did probably added an extra ½ mile to my hike.

During the first mile of my ascent to the summit I encountered several large groups of hikers. That explained why the trailhead parking area was so full. I don’t know if they hiked all the way to the summit or not. They didn’t look very tired and were not carrying backpacks so I kind of doubt it. I did not see any other hikers along the trail after that and the Brasstown Bald parking area at the top of the trail was nearly empty. The gift shop near the bottom of the ½ mile paved trail to the summit and the visitors center at the summit were open although I don’t think I saw more than a dozen people while I was there. I spent about 45 minutes at the summit, watching the movie about Brasstown Bald and eating my lunch, before beginning my descent back to my car.

This was the most elaborate and well-maintained visitors center, and observation tower, of any highpoint I have visited, although it does somewhat take away from the naturalness of the area. Overall I would have to say that Georgia gets my vote for taking the most pride, and putting the most effort into their highpoint, but I don’t think I’d want to be there on a crowded weekend day in the summer, especially if there is some sort of festivities going on at the time.

On my way back to my condo in Dillard I stopped at the Taco Bell in Clayton, GA. After I finished eating I found that one of my tires was flat. I was still pretty exhausted from my hike and wasn’t in the mood for this but had to deal with it anyway. After changing my tire I treated myself to a large Chocolate Extreme Blizzard, with chocolate ice cream, at the Dairy Queen across the street. I visited that Diary Queen several times during my stay in nearby Dillard. I asked a couple local guys if they knew of any Goodyear Tire dealers in the area. One of them recommended a place a few miles north of Dillard, on US 23, just across the state line in North Carolina. The following day I took my tire to Greg's Tire & Service Center in Otto, NC. My tire had a 6 inch steel rod in it, that I must have gotten where I parked at Brasstown Bald, or in one of the gravel roads I turned around on. I was surprised that I was able to drive all the way from Brasstown Bald to Clayton on the mountain roads. The tire had to be replaced. They didn’t carry Goodyear tires but were very nice and ordered one for me. They said it would take a day or two to get it in. I didn’t want to drive anywhere with the mini spare tire that was on my car, so for the next couple days I hung around my resort working out in the weight room, jogging the hills and reading my book, which wasn’t so bad. The two brothers that owned Greg's Tire & Service Center were very friendly and helpful, and after the mechanic that installed my tire saw the Marine Corps sticker on my car he treated me like a King. I really appreciated the southern hospitality extended to a visiting Yankee from northern Illinois and would highly recommend Greg’s to anyone having car troubles while visiting this area.
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Joined: February 12th, 2005, 7:59 pm

April 25th, 2005, 4:55 pm #10

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On Arpil 20th I flew to Atlanta, rented a car and drove to Vogel State Park and camped there for the night. Very nice camp ground. I got up very early and drove straight to Brasstown Bald took the walked up the .5 mile trail and tagged the sumit by 7:15am then back to the car and on the road to sumit number two for the day ( see SC Sassafras Mountain )

If anyone knows the record for most state sumits in one day or a 24 hour period please let me know.

"Reaching the sumit is optional,getting back down isn't" - Ed Viesturs
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