But if you down-climb to the road and hike back-up... it still counts!
Attempted the Arkaquah Trail late in the afternoon after high pointing in Mississippi and Alabama earlier that same day. I had hoped to reach Brasstown Bald before sundown and hike back in the dark. It didn't work out. I crested a mountain with the sun already set and the overlook tower was still a mountain away. I turned around. Being pressed for time, I ended up high pointing the next day from the parking lot.
I did this hike at around 10 am. and it was 21 degrees. That's not including the windchill. There was snow on top and also a great view!
Visited the folks in Douglasville during Thankgiving and couldn't resist the urge to knock out a quick high pointer, not to mention getting away from the chaotic family get together. I took my brother, out of shape, but he enjoyed the hike from the parking lot. We caught the sunset and gorgeous views over looking ranges all the way to the horizon.
My Dad lived in Atlanta, GA. I was working in KY and drove down for his funeral. I climbed this on my drive back in his memory. I don't know if he had ever gone here or not, but this day he went to the top with me.
Went up the easy way from the parking lot. Nice little trail. The weather wasn't bad either. Great view from the observation deck. Really one of the best views in GA. But I guess I should expect that with the parking fee and the enormous development of the summit area. Still, I guess I had to come here at least once, being an 18 year resident of GA.
Got there after the tower was closed but we hiked up to the observation deck. Really great views and a nice Highpoint. Very pretty country around there. Almost hit a bear in the road leaving the place too.
I opted to hike up and down from the summit. The views from the observation deck were spectacular, and the interpretive center (exhibits) had a lot of resourceful information. I would not mind visiting this HP again sometime in the future.
This was my sixth and final State Highpoint reached during Memorial Day weekend, and State Highpoint #38 for me overall.
We hiked up Jack's Knob trail - pretty tough "moderate" hike - felt like we'd earned it when we reached the top. Some cars and people up at the summit, but Jack's Knob trail was just us. Low clouds had the summit socked in. HP #15.
Camped out there. Nice area.
Went to the top as part of a solo backpacking trip. Decent views for Georgia. Bit of a bummer coming to the parking lot after five miles of solitude however.
I'm having terrible luck with highpoints. Another completely foggy view, but the hike up was great. The summit area was really well done, too. I just wish I could have seen further than 30 feet.
Great view from the summit. Love this area of N. Georgia.
Hit the summit w/ my wife and little girl. We had a blast! Very windy that day ... making it quite chilly ... but fun. Beautiful views to the North. We stopped by a nice winery on the way home in Young Harris (Crane Creek).
Very nice highpoint! Beautiful view, and very well maintained!
Made the summit with my family. Very nice at the top. I asked a Ranger about the USGS marker and was shown where it was (hidden). After taking a picture of the marker and watching a short movie at the visitors center, made my way down. Very nice at the top.
A pleasant stroll up the mountain. That is until one of the largest parking lots I've ever seen in my whole life. You would think it was a mall and not a mountain.
I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 3 yrs old) did this as part of our second family HP trip. We took the easy way here!
Nice weather for this. My brother in law was nice enough to take us there. He is from Atlanta and strangely and never been to his state's highpoint as well.
This one is my favorite HP in the South. I like the hike in Virginia more, but this place was just fun. The markers, the tower, the view--I liked it all. On a clear day, you can see the skyscrapers of Atlanta.