Wagon Train Trail is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hiawassee, GA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Blairsville: Take US 19 and 129 south from Blairsville for 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Georgia 180. Go 8 miles and turn left (north) onto Georgia 180 Spur and follow it 3 miles to Brasstown Bald Visitor Center Parking Lot.
i hiked from brasstown bald down to young harris. as always it was beautiful in the cloud forest and boulderfields above 4000 feet. i am amazed at the work that was done to complete this trail thru the solid rock ridge of little bald. the pink rhododendrons were in bloom. all was good until the last 2 miles. then you have a steep rocky rutted overgrown trail which is not maintained and in sad condition. also it was 90 degrees when i reached the end at bald mountain road. it was 7 miles total.
Nice little day hike. A bit overly-peopled even in November at times, but good for a breather and some nice views.
Great trail to hike. We had ages ranging from 4 months to 50+ years and everyone had an enjoyable hike! Beautiful views after the leaves have fallen.
Very nice trail. One of the three ridgeline hikes converging at Brasstown Bald. Access to the lower trailhead is behind Young Harris College and is kind of difficult to find. Park in the back student lot and look for a service road with a gate. You will need to walk about a mile and a half up the private service road to get to the trailhead and it's not a particularly enjoyable walk. Once on the trail you find it gently increasing in altitude as you ascend a pretty flat, non-technical ridge towards Brasstown Bald. Other trailhead sits about 100 yards up the paved trail from the Brasstown Bald parking area to the observatory.
There are a few nice spots with some views, which really need the leaves down to appreciate. There is an abundance of rhododendron, though, and in the spring bloom season would be spectacular. This is not a difficult hike, but know that regardless what the map says, it is 7 miles due to the added length of the service road.
I hiked this one with Arkaquah by parking at Young Harris College and riding a bike to trail head of Arkaquah. Counting the miles at Brasstown Bald walking to the top it would deb a total of about 13 miles but quite doable in a day because the Wagon Train Trail is not difficult, and going down it was actually pretty easy on the knees.
Start at brass town and walk down and it's much easier. Fun afternoon hike.
great winter hike!
This trail starts behind Young Harris College and is uphill the whole way! I would say that the worst part is the first two miles. After that, it's a relatively easy, almost flat, hike. There are some views along the trail, but the best part was the greenery!! Flowers were everywhere! It took me about three hours to finish the hike, but I was certainly taking my time.