Grab your sweetie, camera gear, hiking boots, and an appetite and get geared up for an adventurous road trip. The Russell Brasstown Scenic Byway is full of breathtaking scenery. You will pass four fantastic hiking trails such as Dukes Creek Falls, Raven Cliffs, High Falls, Brasstown bald, and the handful of scenic hiking trails available at the Smithgall Woods Conservation area.
There are also a handful of excellent spots on and just off of the byway to camp, or rent a small budget friendly cabin. There are also a few great one of a kind dining spots just minutes off the bypass. (See the “Nearby Stuff” section below)
This byway is a tad over 40 miles winding up through the north Ga. Mountains. The route begins just outside of Helen Ga. at the Helen Ga. Flea Market. From the flea market, you will take 17/75 out of Helen Ga., follow it up till you come up on the Appalachian Campgrounds and cabins, Then look for SR 180 on your left, turn left, and follow it until you get to the Richard B. Russell Scenic Hwy. (348) And turn left. This will dead-end into Hwy. 17. Turn left onto Hwy. 17, and this will bring you right back to the Helen Ga. Flea Market.
There are several turn offs offering overlook spots where travelers can park, and take in some excellent high mountain scenery. Visitors can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days traveling and exploring everything along, and just off this scenic byway.
Dukes Creek Waterfall
Goose Creek Cabins
Deer Lodge Restaurant and Cabins
Smithgall Woods Conservation