I do not like Greentop. I do not intend to activate it again.

  • It is difficult to find a safe spot for an HF antenna, avoiding power lines.
  • I was able to raise Knoxville (strong signal report) on VHF with a Yagi, but I found only 2 VHF contacts with calling on 146.52 and zero chasers after spotting.
  • S5 noise level on 20 and 40 meters in 2015. (S3 in 2014.)
  • No opportunity to set up away from noise sources.
  • I got blisters from poison ivy on the summit.

Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Greentop - From Applewood Restaurant, Pigeon Forge

  • Duration: 0:30
  • Google Maps: n.a.
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved to top
  • Directions:
    • West (away from Parkway) on Apple Valley Rd and go to corner of property ~ 0.1
    • Bear R to stay on Apple Valley and go 1.1
    • L on New Era Rd and go 0.3
    • L fork at Stop sign and go 2.2
    • L on Goose Gap Rd and go 1.6
    • R on Bluff Mtn Rd and go 4.1
    • Sharp L on Tower Rd and go 0.7
    • Note: You go straight. Horse Cove Rd goes L. This junction is outside the activation zone.
    • S past Horse Cove Rd and go 0.3
    • Sharp R at ridge top onto very short road to antenna tower.
  • Food
    • Applewood Restaurant

Drive Guide - Greentop From Atlanta

  • Duration: 4:00
  • Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cdFAE
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved to top
  • Directions:
    • I-75 North
    • At I-640, continue East on I-40 and go 2.6
    • Exit 388 for US-441 (Henley Street) and remain on US-441 for 20.8
    • R on Whites School Rd and go 0.6
    • R on Goose Gap Rd and go 4.4
    • R on Bluff Mtn Rd and go 4.1
    • Sharp L on Tower Rd and go 0.7
    • Note: You go straight. Horse Cove Rd goes L. This junction is outside the activation zone
    • S past Horse Cove Rd and go 0.3
    • Sharp R at ridge top onto very short road to antenna tower.

Drive Guide - Clingmans Dome to Greentop

  • Duration: 1:10
  • Directions:
    • Head out on Clingmans Dome Rd and go 7
    • L on US-441 N and go 13.8
    • L on Gatlinburg Bypass and go 3.6
    • Keep L on US-441 N and go 7.3
    • L on Wears Valley Rd and go 0.1
    • S on E Wears Valley Rd and go 0.1
    • S on Wears Valley Rd and go 2.6
    • R on Waldens Creek Rd and go 0.5
    • R on Goose Gap Rd and go 0.5
    • L on Bluff Mtn Rd and go 4.1
    • Sharp L on Tower Rd and go 0.7
    • Note: You go straight. Horse Cove Rd goes L. This junction is outside the activation zone
    • S past Horse Cove Rd and go 0.3
    • Sharp R at ridge top onto very short road to antenna tower.

Drive Guide - Greentop - TO Knoxville

  • Directions:
    • Head downhill (sharp L from tower driveway) and go 1.0
    • Sharp R ond Bluff Mtn Rd and go 4.1
    • L on Goose Gap Rd and go 4.4
    • L on Whites School Rd and go 0.6
    • L on US-441 N
    • If going to Alcoa Hwy go 13.4
      • R on ramp to TN-168 (John Sevier Hwy) * L on TN-168 W and go 6.7
    • If going to Atlanta, go 20.2 to ramp to I-40 W

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Navigation
    • It is a big activation zone. Coming up the road from Horse Cove Rd, once you round the bend to the left, you are in the zone.
  • Summit altitude: 3069’
  • GPS tracks/waypoints: Official Summit: 35.8119, -83.6672

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: No
  • Space to guy mast: No
  • Cell coverage: AT&T (VZN and APRS not tested)
  • Unique features: Summit is full of towers and power lines. The only wire antenna I could fit was to run a near-vertical sloper off the side of the fire tower or to throw a line over a tree in the “corner” (above poison ivy). Any place else near the summit was just too close to a power line or an air conditioning noise source.