When I tell you that I like to climb the mountains in this area, they are not really mountains, although that is what they are called.
(Technically, they are monadnocks which happens to be a Native American word and that makes it just right, doesn't it?)
Our mountains in North Georgia are just over a two hour drive away from us and it is always exciting to come over this first hill and see the mountains on the horizon.
Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia. Although, there are some very high ridges nearby which are nearly as high but technically speaking, Brasstown Bald has the highest elevation (4786 feet) so it thereby earns this distinction. There is a bench at Brasstown Bald that has this sign:
Interested, I looked it up. It is a club that promotes the highest points in the USA and they have a link to a list which shows the highest elevation of the 50 states. I knew that for the USA, the highest would have to be in Alaska (Denali at 20,320 feet) and that the lowest (the lowest high point, if you will) would have to be in Florida! (Britton Hill, Florida at 345 feet!)
Now...here is my question for YOU...where is your HIGH POINT in your state or in your country? Do you know? And have you been there? And for my friends in the USA, here is a link, you may click on this - America's Roof and see the list of the highest spots in each state!
I know that Ben Nevis is the highest in Great Britain but is it higher than Brasstown Bald? Hmmm....let's see....
Highest point in Scotland (also highest in the UK) is Ben Nevis, at 4409 feet.
Highest point in Wales is Snowdon (3560 feet).
Highest point in England is Scafell Pike at 3208 feet.
Ben Nevis from Banavie. The summit is beyond and to the left of the apparent highest point.Highest pointElevation1,346 m (4,416 ft) Prominence1,346 m (4,416 ft)
Ranked 1st in British IslesParent peaknone – Highest peak on island ofGreat BritainListingMunro, Marilyn, Council top(Highland), County top (Inverness-shire), Country high pointCoordinates
NamingTranslationVenomous mountain or mountain with its head in the clouds (Scottish Gaelic)
"Mountain with its head in the clouds", can there be a more perfect name for a mountain?
Brasstown Bald...you might wonder at the name of this mountain in Georgia. It really comes from a misunderstanding you see...according to the Encyclopedia Britannica... "The name Brasstown probably derives from a misinterpretation of the Cherokee Indian name Itse’yi, meaning “green place,” which was confused with the name Untsai’yi, meaning “brass.”
By the way...
Stone Mountain -elevation 1,686 feet
Arabia Moutain - elevation 955 feet
Panola Mountain -elevation 946 feet.
Hey, these are just numbers! You could never guess how many happy hours I have spent on the three mountains I have listed above! (Not just climbing to the top but also in the deep woods around each mountain.)
Don't forget to tell me your high point and if you have been there!