From the parking area, there is paved trail that extends .6 miles to the top of the mountain. It’s a strenuous hike with a steep, but manageable rise along the trail. There are several stops along with way with seats and informative markers to catch your breath before you reach the summit. For those who have physical challenges, there is another option to visit the top. For a few dollars, a van is provided to take you to the Observation Deck and back.
If you are up for the hike, the walk along the trail is something to see. Although this was a winter day, the trail was boarded by an abundance of wild mountain laurel and rhododendron. With the elevations, these will flower in the late summer and should offer an amazing walk along the trail. Even without the blooms, the views were great with teases along way where you can see the rising mountain peaks surrounding the bald.
The Interpretative Center and Observation Deck
We made it to the top. Wow, this is something to see! We stopped first to see a short movie about the ecology of the mountain. Then off to the Interpretative Center to see displays and take in some of the history about the area and surrounding mountains. Then up the steps to the observation deck.
The views from the deck are amazing. One this clear day, we could see the mountains surrounding Georgia along with the southern peaks of Tennessee and North Carolina, and northwestern peaks of South Carolina. No clouds, little haze and you could see for miles. Looking south, you can see the mountain peaks that support the Appalachian Trail from Amicalola State Park, past Springer Mountain and on. If you follow the blog, you know what’s coming next….that right “it was some kinda pretty”!
Bottom of the Trail
The walk back down the trail is a breeze. Compared to the assent, it took minutes. Next to the parking lot is a small gift shop with basics for the hike, refreshments, and a few mementos to remember the hike. A friendly staff is available to address questions about the area and the trail.
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