Brasstown Bald is a recreation area and visitor center at the highest point within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, about 102 miles (164 km) northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. While this is not a designated stargazing area, the center is accessible by the public year-round and offers a cloud level observation deck with stunning 360-degree views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and valleys, and wide open skies suitable for gazing. Please note, however, that the center is only open to visitors between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., although there are campsites, picnic areas, and trailheads on the mountain leading up to the parking lot, which one EarthSky reader says makes “it a great spot that you can drive to — minimal effort for maximum reward.” For more information, please visit online or call Visitor Information at 706-896-2556.
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