Brasstown Bald Wilderness Area

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The Brasstown Bald and Wilderness Area are located in the heart of North Georgia’s mountainous Chattahoochee National Forest. Brasstown Bald is the highest and most accessible mountain summit in North Georgia, and is considered by many to be a virtual stairway to the heavens for visitors exploring the high country. The mountain summit is 4,784-feet above sea level, offering breathtaking vistas that reach into the mountainous country of four surrounding states within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. The four states are parts of North Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. What’s exceptional about this mountaintop site is that it is accessible by a paved roadway to the parking area just below the summit.

From the Visitor's Center , access to the summit is by way of the Summit Trail, a fairly steep half-mile blacktop trail, which follows through a bald thicket containing Mountain Laurels, Rhododendrons, seasonal wildflowers and dwarfed trees. Also conveniently located near the summit’s trailhead next to the Visitor's Center and Gift Shop, is a shuttle passenger van that will take visitors to the top viewing area and return trip for a modest fee. Shuttle services are available daily from Memorial Day to the end of October.

Located along Union County’s eastern border and surrounded by the 12,975-acres of Brasstown Bald Wilderness is Brasstown Bald, considered the crown jewel of North Georgia’s mountaintops. Balds exist mainly on the tallest mountaintops of the Blue Ridge-Smoky Mountains region, and are mostly void of any sizable trees. These balds are normally covered in low shrubs, dwarf trees or tall grasses and are considered a mystery in their making. Both geologist studies and Cherokee folklore have their own separate ideas regarding the characteristics of balds and how they were formed.

On a clear day from its circular 360-degree stone observation deck at the mountain summit, Brasstown Bald Towervisitors can gaze upon Georgia’s neighboring mountains along with Lake Nottely and Lake Chatuge in the valley lands below. Standing watch over the observation deck is an old circular wooden fire-lookout-tower that adds a personal sense of character to the balds’ summit; this structure is closed to the public.

Brasstown Bald MuseumAlso located along the observation deck is a must see museum with excellent exhibits displaying the lives of early settlers, a narrow gage locomotive, plaques of Native American cultural legends and myths, plus displays of local wildlife. There is also a small theater featuring a film of the natural geological history of this mountainous region.

Other features located near the Visitor's Center are three additional hiking trails plus a nearby boulder field that surrounds most of the bald. The boulder field is accessible from the Wagon Train Trail. Also located on the mountaintop are a flourishing amount of natural Mountain Laurels and Rhododendrons that are native to these mountains.

Festivities on Brasstown BaldOn occasions, the Visitor's Center hosts special events that are quite an experience to enjoy since these festivities take place on an actual mountaintop. Information for these past and future events may be obtained at the local Forest Ranger District Office in Blairsville.

Brasstown Bald and Wilderness Area in Union County Georgia is an outdoor experience that says it all; it is magnificent, indescribable and awe-inspiring.

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Blairsville Union County

Each Season Something New Each season there’s something new in Blairsville-Union County! Spring and summer outdoor lovers will hike endless trails, see breathtaking views atop Brasstown Bald, visit rushing waterfalls, and relax on serene Lake Nottely. Delight in the explosion of autumn leaf color or cuddle up in a cozy winter cabin.

Vacation Cabin Rental Property Management


Whether you purchased your mountain home as an occasional getaway, an investment, or the destination of your future retirement, we realize the importance that it be respected as your home first and foremost.

It is our objective to provide you with both quality property management as well as a rental program to help offset some of the expense of owning a 2nd home. Through the combined knowledge of all of us at Great Mountain Cabin Rentals, we have the expertise to help you understand and create a Great Mountain Cabin Rental.


Luxury Cabin Rentals

My Cozy Cabin Rental

Pet Friendly - My Cozy Cabin is a wonderful 2-bedroom, 1-bath cabin located in Blairsville Georgia. This cabin has easy access from Hwy 515, yet has privacy with a great yard to play in. Bring your fishing gear and see what you can find in the pond. This cabin has plenty of decks great for outdoor entertaining. A fire pit beside the house offers the opportunity for great campfire stories and smore roasting. Wake up in the Master Bedroom, open the balcony doors to the fresh mountain air. What a great way to wake up to the mountains. This cabin is equipped with tons of family friendly movies to keep the kids entertained.

