Happy summer! Although it feels like it’s been here for a while, it's officially here. Right now it's storming outside. Fortunately, two weekends ago the weather was really nice throughout Georgia. Sunshine, blue skies, fluffy white clouds and highs in the mid to upper 70s. Too nice to stay in! My husband and I decided to take a day trip to Georgia’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald.
I love that the mountains are so easily accessible from the city. It makes it easy to plan last minute adventures on a whim, depending on where you’re heading. My husband heard about Brasstown Bald just a couple days prior to us going, and with a quick check of the forecast we had our weekend plans. From the eastern suburbs of Atlanta, it was just under a 2 hour drive.
When taking a trip out there, if you get carsick easily just be aware that the last two roads that lead up to the visitor center are quite curvy. Otherwise it was a nice scenic drive and paved the whole way there. Once you get there, you can’t miss it— there will be a big sign highlighting where to turn for the visitor center.
The entry fee is $5 per person and if you need to pay with a card, you can go inside the gift shop to pay. After that you can either hike or take a free shuttle up to the visitor center and viewing deck. We took the shuttle up which was a quick ride that only took about 5 minutes, if that. Once off the shuttle we walked right up the stairs to the viewing deck and the view was absolutely breathtaking! It’s 360 degrees of lush, green mountains plus four states in sight. You can see Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and of course, Georgia.
Just below the observation deck is a museum that tells the history of the mountain, it's surrounding area and the natives that inhabited the land. Unfortunately, when we got there the museum was closing for the day so we didn’t get to check it out. We definitely plan to visit it the next time we go up there though!
The shuttles stop just before 5pm, but if you miss the last one you can still hike back down to the parking lot. After taking in the sights and taking some pictures, we caught the shuttle back down. At this point, we were hungry! We packed some food from home so we enjoyed it at one of the several picnic tables they have around the parking lot, with a view of the mountains. Overall, it was an afternoon very well spent. Every now and then it's refreshing to get away from the city a bit and closer to nature. I highly recommend that you go, pictures simply don't do it justice. Grab someone you love (which could just be yourself!), pack a delicious meal and head out there on a clear, sunny day. Personally, I plan to go back in the fall when the leaves start to change. I'm sure it looks beautiful in every season!