Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Grandmother Mountain from Mt Mitchell

  • Duration: 1:45, 57 miles
  • Google Maps URL: (google is broken. It thinks you can’t make a left turn.)
    • http://goo.gl/maps/fNCLg (part way there)
    • http://goo.gl/maps/Yo3E1 (rest of the way there)
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Check the BRP Closure Map.
  • Directions:
    • Go 4.5 down the Mt Mitchell parking driveway
    • L on Blue Ridge Pky and go 50
      • Last restroom at Linville Falls picnic area, after driving 39 miles from Mt. Mitchell.
        • There are some picnic areas before/after, where you can wander into the woods.
    • Exit L for US-221 / Blowing Rock Hwy - after passing mile marker 306. Don’t take the earlier exit for US-221.
    • L on US-221 / Blowing Rock Hwy
    • Immediately after crossing under the Parkway, turn L on Leason Carroll Gragg Rd
      • This road starts off as paved, but turns to gravel. OK for sedans, with caution.
    • Follow the road to the summit.

Drive Guide - Grandmother Mountain TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 4:30, 256 miles
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/IzbYm
  • Directions:
    • Head downhill on Grandmother Mountain Rd
    • At the end of the road, turn L.
    • Immediately after crossing under the Parkway, turn R onto Parkway ramp
    • R at the Parkway and go 12.4
    • R on the ramp to US-221
    • L on US-221 S and go 26.8
    • R onto US-221 S and go 27.0
    • R onto US-74 W and go 17.4
    • R onto ramp to I-26 S and go 0.7
    • R on West Mills St and go 0.1
    • L onto ramp to I-26 S and go 21.8
    • Ramp to I-85 S and go 153
    • I-285 West

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 1/4 mile, 10 minutes
  • Navigation
    • Follow the road uphill.
    • At about 0.16 miles, the road forks. R for continues up to the tower. Keep R and go 350’.
    • Park at the rusted, abandoned water tank.
  • Trailhead altitude: 4600
  • Summit altitude: 4660.
    • Activation zone is 80’, so anything above 4580 is good.
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Parking: 36.06226,-81.84253
    • Summit: 36.063, -81.8428

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree:
  • Space to guy mast:
  • Cell coverage:
  • Unique features:
    • TV transmitter on summit. Awful QRM, loud enough to de-sense my receiver to the point where I had to increase audio gain by 50%. 40m unusable due to QRM. 20m marginally usable. LOTS of No Trespassing signs near the summit, so I activated from the side of the road.
    • Drive-up summit. Easy to park near top and walk out/into the activation zone.