Historic Markers Across Georgia

Brasstown Bald

Marker ID: GHM 139-4
Location: Ga. 17 /Ga. 75 at Ga. 180, 9 miles south of Hiawassee,
County: Towns
Coordinates: N 34° 49.926    W 083° 43.806
  34.832101    -83.7301
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM75XH
Brasstown Bald Marker  


The high, rounded peak, Brasstown Bald or Mt. Enotah, is the highest mountain in Georgia, 4,748 ft. Its Indian name, Itseyi, means `a place of fresh green,` referring to its grassy, instead of timbered, summit. Early white settlers mistook the Indian name for a similar one meaning brass. According to Cherokee legend, there was once a great flood and all men died except a few Cherokee families who landed on top of Brasstown Bald in a giant canoe. The Great Spirit killed all the trees on top of the mountain so the survivors could plant crops and live until the floods subsided.

GHM 139-4 Georgia Historical Commission 1956


Brasstown Bald