You can drive from Helen, GA to Brasstown Bald (the state’s highest point) along the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway in less than an hour, though you should allow some extra time to stop and take in the incredible scenery along the way. Your drive will take you through the incredible scenery of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Stop and view Dukes Creeks Falls from the observation deck near the road. If you have time, when you get to the Raven Cliff Falls area, stop and take a hike to view a number of lovely waterfalls. Once you get to the entrance to Brasstown Bald, expect a very steep drive to the top. (Note: You’ll need to pay a $5 entrance fee). When you get to the top, you can look out over breathtaking scenery encompassing North Georgia’s mountains, as well as parts of North Carolina (including a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains), Tennessee, and South Carolina. There is a short but steep half-mile hike to the summit, which is where the visitors center is located. There are also numerous longer, fairly rugged (and also steep!) hikes for more adventurous visitors. Be sure to visit the museum, where you can watch a film about the history of the area.