Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Hemlock Knob

Drive Guide - Hemlock Knob from Stratton Bald

  • Duration: 0:45
  • Google Maps URL:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Road may be closed late December to mid-March. Drivable in passenger car.
  • Directions:
    • Follow USFS-81F west (away from the gate) and go about 4.8
    • Hairpin R onto USFS-81 and go 3.9 to Cherohala Skyway
    • R on Cherohala Skyway and go 6.5
    • Parking area on R.

Drive Guide - Hemlock Knob from Huckleberry Knob

  • Duration: 0:20 (13.0 miles)
  • Google Maps URL:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved all the way; Cherohala Skyway sometimes closed by snow
  • Directions:
    • Head SW on Cherohala Skyway (turn R from parking) and go 13.0
      • Mountain is to your right. The road swings left (and back) to avoid going over the top.
      • If you can’t park on the shoulder of the road here, there’s a lot in about 1/2 mile on the R.
      • Starting about 0.4 mile before the hill, there’s a parallel abandoned dirt road on your right.
  • Food
    • None

Drive Guide - Hemlock Knob from Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:00 (155 miles)
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/2qX3t
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved all the way; Cherohala Skyway sometimes closed by snow
  • Directions:
    • I-285 W
    • I-75 N
    • I-575 / GA-5 N and go 72 miles
    • L on GA-5 N in Blue Ridge, GA and go 10.2
    • L on GA-60 / TN-68 and go 36.4
    • R on Cherohala Skyway (TN-165) and go 19.2
      • The mountain is on your left, about 100 yards.
      • Possible bushwhack from here, or trail from parking 0.4 back, or find parallel dirt road to L within next 0.5.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Blue Ridge, GA, on the corner where GA-5 turns L
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Ellijay, GA, on L
    • Dinner

Drive Guide - Hemlock Knob TO Atlanta

  • Navigation
    • Go Northwest on NC-143 and go 18.9
    • L on TN-68 S and go 23.5
    • Bear R on TN-68 S and go 13.0
    • R on GA-5 S and go 10.2
    • R on GA-5 and go to Atlanta via I-575 and I-75

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0:35 up (0.7 miles); 20 minutes down
  • Navigation
    • Follow abandoned road from the entry side of parking lot (not the nice trail, at the far end of the lot).
    • Road is overgrown with rhododendron. It is passable, but won’t be in a few years. Also has many briars.
    • At 35.36124,-84.10434, you’ll see a saddle to your R. You can follow the former driveway for the (now gone) fire tower up the ridge to the summit. Caution: Many, many briars.
    • You might do better to walk to 35.36068,-84.10376 and head up the side of the hill.
    • I stopped about 20’ short of the summit, because the briars became too intense. You might have better luck from a different angle.
  • Trailhead altitude: ???
  • Summit altitude: ???
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 35.364, -84.107
    • Briar-filled side-route to summit: 35.36124,-84.10434
    • Possible bushwhack to summit: 35.36068,-84.10376
    • Summit: 35.3598, -84.1029

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Y
  • Space to guy mast: Tough. Many briars.
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=no (2015); Vzn=no (2015); APRS=yes
  • Unique features:
    • One activator encountered a bear in the blackberries.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Huckleberry Knob