Another first for us in our weekend trip to Brasstown Bald, was taking the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway to go from Blairsville to Helen. Also known as Georgia 348, this road runs 38 miles from Helen to Brasstown Bald. It winds through the Chattahoochee National Forest and the highest of the North Georgia mountains and offers a number of beautiful scenic overlooks along the way.
This is a spectacular way to drive up to Brasstown Bald and experience the Blue Ridge mountains that are so near to the Atlanta area. It also has a crossing over the Appalachian Trail just south of the spot where the image above was taken. Be aware that this is a windy and sometimes steep drive. For those who love mountain roads, it is great. If you’re prone to car-sickness, maybe you should pick another route.
Blue Ridge vista from Scenic overview
Russell – Brasstown Scenic Byway
Hogpen Gap, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f/10 – 1/400 sec – ISO 400