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Brasstown Bald

Brasstown Bald – The top of Our Mountains

Brasstown Bald, touching the clouds! At almost 5,000 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald Recreation Area & Visitor Center in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is the highest point in Georgia. Owned by the US Forest Service and just a short drive from Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville and Helen, GA, Brasstown Bald offers visitors 360-degree viewing opportunities of the surrounding areas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and sometimes the Atlanta skyline can all be seen from the Visitor Center’s observation deck.

In addition to the spectacular views, visitors to the Bald can also enjoy an afternoon of hiking on one of three trailheads, visiting the natural science and history museum or picnicking in one of the many scenic picnic areas. Area schools can also participate in all that Brasstown Bald has to offer by scheduling a field trip tailored to your class age, size and interests. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Bald!

brasstown bald

Take the shuttle…or take a hike!  It’s not an incredibly long hike. And though it’s steadily uphill from the start, it’s not terribly difficult, either, thanks to its short length. But what the hike to Brasstown Bald lacks in distance, it sure makes up for in beauty. This adventure to Georgia’s tallest summit follows a paved trail through a magnificent forest filled with mossy rock and twisted thickets of blooming native shrubs. The trek itself is just over a half mile, each way. And the hike’s halfway point at the summit of this soaring mountain is simply spectacular.

Fine Dining

Fine dining at its best – Yes, right here in our little corner of the mountains.!
Whether it’s time to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a professional chef… when you’ve sampled all the local barbecue joints and catfish fish-fry’s here in our little corner of the mountains, then it’s time to check out these three fine-dining restaurants. For a memorable meal made with locally sourced ingredients—everything from local grass-fed beef to delectable spring greens grown on a nearby farm, served by friendly and professional servers– make a reservation at one of these unique local fine-dining choices.

Fine dining at its best on the Square in historic downtown Hayesville
2 Sullivan Street, Hayesville
Phone: 828-389-8460

Chef Dennis Barber got his first taste of the restaurant business while attending college in Hammond, LA. One of the grand historic homes in town was being renovated as a fine dining restaurant. The place was charming and offered an exceptional dining experience in the small town 50 miles north of New Orleans. Dennis grew up in New Orleans and was thrilled to see a restaurant of this caliber in his college town. The memory of dining experiences there stayed with him and he decided that one day he might like to try his hand at something similar. After ten years of service in the US Air Force as a B-52 radar navigator/bombardier, Dennis returned to his hometown of New Orleans and began culinary training at The Westin Canal Place. After 25 years of working for the Westin and other fine establishments, Chef Dennis was presented with the perfect opportunity for realizing his dream. He began renovating a service station off Hayesville’s historic square in 2005 and opened The Copper Door in March 2007.


Brasstown The Crown

Perched high on a hill in the heart of the beautiful Brasstown valley.
139 Emily Lane, Brasstown NC
Phone: 828-516-1672
* Call for reservations *

General manager Donna Kaye Forsythe and executive chef Luke Conrad have created a dining experience unlike any other in the beautiful Brasstown valley west of Hayesville. Enjoy a farm-to-table and locally sourced lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch; craft cocktails, craft beer, and specialty wines. Overlooking rolling farmland and mountains and less than a mile from the John C. Campbell Folk School, The Crown in Brasstown offers a constantly changing menu highlighting our Southern Appalachian heritage, using modern and innovative takes on regional cooking with wild, locally sourced ingredients.

Cane Creek Vineyards


Upscale cuisine nestled in the rolling hills of the Cane Creek Vineyards
916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA
706-379-4174  –  for Paris and Company restaurant – reservations

706-379-1236  –  for Cane Creek Vineyards

Go to the Cane Creek Vineyards website,  then click on the slider for
Paris and Company “Learn More”

And be sure to visit their Facebook page for the latest menus
and lunch and dinner specials!

We’re always amazed at how folks find their way here to our little corner of the mountains, and Chef Sid and Nina are no exception. In 1985 Chef Sid and Nina met in Paris, France while taking her junior year of college abroad. They married in 1988 and began their life together in Naples, Florida. They have two beautiful daughters, Alexa and Sarina. In 2005, the family relocated to this beautiful mountain area where Chef Sid served as Executive Chef at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa until November 2014. After a few years in our old roadside location, we are happy to now offer fine-dining surrounded by the stunning vistas of Cane Creek Vineyards, working and serving our community together.

Anejo Mexican Grill

Anejo Mexican Grill – the first stop for the best in TexMex and authentic Mexican food here in our little corner of the mountains.   When you’ve tried the local BBQ joints and have had your fill of burgers & fries, when you’ve got a hankering for a bowl of chips and salsa, maybe some guacamole and a frosty margarita, then it’s time to head on over to the friendly folks at Anejo Mexican Grill in Hayesville.  

