Learn. Live. Explore.

Educational, recreational, and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources as well as natural and cultural history of North Georgia.

$5 park entrance fee will be collected at the gate or free admission with Interagency Pass.

 

Mountain Top Wildflower Paint-Along: Watercolor Class

Wildflowers that last! Take home the beauty of Brasstown Bald’s Spring Wildflowers through painting your own art masterpiece. Local artist and watercolor educator Joyce Clair will teach an outdoor painting class for a special Mother’s Day eve on top of the Bald. This unique painting experience will be a fun and easy 2 hour class for anyone age 9 and over. No previous painting experience required. Joyce will guide you step-by-step to complete a wildflower painting for yourself or to give as a gift!

May 13, Saturday, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

$35 per person, includes all supplies

Class size limited to 8 participants, minimum 4

What to bring: sun protection, clothes you might get paint on, and your mother!

What to expect: Meet in grassy courtyard below Visitors Center. Allow yourself time to hike or shuttle to the top before the class starts. Weather conditions could cancel the program with refunds issued. 

Joyce Clair is a local artist and member of Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild and regularly teaches watercolor painting to beginners at Artworks in Hiawassee, Helen Arts Center, Blue Ridge Arts Center, and Murphy Arts Center. Visit www.artworkgalleryga.com for more information about the guild and classes offered.

Walk on the Wildside: Interpretive Wildflower Hike

Where the wildflowers themselves are the destination. Enlighten your senses and learn secret stories of the wildflowers of the Brasstown Bald Park and Wilderness Area! Our guide, Adam Bigelow, owner of Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions, will lead the group on a half day interpretive wildflower hike through Georgia’s only cloud forest. Adam will touch on topics such as how to find and identify wildflowers, ethics on use and harvesting of wild plants, as well as the geology, insects, soil biology and ecology that shape each wildflowers’ uniqueness.

May 13, Saturday 10AM – 2PM

$20 per person, bring your own lunch for a picnic

Class size limited to 15 people, minimum 8

What to bring: sun/ weather protection, sturdy shoes for hiking, water, picnic lunch, wildflower book if you have one, and your mother!

What to expect: Gentle 3 mile out and back walk N’ talk style hike on part of the Wagon Train Trail, program starts and returns to the rock pavilion next to the parking lot, meeting 15 minutes prior to start time. Lunch will be taken on the trail. Rain or shine. 

Adam Bigelow has lead wildflower walks for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Highlands Biological Station, Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, North American Rock Garden Society, and many other groups and individuals. He holds degrees in both Horticulture and Environmental Science and is a member of the Steering Committee for the renowned Cullowhee Native Plants Conference.