Blood Mountain: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Blood Mountain (W4G/NG-004)

  • Duration: 1:35 (based on experience)
  • Google Maps URL from Atlanta (33.91998, -84.33898): https://tinyurl.com/blood-mtn8
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: All seasons, all weather roads.
  • Directions:
    • N on GA-400 from I-285 for 47 miles
    • L on US-19 N and follow for 26.2
    • 0.5 past Walasi-Yi, L into Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Parking area (38 spaces)
      • Parking demand may exceed space. 1:30 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2013, almost full. Noon on Saturday, October 4, 2014 full with cars waiting in line. 8 AM Saturday, Sept 29 2018, 6 spaces open.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: 35 Mountain Dr, Dahlonega GA. Slow service on weekends.
    • Penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-53 (38 miles north of I-285)
    • Dinner: Smokin’ Gold Barbecue - 59 East Main St, Dahlonega, GA.

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 2.2 miles. 2:10 up (2018); 1:55 up (2015); 1:20 down (2018); 1:30 down (2015); (1:35 down to Walasi-Yi)
  • Navigation
    • Follow obvious trail from parking area 0.7 miles (and 400’ up)
    • R on AT and follow blazes for 1.5
    • Water: Spigot under bay window on right side (facing the front door) of Walasi-Yi. Hiker use permitted. May be off in freezing weather.
  • Trailhead altitude: 3025’
  • Summit altitude: 4460’
  • Grid Square: EM84ar
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Parking turn-off: 34.742, -83.921
    • Trailhead: 34.74212, -83.92272
    • Summit: 34.7398, -83.937

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Not on top of summit; possible within activation zone.
  • Space to guy mast: Not on top of the summit; possible within activation zone.
  • Cell coverage:
    • 2013: Verizon SMS intermittent; AT&T SMS didn’t work despite 2-3 bars; no AT&T data. APRS worked well. KI4SVM reported AT&T, Verizon, and APRS success.
    • 2014: Verizon SMS worked quickly on 2 of 2 uses
  • Unique features:
    • Oldest AT shelter at summit
    • Walasi-Yi center near trailhead sells provisions
    • The area is very popular. Don’t expect privacy.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Levelland Mountain - Opposite direction on AT at Walasi-Yi
  • Akin Mtn