Owned by the US Forest Service, and located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, the Brasstown Bald Recreation Area & Visitor Center is the highest point in Georgia, rising 4,784 feet above sea level. On the Bald you will find picnic areas with great views; a general store with locally made products; three trailheads just off of the parking lot, a mountaintop natural science & history museum, a theater which plays a short video every half-hour, and an observation deck which offers a spectacular 360° view of the surrounding area, including four states (GA, TN, NC, & SC).
As the highest point in Georgia. Brasstown Bald will definitely get you the closest to the stars. But it’s also a perfect spot for star gazing due to it being away from most of the “major” North Georgia cities. It sort of sits in a dark triangle between Clayton, Helen, and Hiawassee. While they close the visitor center every night, the parking lot is wide open and they turn off the lights making it a great spot that you can drive to – meaning minimal effort for maximum reward.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!