Brasstown Bald, GA (4,783') via Jacks Knob Trail (State High Point #8) July, 2009 (REVISITED in 2019).
Distance: 6 mile RT
Elevation gain: 1,780'
Trailhead: From Atlanta, take route 19 North to GA 180 eastward to the 180 spur. The trail crosses GA 180 at Jack's Gap, near the 180 spur.
NOTE: This highpoint is a "drive up" as well. The fee is $5 per person and the summit is a .6 mile walk up a paved path.
Hiked with Rich. This portion of the Jacks Knob trail hike starts where it crosses the road just below the Brasstown Bald access road, running parallel to the access road (we did not hike the entire trail - just enough to feel we hiked to Brasstown Bald). There are switchbacks up the hill toward the parking lot.
|The monument in the distance.|
Eventually the hill plateaus and for a short while we'd thought we lost the trail. We could see the parking lot and the monument. We went left, found the trail and wound up at the far corner of the large parking lot.
|The trail spills you out on the upper right corner of the parking lot.|
We had to cross the lot to get to the entrance to the monument. We walked along the paved sidewalk up to the building.
|The tower of the structure.|
The USGS marker is on the stairs in a locked section of the tower. I asked to see it and a ranger opened the section for me.
It was a gray day so we took in the view for a minute and headed back down toward the parking lot to hop back on the trail.