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Exploring North Georgia: Bell Mountain

Plan to visit North Georgia this Summer or Fall? If so, you may want to stop by Bell Mountain in Hiawassee near Lake Chatuge. It may not be much of a hike, but the views are spectacular!

Exploring North Georgia: Bell Mountain

When we first pulled into Hiawassee it was hard to miss the mountain in the background that seemed to have a big chunk blown out of the very top. As a matter a fact, for quite sometime I’d found myself looking up at it as I drove by thinking “I wonder what happened up there”.

As it turns out that mountain missing a big chunk is actually Bell Mountain.

Check out the video of our trip to Bell Mountain:

Back in the 1960’s a group of three men from Murphy, NC decided to mine the top of the mountain. They soon found the environmental and economic impact wasn’t what they expected. They were actually the ones responsible for blowing the big hole out of the top of the mountain.

It was then that an individual stepped in and purchased the mountain with preservation on the mind.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

He ended up making sure no one would destroy the mountain again. Since that time he has handed the mountain over to Towns County where they continue on with the preservation of Bell Mountain.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Back in the day it was used as a place for people to hike up for sunset views, though they had no roads.  They’ve since added a road though it’s important to note that it gets really steep toward the top.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Once you get to the top you’ll quickly notice the graffiti on the rocks, it’s literally everywhere. I’d say at this point there are only a few spaces that haven’t been painted.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

You see a long time ago a tradition was started where people would spray paint on the rocks on top of Bell Mountain.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

In my opinion the graffiti takes away from the beauty of the area. You’re able to walk up a rock formation that doesn’t have a deck, but to be honest I had no desire to do so because of all the graffiti. While I can understand how the tradition of leaving your mark was started and continued, I personally see no value in marking up the rocks.

Even while we were visiting the sound of shaking cans and spraying paint could easily be heard. In the back of my mind it tore me up knowing that this tradition would continue on with no signs of stopping.

Now there are signs in place that say the area is being recorded, along with warnings to not paint on the decks or signage.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

The graffiti is a hot topic concern, whereas some people love the tradition and ability to leave their mark while others consider it destroying nature. Regardless of where you stand on the issue the views make it a place worth visiting.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

From what we’ve read the graffiti isn’t the only hot button topic atop Bell Mountain. A lot of people are also disappointed with the addition of the road and the viewing decks.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

I can understand both sides of the battle about the viewing decks, but I must say they were very well constructed and did help facilitate good 360 degree views. Without seeing Bell Mountain before the decks it’s hard for me to know what people miss now that they’re here.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Overall, the views were spectacular and helped to take the attention off of the painted rocks.

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. | Mountainmodernlife.com

Have you been up to Bell Mountain? What did you think of the painted rocks and the views? We’d love to know in the comments below.
Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge. Mountainmodernlife.com

Looking for additional places to explore in North Georgia? Check out the links below:

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Brasstown Bald

Vogel State Park

Don Carter State Park

Fort Yargo State Park


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Are you in or around Hiawassee, GA? You should take a quick trip up to Bell Mountain, you can drive all the way up and see amazing views of Lake Chatuge.

 

2 Comments
  • I have to completely agree, the graffiti takes away from the beauty of the land and to me is as vile as litter on the ground. If you can get beyond the childish painting, that is one amazing view. Thank you for sharing! #wanderlust

    June 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

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