Watching the sun rise from just about anywhere can be pretty spectacular, but some of our favorite spots to watch day break include lofty summits with wide open views. Make a short, pre-dawn climb to Georgia’s tallest peak, Brasstown Bald. The hike follows a paved trail through a mossy forest filled with rhododendron and high-elevation plants. At the top, panoramic 360-degree views unfold with beautiful scenes of Lake Chatuge and the surrounding mountains bathed in golden light.
Another early morning favorite climbs a scenic section of the Appalachian Trail. The hike to Preachers Rock is one of our favorites on the AT and a great spot to welcome the first light of a new day. Departing from a trailhead at Woody Gap, the hike passes several rocky outcrops revealing through-the-tree views and pre-dawn color. At the summit, Preachers Rock offers expansive easterly vistas perfect for catching a gorgeous color show in the sky.
One of the most enchanting spots to experience day break in the North Georgia Mountains is at the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn. The rustic-modern lodge, located near Springer Mountain, creates a celebratory atmosphere around each morning’s sunrise. Soft drumbeats act as an alarm clock just before daybreak, calling guests to grab a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the dawning of the new day from an overlook.
In Blue Ridge
Mountain sunrises and sunsets are amazing closer to Blue Ridge, and Lake Blue Ridge is a favorite spot to observe both. From the top of the dam looking north and south, or in the park area beside the dam try the new overlook on the lake.