Brasstown Bald Wagon Train trails

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Brasstown Bald Wagon Train trail

Originally constructed as a portion of Georgia Route 66, this road was built in the 1950's by convict labor. For years, dozens of local families formed a wagon train and traveled the seven winding miles from the town of Young Harris to camp and socialize on the Bald. The road, now only open to hikers and horses leads into Brasstown wilderness.

The Brasstown Bald parking lot is the upper elevation entrance to this trail. To find the entrance, go between the bookstore and the concession stand located in the parking area. Take the paved trail and turn right (east) onto a dirt road.It is a moderate, 5-7 mile walk with fine views. Near the summit, the trail passes remarkable cliffs and boulder fields where rock tripe, lichens, reindeer moss, old-man's beard, and club moss flourish. In early spring, silverbell, serviceberry, mountain buttercups, white saxifrage, toothwort, cinquefoil, bluets, highbush and low-bush blueberries, white and purple violets, solomon's seal and plume, pussytoes, and four varieties of trillium can be seen blooming along the trail. The trail ends at private property 2 miles south of Young Harris.