Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Highpoint of Georgia: Brasstown Bald

After our hike up Mount Cammerer, Noelle and I got back in the old Civic and headed southwest to the Jackrabbit Campground where we spent the night. We woke up this morning, packed up the tent and headed south to Brasstown Bald. We parked at the junction of GA 180 and GA 180 Spur. Then we hit the trail, hiking up Jack's Knob Trail to the most enormous parking lot I've ever seen on a mountain. You could have parked probably 3,000 cars up there. From the parking lot, it was another .6 miles to the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the state of Georgia.
Eric at Brasstown Bald
Highest Drink in GA
There's a really nice visitor's center up there so we spent some time browsing and checking out the view. Then it was back down to the car and a drive east to our next campsite in preparation for our hike up Sassafrass Mountain the following day. Along our drive we were treated to some unexpectedly nice distractions including some great waterfalls at Glen Falls
Falls
and the highest waterfall in the east, 411 foot tall Whitewater Falls.
Noelle Whitewater Falls
Finally we made it into South Carolina where we camped at a nice little state park for the night.    

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