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Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway
Between Helen and, well, the middle of nowhere (slightly south of Blairsville), the Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway provides a great mountain drive. There aren’t many reasons to stop, so just enjoy the winding ride through the trees. It’s especially nice during Autumn in late October, when the leaves are falling. After leaving Raven Cliffs Trail, the road climbs, crosses the Appalachian Trail, then drops down to the Nottely River valley. Along the way… … you’ll find a few turnouts with limited views of the surrounding mountains… … and of course, plenty of good views of big trees. At one …