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The two RV Gypsies at Brasstown Bald
2941 Hwy 180 Spur
in the Chattahoochee National Forest
Hiawassee, Georgia 30546
May 6, 2021

The name Hiawassee is derived from the Cherokee word Ayuhawsi, which means meadow. A variant spelling, Hiwassee is used for the local river and some other Appalachian place names. The town has a total area of 2.2 square miles of which 0.45 square miles is water. Hiawassee is about 2,000 feet above sea level.

(Above quote and location map shown below from,_Georgia)

USA map showing location of Georgia

Note: Brasstown Bald Tower may be closed in inclement weather at any given time.)

The two RV Gypsies went to Brasstown Bald on May 5th and found that the shuttle was not running on that date because it was in for repairs. They did not want to walk the hiking trail all the way up the mountain, so they took a couple of quick photos and decided to return the next day. There is a $5 charge per person age 16 and older. The two RV Gypsies have a Golden Senior pass which was usable. But there is also a $2 per person shuttle fee, that is not covered in the Golden Senior pass.

Brasstown Bald Tower on the mountain Brasstown Bald Tower on the mountain

History Book clipartBrasstown Bald is THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE U.S. STATE OF GEORGIA, located in the northeastern part of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains (which is part of the Appalachian Mountains) on the border between Towns County and Union County, south of the city of Hiawassee, near Blairsville. The peak is divided by the county line.

The mountain is known to the native Cherokee people as Itse'ya but has translated spellings of ENOTAH, and sometimes Echia, Echoee, and Etchowee. The name in English is derived from a mistaken translation of the term for the nearby Cherokee Village of Brasstown, located along the upper Brasstown Creek (named in English from the same error) feeding the Hiawassee River.

The term BALD is common terminology in the southern Appalachians describing mountain tops that have 360-degree unobstructed views.

Brasstown Bald Visitor center sign

The two RV Gypsies returned to Brasstown Bald the next day, and got much better photos than they would have on the previous day. Plus the shuttle was working, so they did not have to hike up the mountain trail. However, they did have to hike down the trail, because the shuttle stops at 5 p.m.

Brasstown Bald Tower Brasstown Bald Tower

The road up Brasstown Bald which is only used by the shuttle.

road up Brasstown Bald whichfor the shuttle Brasstown Bald sign

Below: Brasstown Bald Viewing Tower

Brasstown Bald Viewing Tower Brasstown Bald Viewing Tower

The upper viewing section shown below was not open on this date.

upper section Brasstown Bald Viewing Tower
Karen Duquette points to the viewing tower Brasstown Bald viewing tower

Below: The temperature at Brasstown Bald on this date.

The temperature at Brasstown Baldz

Lee Duquette took some nice panorama photos.

panorama photo

On a clear day, four states can be seen.

Karen Duquette at Brasstown Bald
Karen Duquette at Brasstown Bald
The American Flag at Brasstown Bald View East from the tower at Brasstown Bald
View East from the tower at Brasstown Bald View East from the tower at Brasstown Bald
panorama at Brasstown Bald

As the two RV Gypsies walked around the circular area shown below, they enjoyed the view from The East, West, North and South. There were arrows on the path below the fence so all visitors would walk in the same direction and keep distance from each other. But that did not really happen because many people do not look down at where they are walking. The two RV Gypsies had a fun laugh about this with a nice couple. However, there were not a lot of people here when the two RV Gypsies were here.

Circular walkway East view at Brasstown Bald
Gold Rush signage

Below: Brasstown Bald parking area and Lee noticed a car shining as it drove on the road. Great eyesight Lee. Once Lee Duquette saw the car, Karen barely had time to photograph it before it disappeared in the trees.

Brasstown Bald parking area Brasstown Bald parking area
Designated Wilderness sign
view from Brasstown Bald tower view from Brasstown Bald tower
view from Brasstown Bald tower view from Brasstown Bald tower
mountain and fire sign
West view at Brasstown Bald West view at Brasstown Bald
Appalachian Trail and mountains sign
Brasstown Bald Tower and USA Flag Lee Duquette at Brasstown Bald Tower
Karen Duquette at Brasstown Bald Tower Karen Duquette at Brasstown Bald Tower
Karen Duquette at Brasstown Bald Tower
Logan Turnpike and mountain labels sign
mountain divider bar

Below: Since it was after 5 p.m., the two RV Gypsies had to walk the trail down. It was amusing seeing all the young people getting so exhausted as they were walking up. That is why the two RV Gypsies did not walk up the trail when they were here on the previous day. Karen Duquette was not happy to see the Rattlesnake sign (as shown below) so she told Lee to always walk in front of her.

rattlesnake warning sign trees glowing in the sun
beginning of trail down Brasstown Bald trees
Forests to Faucets sign about water

Below: Near the bottom of the trail, there was a sign about The Wagon Train Trail and the actual Wagon Trail beginning.

sign about The Wagon Train Trail The Wagon Train Trail

Below: Inside the museum. The circular building is home to an 8,000 square foot museum featuring interactive cultural and natural history exhibits, films, and a gift shop.

Lee Duquette using his muscles
climax Logging Engine sign Train in the museum
Train in the museum Karen Duquette on the Train in the museum
Karen Duquette on the Train in the museum
fishing and canoe etchings

Below: Replica of Arthur Moody, a famous Forest Ranger. This amazing piece of art,talked, moved its eyes, mouth, head and arms. He was well worth listening to. The two RV Gypsies wonder if any relatives of his are still living. If so, they must be very proud of this display.

Arthur Moody, Forest Ranger bears
fox cougar

Below: Signs outside of the Gift Shop

sign-size and beavers 6-foot distance of black bear
sign about wingspan of a bald eagle bird

look below

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