Brasstown Bald, GA

October 24, 2019


Backpacking Trip

Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, is located alongside the Appalachian Trail in close proximity to its Southern terminus. We tackled this highpoint as part of a short three day backpacking trip along the AT, via the Blue Mountain Shelter and Unicoi Gap.

October may be the perfect time to backpack in Northern Georgia, striking a perfect balance between oppressive summer humidity and the chill of late autumn.

The Blue Mountain Shelter sits atop a wooded hill alongside the AT. At night, the shelter is a wonderful place to rest near the fire and admire the starry sky.

Brasstown Bald can be accessed from the AT via the Jack’s Knob Trail, a 4.5 mile climb through the Mark Trail Wilderness. Like most highpoints in this region, this one is also accessible via road and features a museum and historic firetower at the top.