Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Flat Top from Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:20 to Dyer Cemetery.
    • Allow 20 minutes more, if you drive from Dyer up to the almost-summit turn-around.
  • Google Maps URL from I-285 at 33.91819, -84.33747: http://goo.gl/maps/K0jCA
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
    • No limits if hiking from Dyer Cemetery.
    • Gate on final mile (USFS-64A) officially closed Jan to mid-March.
    • 4WD may be required for USFS-64A.
  • Directions:
    • I-285 W
    • I-75 N
    • I-575 N
    • GA-5 N
    • L on GA-5 in Blue Ridge at McDonalds. Go 3.7
    • L on Old GA-2 (watch for propane tanks on left near top of hill), go 9.9.
      • Pavement ends at Bravo Ln, 1.2 miles before USFS-64.
    • Bear L onto USFS-64 at “Cohutta” wilderness sign and go 3.1.
      • Atlanta to this junction is measured at about 2:00 (not including stops).
    • Park at cemetery OR L on 64A (single lane) just past cemetery.
      • 20 minutes to drive 1.7 miles up 64A
      • 64A was barely drivable in a Corolla in March 2014. You need at least 3 dry days before you drive it. (It rained a little on Wednesday, and it was barely drivable on Saturday.)
      • 64A was not drivable in a Corolla in January 2015. Too slippery. Unable to progress.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Blue Ridge, where GA-5 turns left and leaves GA-515.
      • It is about 30 minutes from McDonalds to Dyer Cemetery.
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Ellijay
    • Dinner:
      • Pink Pig Barbecue at 824 Cherry Log St., Cherry Log, GA. Open Thursday-Sunday 11-9. VERY busy after church.
      • Poole’s Barbecue “Pig Hill” at 164 Craig Street, Ellijay. Closes at 7/8/8/6, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun.
      • Note: There’s a Barbecue place in Blue Ridge that has several billboards with directions telling you to turn at Wendy’s. The pulled pork there is dry and taste-free.

Trail Guide

  • Duration
    • 10 minutes from the turn-around near the top to the summit.
    • 1:20 minutes to walk from Dyer Cemetery to the summit.
  • Navigation:
    • On USFS-64, with the Dyer Cemetery on your right walk a few feet down 64 and turn left onto the gated, single-lane road on your left.
    • Follow the road until you reach a turn-around (circle/parking lot) near the top.
    • There’s a gated road at the far side of the turn-around from where you enter. Don’t take it.
    • To your right, there is a deeply cut trail/road blocked by two big dirt piles. Follow this route about 10 minutes.
    • As you approach the summit, there’s a low concrete foundtion. A double-diamond blazed trail comes in from the right, and exits straight ahead.
  • Trailhead altitude: 3625’ from the turn-around near the top; 2861’ @ gate @ Dyer Gap per topo
  • Summit altitude: 3740’ (official SOTA data)
  • GPS tracks/waypoints
    • Dyer Cemetery: 34.868755, -84.514289
    • Turn-around near summit: 34.85597, -84.50105
    • Summit: 34.85760, -84.50396

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes. Many good trees.
  • Space to guy mast: Yes. There are some briars, but you can find a clear enough spot, or lean your mast against a tree.
  • Cell coverage: Yes. No problem sending SMS. Did not try web browser.
  • Unique features:
    • Not much view.
    • Low concrete foundation from something at summit.
    • Hiker trail, diamond blazed, marked with a stripped-of-sign post enters north side of summit and leaves to the west.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Dyer Mountain (W4G/HC-009) is a bushwhack from USFS-64. Accessible even when winter-closed FS roads are gated.