It didn't take long once the approach road was paved for this Georgia scenic attraction in Hiawassee to get noticed. 

 

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Bell Mountain is a rocky outcropping overlooking Lake Chatuge in Hiawasse, Georgia. I've read that it is the scars and remnants of a somewhat sketchy and ultimately failed mining effort in 1963.

 

Yermo at Bell Mountain, Georgia
Yermo at Bell Mountain, Georgia

 

 It's reported a local resident bought Bell Mountain to protect it from further abuse then gave it to the town when he died. The town turned a local eyesore into an attraction.

 

Bell Mountain, Georgia
Bell Mountain, Georgia

 

As to the graffiti at Bell Mountain - I think it's just a fad that caught on. Most anything that can be tagged with spray paint has been marked. The rocks, the stairs, the walkways, tree stumps....

 

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Some find this painting an insult. I find it unique and quirky. The views from the boardwalks at the top of the stairs are grand, it's worth the effort to go up.

 

Atop Bell Mountain, Georgia
Atop Bell Mountain, Georgia

 

It takes less than 10 minutes to ride from US 76 in Hiawassee to the top of the mountain. Shake Rag Road starts off curvy then gets very steep, narrow, and tight. Only one car can pass at a time in places, be alert. 

 

Shake Rag Road to Bell Mountain
Shake Rag Road to Bell Mountain

 

Bell Mountain is a nice place to take a break on a ride passing through Hiawassee.  The views that overlook the town, Lake Chatuge, and the surrounding mountains are some of the best you'll find in Georgia.

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