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Quick Facts
Designation: Georgia State Scenic Byway
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: No fees are required to drive the byway.
Length, One-Way: 40 Miles (66.67 Kilometers)
Time: 3 Hours


General Information

Description - Surrounded by the scenic and natural beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway winds its way through the fertile valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians. From the breathtaking vistas found atop Brasstown Bald (Georgia's tallest mountain) to the cooling mists of the byway's numerous waterfalls, scenic wonders abound in this region of North Georgia. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend days enjoying the area's many recreational opportunities, such as trout fishing in cool mountain streams and hiking along the Appalachian Trail. The National Forest setting also provides a protected habitat for hundreds of native plant and animal species. It is also an ideal destination for viewing spectacular fall color. With its scenic natural landscapes and wonderful recreational activities, the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway is a popular destination for a mountain getaway.

Attractions - The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway is known for it's Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Climate - The climate of the north Georgia mountains is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year; there are no wet or dry seasons.

Location - This byway is located in northern Georgia, in the Highlands Region.

Directions from : There are several routes along this byway.

  • From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to I-985, then take I-985 north to SR 384. Go north on SR 384 until you reach SR 75, and head north along SR 75 through Helen. The byway begins at a junction with SR 75 Alternate.

  • From Gainesville: Take SR 11/US 129 north from Gainesville to SR 75 in Cleveland. Then travel north on SR 75 through Helen. The byway begins at a junction with SR 75 Alternate.

  • From Toccoa: Take SR 17 west from Toccoa to a junction with SR 75 near Helen. Then take SR 17/75 north through Helen. The byway begins at a junction with SR 75 Alternate.

  • From Dahlonega: Take U.S. 19 north to a junction with SR 180 at the right. Then take SR 180 east to SR 348. he byway begins at a junction of SR 180 and SR 348.

  • From Clayton: Take U.S. 76 west to SR 17/75. Then take SR 17/75 south to a junction with SR 180. The byway begins at a junction of SR 17/75 and SR 180.

  • From Hiawassee: Take SR 17/75 south to a junction with SR 180. The byway begins at a junction of SR 17/75 and SR 180.


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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Scenic Driving Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway
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ICON Viewing Scenery Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway
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Additional Information:
Georgia Scenic Byways - Georgia offers one National Scenic Byways, the Tamiami Trail Scenic Byway, and seven state designated scenic byways.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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