Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway

Department Of Transportation.

Surrounded by the beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the byway winds through the valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians. From the vistas atop Brasstown Bald to the cooling mists of waterfalls, scenic wonders fill this region. Hike the Appalachian Trail or fish in a cool mountain stream.


Directions

Getting to the Byway:

Atlanta International Airport, GA
From Atlanta Airport, head northeast on I-85 N. Take exit 87 to merge onto GA-400 N. Continue on GA-400 N/US-19 N. Continue onto Copper Creek Dr. Turn right onto GA-52 E/State Route 52 S. Continue onto GA-115 N/ Cleveland Hwy/Dahlonega Hwy. Turn left onto Wilford Ash SR Parkway. Continue on GA-75 N. Continue until you have reached GA-17 N/GA-75 N/Unicoi Turnpike and you are now on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway.

Atlanta International Airport, GA
* Head west on S. Terminal Pkwy. * Slight right toward Airport Blvd. * Continue straight on Airport Blvd. * Take the I-85/Camp Creek Pkwy Ramp toward Atlanta. * Keep left at the fork and follow the signs to I-85 N. * Slight left at I-985 N. * Take exit 24 for US-29 toward Gainesville. * Turn left at GA-11/Jesse Jewell Pkwy. * Turn right at Limestone Pkwy. * Slight right at Cleveland Pkwy. * Turn right at GA-75. * End just north of Robertstown, on the byway.

Atlanta, GA
From Atlanta Airport, head northeast on I-85 N. Take exit 87 to merge onto GA-400 N. Continue on GA-400 N/US-19 N. Continue onto Copper Creek Dr. Turn right onto GA-52 E/State Route 52 S. Continue onto GA-115 N/ Cleveland Hwy/Dahlonega Hwy. Turn left onto Wilford Ash SR Parkway. Continue on GA-75 N. Continue until you have reached GA-17 N/GA-75 N/Unicoi Turnpike and you are now on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway.

Atlanta, GA

Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area, GA
From Anna Ruby Falls head south on Anna Ruby Falls Rd. Turn right to stay on road. Continue to GA-356 W then turn right onto GA-17 N/GA-75 N/Unicoi Turnpike and continue north to stay on the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Highway.

Unicoi State Park, GA
From the Unicoi State Park and Lodge head west on GA-356 W. Turn right onto GA-17 N/GA-75 N/Unicoi Turnpike. Once you have reached the intersection of Clayton Road and the Unicoi Turnpike, you are on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway.

Navigating the Byway:
* The Russel-Brasstown National Scenic Byway starts northwest of Helen, Georgia, at the junction of SR 75 and the Unicoi Turnpike. * Drive northwest at the Unicoi turnpike to SR 180. * Head west to GA 180 and from here, take a short detour to the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center by driving north on GA 180 to the end of the road. * After enjoying the visitor center, head back to the junction of SR 180 and GA 180. * Continue south to Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. * Head south to GA 75 then drive north, back to the Unicoi Turnpike.

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