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Bell Mountain County Park and Historical Site

Town or County Park
Photo from parking area. – Don Woodruff

ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessible by automobile on paved road. Two parking lots; one at the summit and the other just below.

The 18 acre summit of Bell Mountain originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians. After the Indian Removal Act, the property was drawn in the 1832 land lottery and remained in private hands for the next 183 years until it was deeded to Towns County in 2015. During the 1960s the top of Bell Mountain was blasted to mine its white quartzite, creating the notch which is now decorated with 50 years of historical graffiti.

The summit offers breathtaking views of Lake Chatuge and the Appalachian Mountain ranges.

How to Get There

From Hiawassee Town Square take US Hwy 76 east 1.3 miles, turn left onto Shake Rag Road, go 1.5 miles to Bell Mountain Road, turn right and go 1 mile to Bell Mountain Park summit.

Recreational Opportunities

Paragliding off Bell. The wind currents that can keep paragliders aloft for hours make Bell Mountain a popular destination. This site now also offers a "stair hike" to a platform overlooking gorgeous TVA Lake Chatuge.

Hours

Seasons Accessible

The park is open year round

  • 8am to 8pm during the winter
  • 8am to 11pm during the summer

Pricing

Fees

none