Russell – Brasstown Scenic Byway

Blue Ridge mountains from the scenic overlook. Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in the distance.


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.

Brasstown Bald_2016 Jul 31_0025-Edit.jpgThis 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

3-shot panorama
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f/10 – 1/400 sec – ISO 400

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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