Bell Mountain

Bell Mountain, Hiawassee: Address, Bell Mountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Bell Mountain
4.5
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BobbyD1927
Horseheads, NY68 contributions
Road too steep
Nov 2021
For such a great place with such amazing views, the road should be a little more family-vehicle friendly. We made it maybe halfway up in our mini-van and then just about went sliding off the road because of how steep it was and because we lost traction in the leaves on the side of the road, having to move over for another vehicle. Are you kidding me? This was a one-lane road, not two. So ridiculous. Steepest road I've ever seen. We decided the views were not worth our safety.
Written November 17, 2021
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Dlipp
Loxahatchee, FL19 contributions
Switch Back City
Oct 2021
The accesses Bell Mountain is a paved blacktop 1.5 lane road. There are several switch-backs, hair-pin turns and STEEP. The last stretch to the top is the steepest. I drive an Tundra and at times I could not see the road ahead of me. With that said, the drive is worth it. The painted rocks and ledges is very colorful (to say the least). The drive down the mountain is less harrowing.
Written November 1, 2021
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Cynthia B
Weaverville, NC11 contributions
Amazing view
Oct 2021
Breathtaking views of Lake Chatuge and the mountains of surrounding areas. Definitely worth the time and effort to see.
Written October 16, 2021
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Justin J
Georgia2 contributions
From The Locals..
Oct 2021
As a local who grew up living on bell mountain I can tell you, all the reviews on here complaining about how the graffiti has ruined this "Natural Wonder". Bell mountain is not a "natural wonder", it was once a mountain top that was quarried for mica way back when. Once that closed down it was a destination for locals with enough 4 wheel drive and ground clearance to go and paint the rocks and watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. It was pretty much a tradition that if you went you painted. Now a lot of memorials were painted up there when friends and love ones died. As to the cliff on the backside, to my knowledge at least 3 people have died up there over the years (2 jumped and 1 fell off the backside). If the paint bothers you I suggest returning to Florida.

The county completely ruined it by building those decks and paving the road up there. The traffic on a single lane road is horrendous with people who have no business driving in the mountains (much less on that road) trying to go up there. Mountain LAW, if you meet a car and there is no room to pull off the side, you both STOP, the car facing up the hill backs down the hill to the nearest pull-off. the car facing down the hill then continues past. SLOW DOWN whether you are going up or down DRIVE SLOW and LOOK.

Pro-Tip if you happen to be up there at night or after dark grab the white/pink rocks and smash them together, they will spark/light up.

Insider Tip if you shine a light to the tree at the base of the cliff you will see the reflector of the motorcycle that got launched off there and stuck in that tree years ago,
Written October 11, 2021
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Kay J
Hiawassee, GA22 contributions
Scary road
Sep 2021
Very steep uphill drive. Don't try in small car. Very scary in RAM truck too. We're locals that go there several times a year. Sad that the beautiful quartz has been so defaced by tagging. Wasn't like that 10 years ago!
Written September 28, 2021
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CurlyQ21601
Easton, MD293 contributions
Tippy Top
Sep 2021
You will not regret the trek to the top! Incredible views. Go at sunset if you can. Parking is limited and the drive up to the top it tight. Be prepared to have to "pull-off" but also don't fall off the side of the mountain. If you don't want to go to the top there is one smaller parking lot about 500 feet or so from the top. Too bad such a beautiful spot is littered with graffiti.

TONS OF STEPS!!
Written September 28, 2021
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Ronda V
10 contributions
Panoramic mountain view breathtaking
Sep 2021 • Couples
Difficult and steep drive up without 4 wheel drive but the panoramic view was amazing. Too bad so much graffiti though!
Written September 10, 2021
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Julie D
4 contributions
Trip to the top
Sep 2021
This isn't advertised that I could tell but my husband saw it in binoculars from our room. What a VIEW! It felt like we were on top of the world. I am fairly afraid of heights so it took me a minute or two to walk around but it was very much worth the trip. The entire top of the mountain isn't very large so there is a view on ALL SIDES.
Written September 9, 2021
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Chaz Parks
Atlanta, GA75 contributions
Best view in the world!
Aug 2021 • Couples
I’ve seen views all over the world from Fiji, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Iceland and more. In the moment you’re always thinking this is the greatest view I have ever seen. In the moment when I was looking at the view from the top of Bell Mountain I thought it was the greatest view I had ever seen.

Driving up to the summit makes this opportunity to view this epic overlook easy for anyone. I highly recommend going here to snap some pictures around sunset but then putting your phone in your car and just taking in the moment at peace.
Written August 3, 2021
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Clare g
2 contributions
Stunning panoramic views
Jul 2021 • Family
Awesome panoramic views and scenery. Drive very steep. Make sure your breaks are good Be very careful
Written August 1, 2021
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