Blackrock Mtn (W4G/NG-027): Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Black Rock Mountain from Rabun Bald

  • Duration: 0:40
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Park is closed Dec 1 - March 15. Park roads are all paved.
  • Google Maps URL from Rabun Bald (Beegum Gap trailhead): ?
  • Directions:
    • Beegum to Black Rock Mountain State Park gate (Iā€™m planning a double-header) - 0:40:
      • Head north/west on Kelsey Mtn (back the way you came)
      • L on Bald Mtn Rd (a.k.a. Mud Creek) and go 3.0
      • L at T onto NC-106/GA-246 and go 4.1
      • L on US-23/US-441 and go 4.8
      • R on Black Rock Mtn Pky at First Christian Church and go 1.0
      • R fork (same road, really) to stay on Black Rock Mtn Pky and go 0.4.
      • Straight (through gate?) to stay on Black Rock Mtn Pky and go 1.2.
      • R at T to stay on Black Rock Mtn Rd and go 0.1.
      • Park at the picnic area at the trailheads for Tennessee Rock and other trails.
      • CAUTION: Lot was full at 11 A.M. on a clear autumn Saturday.
  • Food
    • Just convenience stores

Drive Guide - Black Rock Mountain from Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:00
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/Hgpof
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Park is closed Dec 1 - March 15. Paved road all the way.
  • Directions:
    • Take money. There is a parking fee.
    • I-285 E
    • I-85 N
    • I-985 N and go 23.8
    • US-23 N and go 54.7
    • L on Black Rock Mtn Pky at First Christian Church and go 1.0
    • R fork (same road, really) to stay on Black Rock Mtn Pky and go 0.4.
    • Straight (through gate?) to stay on Black Rock Mtn Pky and go 1.2.
    • R at T to stay on Black Rock Mtn Rd and go 0.1.
    • Park at the picnic area at the trailheads for Tennessee Rock and other trails.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Clayton, GA
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Cornelia, on Level Grove Rd.
      • It comes just BEFORE Cornelia and your exit to US-441.
  • Black Rock State Park entrance gate is open 7AM-10PM, March 16-Nov 30.

Drive Guide - Black Rock Mountain TO Atlanta

* Head downhill on Blackrock Mtn Pky and go 0.2
* L on Blackrock Mtn Pky and go 2.3
* R on US-441

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0:30 (0.6 miles); 0:20 down. This is for the true summit. ~0:05 less to Tennessee Rock.
  • Navigation
    • Trailhead at Tennessee Rock Trail parking. Trailhead is through the picnic area, past the pay-to-park post.
    • Within the first 5 minutes, take both left forks.
    • It is a loop trail. The left side is 2/3 the length of the right. Right side may be nice if you have extra time, but left side is what I document.
  • Trailhead altitude: 3255ā€™
  • Summit altitude: 3640
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 34.90725, -83.41211
    • Tennessee Rock Overlook: 34.90516, -83.41781
    • Summit: 34.90360, -83.42060 Grid: EM84gv

Summit Guide

  • Activate from Tennessee Rock: There is a long, narrow ridge at the summit.
    • The activation zone clearly includes Tennessee Rock Overlook, as well as the proper summit.
    • I checked it twice with an altimeter and the low point between Tennessee Rock and the formal summit is about 40ā€™ below the summit.
    • The view is prettier from Tennessee Rock and I chose to operate from Tennessee Rock because it was convenient to bungee my mast to the wooden railing.
  • Hang antenna from tree: Possible.
  • Space to guy mast: Easy to bungee-cord a mast to the wooden railing.
  • 2013 cell Tennessee Rock: Good VZN; no AT&T; good APRS.
  • 2014 cell from true summit: AT&T=OK.
  • 2015 cell from Tennessee Rock: Good AT&T.