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Cherokee County North Carolina Hiking Trails
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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 This tower is no longer manned as its function has been replaced by fire detection airplanes during the spring and fall fire seasons.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.

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