Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
The Brawley Mountain Loop Trail, which is a Fannin
County Hiking Trail near the town of Blue Ridge Georgia, is an easy drive
from Murphy, North Carolina in Cherokee County.
Brawley Mountain Loop Trail
Fannin County, Georgia
Length: 6.1 miles
The trail passes through a Southern Appalachian forest showing plant
and animal habitat typical of this area.
This trail accesses the Brawley Mountain Fire tower. This tower is no
longer manned as its function has been replaced by fire detection
airplanes during the spring and fall fire seasons. It also serves as a
communications platform for various antennas needed in this region, such
as TVA. The road forming the loop passes an old quarry which once provided
rock for much of the local road needs. This trail is recommended any time
of year. It is especially attractive in autumn.
| Brawley Mountain Loop Trail
immediately begins to ascend Tipton Mountain. After reaching the ridge the
trail follows ridge before descending to an unnamed gap. The trail leaves
this gap, skirts Bald Top and descends into Ledford Gap. The road
encountered here is the same one that will be used for the return walk to
the parking area. The trail ascends from Ledford Gap and climbs the east
side of Brawley Mountain to the fire tower. At the fire tower USFS 45 goes
north and downhill for the three mile return walk to the parking area.
From Blue Ridge, GA travel south to junction with GA Highway 60 at
Lakewood, GA. Follow GA Highway 60 south to Morganton, GA. Continue south
on GA 60 to Wilscot Gap. Wilscot Gap is 14 miles south of Blue Ridge, GA.
Parking is off road at gap. Please do not block the gate on USFS Road 45
on south side.