Anejo Mexican Grill
18 Creekside Plaza*
*on the east side of Hwy 69, just 1/2 mile south of the traffic light at Hwys 64 & 69

I’m convinced that anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food is a psychopath.
~Jim Gaffigan, “Mexican Foodland,” Food: A Love Story, 2014

Don’t know what to order when you’re out for Mexican food?  Worried you won’t understand the menu, or that you don’t speak Spanish?  Don’t worry – the team at this family-owned restaurant speaks English and the friendly servers are happy to explain their menu items and help you make your choice.  Can’t handle red-hot chili peppers? Then simply ask for your dish to be created “mild”. 

Here’s what folks have said about their meal at Anejo Mexican Grill…

Paul C. says:  Small town surprise that rivals any authentic Mexican anywhere else in NC.  Fresh chips and salsa and a house margarita are a great opener.  Enormous menu full of old favorites and new ones. Had (and LOVED) the Quesadilla Mucho Grande.  Enough food to feed a family of 2-3 for $8.50!  Creamy cheese, marinated chicken and juicy shrimp with refried beans and amazing guacamole (creamy with a perfect kick of garlic) on the side. Great value, wonderful food, and some sweet ambiance to boot.  Highly recommended.

Brandi W. says:  This was our first time here. We came in based on others reviews and we are happy we did. The service was excellent and the food was amazing! The prices we very fair based on the portions and quality. Other reviews mentioned it didn’t look like much on the outside but it’s very nice inside. We will definitely return the next time we are in the area.

Nina S. wrote:  This place was a riot — jam packed on Sunday night at 7pm, we were seated quickly and in the middle of full-on Mexican kitsch.  I had a Texas margarita, which had some kick to it, and enchiladas rancheros…I swear I got 2 chicken breasts in those enchiladas.  The waiter was very attentive (‘cause we were beside the cash register). He brought me a hotter sauce for my enchiladas, and tried to get me to buy another drink.  The food was good- my patient hubby with the sensitive tummy got a cheese fajita.  Enjoyed our meal & the surroundings.

Brasstown Bald

Brasstown Bald

“Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

You made it to the top– welcome to Brasstown Bald! 

Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald rises 4,784 feet above sea level and its peak looms half a mile above the surrounding valleys.  If you’re going to be making a visit to our little corner of the mountains in October, put Brasstown Bald on your bucket list as it is the first place to see fall color. On clear days, the spectacular 360-degree view from the top of the mountain allows you to see four states, including Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The observation deck offers a breathtaking view of the mountains’ scenic vistas and on clear days in late September and October, it’s even possible to see the skyline of Atlanta. In addition to spectacular views, a visit to Brasstown Bald offers cool mountain temperatures, beautiful scenery, hiking trails, gift shop and a terrific visitor center with a number of interactive exhibits and a movie about the site.

Brasstown Bald sign
Brasstown Bald visitor center
Brasstown Bald visitor center

The exhibits in the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center take you through the human and natural history of the Southern Appalachian region and the north Georgia mountains. Learn about the Cherokee Indians and early settlers and the impact they had on the land upon which they lived and earned their livelihoods.  A life-like robot of Ranger Arthur Woody, the first forester in the Blue Ridge Mountains, talks about the role the Forest Service played in the reforestation of the mountains in the early 1900s.

Brasstown Bald
Brasstown Bald

Climb up to cool down!  Brasstown Bald experiences weather conditions different from the rest of our region and after working up a sweat hiking the trail up to the top (or stay cool and take the shuttle), fog, mist, and storms can quickly and unexpectedly move in and obscure the view. But it’s these unique weather conditions that help to contribute to the variety of plants and wildlife found on the slopes of the mountain.  If you’d like the check on conditions at the top of Brasstown Bald before you head out, then check out the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest website where two webcams record the current weather and visibility at the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center. The elevation of Brasstown Bald also means that temperatures average 5-10 °F cooler than the surrounding areas (temperatures have never exceeded 84°F) and makes the bald a great place to visit during hot summer days.

Depending upon the season, a visit to the Bald will offer a beautiful display of rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and flame azaleas in bloom (May to June), or the intense shades of green that the surrounding national forest wears during summer, or the spectacular show of fall color as it spreads across the Blue Ridge Mountains (mid to late October).

Brasstown Bald Visitor Center is located on the summit of the Bald and is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.  A steep, paved ½ mile trail leads from the parking lot to the visitor information center on the Bald. For those who don’t want to walk, a concessionaire operates a shuttle bus from the parking areas to the Visitor Center for a fee. A U.S. Forest Service parking fee is also required. The Bald is generally open from April through December, however the gate at the bottom of Highway 180 Spur up to the Bald will close if conditions are unsafe for travel.

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