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Rabun Bald
Elevation: 4,696 feet (1,431  m)
Location: Georgiamarker, USAmarker
Topo map: USGS Rabun Bald
Range: Blue Ridge Mountains
First ascent: unknown
Easiest route: hike: Bartram Trail

Rabun Bald, with an elevation of is the second-highest peak in Georgiamarker; only Brasstown Baldmarker (4,784 ft) is higher. It is located in Rabun County, Georgiamarker and is the tallest mountain in the county. An observation tower on the summit provides hikers with views that, on clear days, extend for more than . The hike to the top of Rabun Bald is 4 miles (round trip) via the Rabun Bald Trail and is considered a novice to intermediate hike. The Rabun Bald Trail is part of the Bartram Trail, which winds through northeast Georgia for .

According to Native American legend, Rabun Bald is inhabited by fire-breathing demon people: some campers still report hearing strange sounds throughout the night.

Rabun Bald was the site of the first fire tower in the area, which was constructed by Ranger "Nick" Nicholson, the first forest ranger in Georgia. The fire tower was operated by the United States Forest Service until the early 1970s. After the fire tower was taken out of service, a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew dismantled the tower's uppermost component, a metal-framed enclosure with glass windows that sat atop a stone base. Leaving the stone base intact, the YCC crew replaced the metal "cabin" with the railed wooden observation platform which hikers enjoy today.


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