Miller Trek is one of Northeast Georgia's most underrated trails. Starting out from Brasstown Valley Resort near Young Harris, Miller Trek makes a loop on the slopes of Rocky Knob at the north end of a ridge extending from Brasstown Bald, Georgia's tallest peak. Besides the peace that this remote trail offers, it also passes a little-known spur trail to a bluff on the south side of Rocky Knob with a breathtaking 270-degree view that encompasses much of Brasstown Valley as well as Lake Chatuge, the towns of Hiawassee and Young Harris, and even the west end of Southern Nantahala Wilderness including Eagle Mountain. Adventurous hikers can continue along the ridge to tall cliffs on Cedar Knob, where more views to the west into Brasstown Valley await. This hike occurred on Monday, August 21st, 2017. My plan was to hike the Miller Trek Loop and Keys Branch Loop counter-clockwise. Along the way, I would make a side trip to Rocky Knob Bluff, where I would watch the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, and I would also continue to the clifftop views on Cedar Knob.
Miller Trek. Thinking of the name brings to mind a touristy pathway leading to a large waterfall or a panoramic vista. Instead, what you'll find on this short hike is nothing but one of the best experiences of North Georgia's mountain's forests and a touch of solitude. Located in the Brasstown Valley area of extreme northern Georgia, this little-used loop might be one of the best winter hikes in Georgia, as when the leaves are down, you will find a lot of views in various directions. The name is after Zell Miller, a former Georgia senator. He and his wife loved the nature around Brasstown Valley, and they wanted to save the area from developments. Since recently Brasstown Valley Resort and the National Forest Service partnered together to create the Miller Trek, Miller's dream came true. This hike occurred on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. My plan was to hike the Miller Trek Loop clockwise.
Year 1: 540.0 Miles
Year 2: 552.3 Miles
Year 3: 518.4 Miles
Year 4: 299.3 Miles