Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Date of summit: Friday - April 25, 2008

Mountain: Brasstown Bald

Summit Elevation: 4,784 feet

We set out on our spring break for an Appalachian adventure. Our goal was to hike to the high point in each of six states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. We planned 4 days for the 1,500 mile road trip that would include up to 23 miles of hiking. Each state will get its own post. Unfortunately, you won't find one for Kentucky because we ran out of time and didn't make it! We came home happy (and exhuasted) though with 5 state high points.

Brasstown Bald was the 3rd high point we reached on our Appalachian trip and the 6th overall high point we have made it to so far.

The highpoint in Georgia is one you can usually drive to (almost- just a 1/3 mile hike from the parking lot on top). It would have been nice to drive it because we were limited on time, but the spur road off of Highway 180 was closed since they were preparing for the Tour de Georgia bike race. The ranger pointed us to a small, steep trail that would take us to the top if we were willing to make the 6 mile round-trip hike.

So of course we did it! Here's Jewels up on top of Brasstown Bald - the highest point in Georgia. We had to go fast since thunderstorms were coming our direction rather quickly.

A view from on top of the nice observation deck/museum towards the south, overlooking the beautiful Georgia countryside.

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