Buckeye Knob: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Buckeye Knob from Atlanta

  • Duration: 1:45
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898:
    • Atlanta, Buckeye, Akin, Atlanta (Double-header): http://goo.gl/maps/0XZ0E
    • … plus dinner: http://goo.gl/maps/cR97o
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: All-season, dirt. Patrick drove it in February. May require SUV.
  • Directions:
    • GA-400 N for 47
    • L on US-19 and go 5.1
    • R on GA-9 N - go 8 miles.
    • L on GA-60 - go 7.3.
      • This is more of a Y than a left turn. It is near the entrance to the R Ranch resort community.
    • R on GA-180 (Wolf Pen Gap Rd) - go 7.7
    • L on Duncan Ridge Rd - go 3.9. (a.k.a. Forest Service road FS 39.)
      • Duncan Ridge Rd Landmarks, where Duncan Ridge Rd meets GA-180:
      • “Wolf Pen Gap” highway sign (green background, white letters) on the right.
      • On the left, the dirt road has a big “Coopers Creek WMA” sign.
      • There’s a green-blazed trail on the right side of 180. I suspect it is the Coosa trail (which does not go to Coosa Bald).
    • Park at campsite/wide spot in road on L, just past Duncan Ridge Trail (trailhead) on R.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Dahlonega
    • Penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-53 (38 miles north of I-285)
    • Dinner: Smoke-n-Gold in Dahlonega

Drive Guide - Buckeye Knob from Akin Mtn

  • Duration:
  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/h64zm
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: All-season, dirt. Patrick drove it in February. May require SUV.
  • Directions:
    • Head west (or southwest) on Mulkey Gap Rd and go 2.1
    • Keep L (straight) at Ridge Runner Trail and go 0.7
    • L on Duncan Ridge Rd (USFS-39) and go 5.2
      • Might see cemetery across creek on L, just before turn.
      • Will cross creek and follow a fork.
      • Note: At 3.1 something merges from R
      • Note: At about 3.5, keep L.
    • Park at campsite on R, just pass Buckeye Knob (on L) just before Duncan Ridge Trail (trailhead) on L.

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0.7 mile, 0:30
  • Navigation
    • NNE (toward Coosa) on Duncan Ridge Rd 500’ from the campsite
    • L on old road up to the ridge line and the Duncan Ridge Trail.
      • The old road is recognizable only by some piles of dirt to stop people from driving it. It is not readily apparent as a road.
    • Go W, then NW on DRT about .65 miles and 500’ altitude.
  • Trailhead altitude: 3415
  • Summit altitude: 3734
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 34.78459,-83.99194
    • Summit: 34.7873, -83.9982

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: yes
  • Space to guy mast: yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=OK, Vzn=OK, APRS=OK

Plan-B Candidates

  • Coosa Bald, Sheriff Knob, Akin Mountain