Enchanted Mountain Retreats

We pride ourselves with excellent customer service. We treat each guest as an individual and address your needs specifically so that we can tailor a perfect vacation package just for you and your family. We take care to choose the best cabins available to insure that your stay with Enchanted Mountain Retreats is a great mountain experience. Rest assured that you will find your cabin clean and in good repair, we also empty, sanitize and refill our hot tubs between each rental. Our standards are high and that benefits you, we check your cabin before you check in the make sure it is ready for your arrival.

Real Estate

Tim Noland, Realtor - Buyer's Agent

When looking to buy mountain property, you need someone that not only understands the mountains, you need someone that specifically represents you, the buyer. When you choose to work with a Buyer's Agent you are assured that you have an agent that is truly looking for your best interests, someone that will not only find what you are looking for, but someone that will negotiate the best price possible.

ERA Carolina Mountain Homes in Murphy North Carolina

Based in Murphy NC and serving highly satisfied customers since 1978, ERA Carolina Mountain Homes is a full service real estate office ready to serve YOUR needs. We cover five mountain region counties in NC and GA - the Murphy, Andrews, Brasstown and Hayesville NC areas; and the Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Young Harris/Hiawassee areas. Go directly to our Web Site to view available properties.

Residential and Commercial Builder

Tighe White Construction, Residential and Commercial Builder

Over the years, Tighe White Construction has developed an excellent reputation in the North Georgia and Western North Carolina mountains, for their attention to details, caring customer service and high level of workmanship. Tighe uses cutting-edge CAD software to quickly and efficiently design your new construction. This allows our clients to preview realistic 3-D views of the exterior and interior of their new construction, so that you can visualize the finished look and feel, long before we break ground.

Outdoor Adventure

Whitewater Rafting

The Ocoee River is often described as the roller coaster of the southeast. Come experience what has been called the greatest whitewater center in the world.


Professional river outfitter with over 30 years experience. Our safety record is unsurpassed in the industry. We believe our staff is simply the best in the business. Guides are chosen for their character and enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with you.

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Adventure Camp on the Ocoee & Nantahala Rivers


White Water Rafting on the Ocoee and Nantahala Rivers • Horseback Riding • High and Low Ropes Course • Giant Swing • Caving • Paint ball • Mountain Biking • Camping & Cabin Rentals

Catch the surge and ride the rapids on the exciting Ocoee River in Tennessee or North Carolina's Nantahala River for an experience you won't forget. Challenge your skills on the high ropes just for the thrill. Sit tall in the saddle for a leisure ride through the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Camp out or stay in log cabins while letting the kids sleep in groups in one of several bunkhouse's. We will help you create a custom retreat for you or your group.

Canopy Tours on the Nantahala Gorge, Chattooga Ridge and Pigeon River

Zip Line Canopy Tours
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Nantahala Gorge • Chattooga Ridge • Pigeon River

Whichever course you choose you are sure to enjoy the newest outdoor adventure to hit the US. All our courses offer a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual drop in elevation. All trips offer fully guided tours with 2 or more Rangers on at least 10 zips, 4 bridges beginning with a training course at each location.

Guided Fishing Trips on the Nottley River and Lake Nottley

Fishing Trips in the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Great mountain adventures is offering the "Best Fishing" available in the Mountains. We create a fishing trip, designed specifically towards your needs with a professional fishing guide to guide you to make the most of your fishing adventure on the Finest Lakes, Rivers and Streams in the Southern Appalachians! Trout Treks • Bass Fishing • Wade Trips • Pan Fishing • Fly Fishing Instruction • Private Trophy Trout Waters • Drift Boat Trips. So much water to choose from and an adventure you'll never for more information.

Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater

There is nothing like the energy you feel when attending a live performance and we are here to help you experience that feeling. Blue Ridge Community Theater's mission is to enrich the cultural life of residents and visitors through performances, productions and education of all aspects of contemporary and classic theater.

Farmer's Market

Union County Farmer's Market in Blairsville GA

The Union County Farmer's Market has over 60 covered vendor spaces in our outdoor setting. The facility located at 148 Old Smokey Road off of Weaver Road is home to a variety of events and festivals outside of the seasonal market. Those events include a ramp festival, strawberry jubilee, trash to treasures sale, relay for life event, and an outdoor business expo.