An Exhilarating Hike in North Georgia!

For many, a retreat to the scenic North Georgia Mountains is an opportunity to enjoy an immersive getaway surrounded by the sights and sounds of Mother Nature and away from the harried pace of our everyday world. There are plenty of fantastic things to do in North Georgia that fit the bill, too, including hiking to epic views like those at the top of the Brasstown Bald Trail. 

The North Georgia Mountains offer an exquisite backdrop for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, with undulating terrains and challenging hikes rich with biodiversity. Whether to the peak of the Brasstown Bald Trail or a more casual waterfall hike, an adventure through the North Georgia Mountains is both challenging and rewarding. The Brasstown Bald is a notable hike worth taking, offering panoramic views that will captivate and inspire. After all, the trail leads you to the peak of Georgia’s tallest mountain, a vantage point that offers awe-inspiring views of Georgia’s rugged peaks and verdant valleys. 

As fabled as it is, the Brasstown Bald Trail is just one of the many great hikes waiting for you near our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast. Whether you work up a sweat on the trails, sip your way from one winery to the next, or explore the charming mountain towns around us, there are many fantastic things to do in North Georgia this summer. Enjoy all this and more when you stay at one of the most romantic getaways in North Georgia, Glen-Ella Springs.

Our historic Inn offers a fantastic range of accommodations, exceptional Southern hospitality, a beautiful private oasis, and one of the finest places to eat in Georgia. It’s truly the perfect home base for all your adventures in this scenic part of the state. Book your getaway today! 

The observatory at the top of Brasstown Bald, one of the best places for hiking in North Georgia

Hike to the Top of Brasstown Bald in Georgia

From the plunging depths of Tallulah Gorge State Park to the towering peaks of the Brasstown Bald Trail, you can expect one epic adventure after another. But as adventurous as it can be in the North Georgia Mountains, you can also find plenty of time and space to carve out a quieter, more tranquil respite away from busy crowds and loud noise. Whether you’re checking these big adventures off your bucket list or seeking quiet respite, we can’t wait to share the best of North Georgia with you this summer, starting with the Brasstown Bald. 

Brasstown Bald, the pinnacle of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, marks the state’s highest point at 4,784 feet. The Brasstown Bald Trail, near Hiawassee, attracts hikers from across the region, each drawn by its exceptional views and the rewarding experience of reaching Georgia’s apex. To reach the summit, you’ll follow the challenging Brasstown Bald Trail. It’s a short hike, at just over 1/2 mile, but don’t let the length fool you. It’s steep, and the brisk pace of the ascent makes it an endurance-challenging trek. The elevation gain in that short distance is around 500 feet, but the view at the top of the Brasstown Bald Trail is well worth the effort. If you aren’t sure you’re up to the steep climb, a shuttle service will take you to the top so you can still soak in the views. 

At the summit, hikers are rewarded with a 360-degree vista that is truly unparalleled. On clear days, the view extends over four states, offering a breathtaking perspective on the vast expanse of the Southern Appalachians. You can sometimes even see the skyline of Atlanta from here. The observation deck at the top provides the perfect vantage point to soak in these views, with informative placards that help visitors identify various peaks and landmarks in the distance. Along the trail, hikers are treated to a variety of flora and fauna native to the region, with the changing seasons offering a dynamic backdrop that evolves from the lush greens of summer to the vibrant hues of autumn.

The Brasstown Bald Trail is the highlight of any visit here, but it’s not the only hike you can take. There are other trails that leave from the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center, including the 5-5-mile Arkaquah Foot Trail that ends at Track Rock Gap, the 4-5mile Jacks Knob Foot Trail that leads to the Appalachian Trail (and even more hiking!), and the 5.8-mile Wagon Train Foot Trail that ends at Young Harris College. Whether you’re an avid hiker seeking the thrill of a challenging climb or simply a nature lover searching for stunning views, Brasstown Bald is a great place to enjoy hiking. 

Amicalola Falls State Park is another great spot to enjoy some hiking in North Georgia

More Fantastic Hiking in North Georgia

The Brasstown Bald Visitor Center is a little over an hour from us and will take you into the heart of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Though this is an excellent place to spend an afternoon hiking, there are plenty more great hiking trails in North Georgia. 

The North Georgia mountains are covered in hiking trails, many of which cater to all levels of hiking experience and offer exquisite natural beauty. From cascading waterfalls to breathtaking vistas, we hope you take the time to enjoy even more hiking in North Georgia. We’ve listed more of our favorite hikes below. 

  1. One of the best places to hike near our North Georgia Inn is Tallulah Gorge State Park. Popular trails include the Stoneplace Trail, the North Rim Trail, and the Gorge Floor Trail. 
  2. If you’re looking for great waterfall hikes in North Georgia, there are plenty to choose from! One of our favorites is Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park
  3. Another nearby hiking trail in North Georgia that we encourage guests to take is the Yonah Mountain Trail. The trail is approximately 4.6 miles long and leads to more gorgeous mountain-top views at the top of Mount Yonah. 
  4. Of course, don’t miss the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, segments that aren’t too far from our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast. Whether you’re setting out on a journey hiking this trail end to end or just exploring segments of it, there’s a reason this is one of the most awe-inspiring hiking trails in the country. 
  5. Head to Black Rock Mountain State Park, which offers a series of high-elevation hikes for both advanced and beginner hikers. Popular trails include the James E. Edmonds Trail, the Ada-Hi Falls Trail, and the Black Rock Lake Trail. 

Each of these hikes showcases the diverse beauty of the North Georgia Mountains, from lush forests and mountain summits to stunning waterfalls and deep gorges. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, the region offers many fantastic hiking options. Peak adventure season is here, and it’s time you come to enjoy it. Book your room at our North Georgia getaway today!