Russell/Brasstown Scenic Byway
The Russell/Brasstown Scenic Byway offers beautiful views of the Chattahoochee National Forest on this 40-mile drive.
|The Russell/Brasstown Scenic Byway offers beautiful views of the Chattahoochee National Forest on this 40-mile drive. See the twin waterfalls at Anna Ruby Falls, climb to the top of Brasstown Bald or picnic at Unicoi State Park. From Blue Ridge, go to Blairsville on Highway 515. In Blairsville, take Hwy 129 south to Hwy 180, which forms a loop with Hwy 75 and 348.
|The first-ever U.S. Forest Service scenic byway was designated in the Cherokee National Forest in Polk County. It includes a portion of U.S. Hwy. 64 and Forest Service Road 77. About half of the U.S. Hwy 64 section passes through the Ocoee River Gorge. Forest Service Road 77 turns off U.S. Hwy 64 and winds it way up Chilhowee Mountain following the crest of the mountain.
Within this drive are rock bluffs, mountain peaks, Forest Service management activities, Lake Ocoee and the whitewater Ocoee River, all of which offer visitors magnificent views of natural beauty. The scenic byway offers ready access to whitewater rafting, boating, swimming and historic sites related to the Civil War and Cherokee Indian culture.
The Scenic Byway is easily reached from the Copper Basin area or West Polk County. In fact, U.S.Hwy 64 is the main link between the two sides of the county.
||Polk County, Tennessee