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Catch The Fall Colors At The Top Of Brasstown Bald - The Highest Point In Georgia! Arkaquah Trek To Brasstown Bald - 360 Degree Observation

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Track Rock Gap   Hike: Catch The Fall Colors At The Top Of Brasstown Bald - The Highest Point In Georgia!  Arkaquah Trek To Brasstown Bald - 360 Degree Observation   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 22 2022  8:00 am >> Sat, Oct 22 2022 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Sep 23 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 22 2022 8:15 am
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:9
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



OCTOBER 22, 2022

Catch the Fall colors at the top of Brasstown Bald - the highest point in Georgia!

You will be treated with a 360 degree view of the colorful trees dotting the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding areas!

 What to Expect on Your Epic Fall Summit Hike to Brasstown Bald (



For new members and/or members without recent AOC D5 hiking related experience, trip leader(s) approval is required to partipate in this event. Please email the trip leader(s) explaining your recent hiking related experience & history. You may be moved to the waiting list until we hear back from you and approve you for the hike.

The Arkaquah Trail hike is widely regarded to be one of the most popular, fun, challenging, and scenic in Georgia. Looking north from the overlooks, you can see Standing Indian Mountain and even parts of the Smokies as well.  This is a 12-mile hike with some ups and downs, and fantastic views - lots of photo opportunities throughout the trail!

We start at Track Rock Gap, at 2,280 feet. The trail climbs 6.1 miles to 4,784 feet at the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia. We return back down the same trail.

This trail is notorious for its long steep initial climb to gain the ridge crest - plan to sweat a bit and wish you had that extra cup of Starbucks coffee and fat free pastry before starting this adventure. The first 2 miles have an elevation gain of 2,200 feet - this is where you wish there was an escalator taking you to the top. From there, we will follow the rolling ridge line as it clears 4 mountains ranging from 3,600 to 4,300 feet.  We will be cruising and feeling great at this time!

Once we arrive at the parking lot at the top, we will take the half mile paved tourist trail to the summit (There's a store and restrooms here if you need a quick break or snack).   There is a museum and a 360-degree observation deck on very top.  If it is clear, we will be able to see four states and reflect on nature and life.  Definitely plan to take some pictures  (Why not - you earned it!).

We will have lunch at the summit to re-energize for the hike back to the trailhead.

Please Note 

Be courteous to other members on the waiting list - if you're not able to attend the event afterall, please don't wait to drop the day before or morning of the hike. Try to give as much notice as possible so other members can make their plans to attend the hike.

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Required Items to Bring:
  • 2-3 Liters of Water or sports drink
  • Trail Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Clothing appropriate to weather
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Change of clothes/socks/shoes for ride home
  • Hiking poles
  • Wind breaker for top
  • Blister kit is always helpful

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Go north on Georgia 400 to Dahlonega. Continue on US Hwy 19 North past Voget State Park, then take a right on State Road 180 East. Stay on 180 for 2.4 miles, turn left at Town Creek School Rd and after 2 miles turn right on Trackrock Church Rd. Take another right onto Trackrock Gap Rd. The parking lot at the trailhead is on the left.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.