Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Bald Knob

Drive Guide - Mt. Pisgah (W4C/CM-011) to Bald Knob

  • Duration: 0:35, 19 miles
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved road all the way
  • Directions:
    • L on BRP and go 15.7
    • R on NC-215 ramp and go 400’
    • R on NC-215 S and go 3.3
    • R on Explorer Rd (no sign) and go 50’
    • Gated FS road on immediate L

Drive Guide - Bald Knob to Atlanta

  • NOTE: If you are driving home late at night, the roads are twisty and slow; I recommend that you go up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and come home as if driving from Black Balsam Knob.
  • Duration: 3:00, 164 miles
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: https://goo.gl/maps/8rFJkXfNdjt
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved road all the way
  • Directions:
    • R on Explorer Rd and go 100’
    • R on NC-215 South and go 13.8
    • R on US-64 West and go 6.7
    • L on US-64 West and go 2.7
    • L on NC-281 South and go 8.7
    • Bear R on SC-130 South and go 10.4
    • R on SC-11 S and go 32.4
    • I-85 South and go 83

Drive Guide - Atlanta to Bald Knob

  • Duration: 3:00, 165 miles
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/2hddE
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved road all the way
  • Directions:
    • I-285 to I-85 N and go 83
    • Exit 1 for SC-11 N. Turn L and go 32.6
    • L on SC-130 N and go 10.4
    • Straight on NC-281 and go 8.7
    • R on US-64 E and go 9.4
    • L on NC-215 N and go 13.8
    • L on Explorer Rd
    • Gated FS road on immediate L
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Lavonia, GA (GA-17)
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Commerce, GA (US-441)

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 2 miles, ~600’ climb, 1:05 up, 0:50 down
  • Navigation
    • Follow overgrown, gated Forest Service road to summit.
  • Trailhead altitude: 4178 @ 35.262169,-82.922161
  • Summit altitude: 35.2457, -82.9248
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • ?

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: There’s a clearing on the summit. You could hang an antenna from a tree off the side of the clearing, but things are pretty overgrown.
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: No. APRS was good.
  • Unique features:
    • There’s a somewhat-overgrown clearing at the summit.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Black Balsam Knob