June 17, 2008
|Today's hike was on the Jack's Knob Trail up to the summit of Brasstown Bald (Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 ft.) On clear days, the spectacular 360-degree view from atop the mountain allows you to see four states, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Today was mostly clear with great views!|
Hiking distance approximately 7 miles round trip.
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Thomas Bowers, Russell Burken, Greta Driggers, Pam Euliss, Jack Jacobi, Deena Johns, Dick Metzgar, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Peter Muir, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Lynne Saporito, Pom Sinnock, Faye Sisson, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Jack's Knob Trail is a steep climb from the intersection of Highway 180 and Alt. 180 up to the parking lot of Brasstown Bald. From the parking lot there is a .6 mile asphalt trail up to the summit to the Brasstown Bald Visitors Center which has a nice interpretive center with great observation deck for the awesome 360 degree views.
Directions: Drive North from Helen on Hwy 75 past Unicoi Gap and continue down the other side of the mountain and continue to the intersection of Hwy 180. Turn left on Hwy. 180 and drive to the Hwy. "alt 180" intersection on the right (stop here). There is a parking lot at this intersection for access to the Jack's Knob Trail.
Another great day for a hike! Mostly fair and mild! Temperatures ranged from 67 to 82 F.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: New Jersey Tea, Mountain Hydrangea, Tall Bluets, Ox-eye Daisy, Heal All, Yellow Star Grass, Lizards Tail, Galax, Mountain Laurel, Flame Azalea, Rosebay Rhododendrun, Cow Wheat, Pipsissawa, Indian Physic, Sundrop,Spiderwort, Hop Clover Yellow Wood Sorrel, Meadow Rue, Hawkweed, Rattlesnake Weed, Common Ragwort and Squawroot.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Oven Bird, Summer Tananger, Red Eyed Vireo, Nuthatch, Hooded Warbler, Crow, Titmouse, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Blue Jay, Pine Warbler, Scarlet Tananger, Chipping Sparrow, Red Start, Veery, Wood Thrush, Catbird, Chickadee, Black Vulture, Junco, Chimney Swift, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Wild Turkey.
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Sign at the intersection of Hwy 180 & alt 180.
Another great day for a hike!
Swallowtail Butterfly enjoying the beautiful Flame Azalea.
Entering the upper end of the Brasstown Bald parking lot from the Jack's Knob Trail.
Looking up to the visitor's center. .
Approaching the top!
Looking down from the observation deck.
Mountains and lakes!
Awesome views in every direction!
Lunchtime on the observation deck.
Rosebay Rhododendron with Skipper Butterfly.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) Pom Sinnock, Lynne Saporito, Wanda Miller and Geri Whitaker. (l-r standing)Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Thomas Bowers, Greta Driggers, Bob Thompson, Deena Johns, Carole Wintle, David Whitaker, Pam Euliss, Dan Ross, Faye Sisson, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Vic Robson, Russell Burken, Wayne Miller and Peter Muir.