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Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Highway

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Blue Ridge Mountain View - Brasstown Bald Visitor Center, Blairsville, Georgia

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   North Georgia's Mountain Region, no longer a well-kept secret, has become a tempting vacation Union County Courthouse - Blairsville, Georgia retreat for southern vacationers and those who long for the mountains. Here, whitewater rafting, mountain cabins, canoe trips, mountain lakes and trout fishing draw in a steady stream of visitors. Within a day's drive from four Gulf Coast states, the Blue Ridge Mountains have become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the South.
   Pictured here is a Blue Ridge Mountain view from the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald. The Russell-Brasstown Brasstown Bald Lookout - Blairsville, GA National Scenic Highway, one of the state's many scenic highways and byways, is a great way to experience the southernmost section of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The byway wraps around this mountainous region, encircling the Brasstown Wilderness Area. Located within the Chattahoochee National Forest, this 40 mile byway reveals some of northern Georgia's most rugged and dramatic mountain scenery. The Russell-Brasstown route follows three separate Georgia highways, including Route 348, 180 and 17/75, and leads to a dozen scenic landmarks. Helton Creek Falls - Helen, Georgia
   This area is also famous for Appalachian Trail hiking, a half dozen major waterfalls, and the Bavarian town of Helen. When late October arrives, national forest sightseers are treated to a kaleidoscope of dazzling autumn colors.
   The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway was first recognized by the National Forest Service in 1989, attracting the attention of Georgia State Scenic Byway planners in 1992. The byway was then elevated to its official national byway status in 2000. Winding through the valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians, the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Highway will take about three hours to drive, but much more time to thoroughly explore its scenic wonders.

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