Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Huckleberry Knob

Drive Guide - Huckleberry Knob from Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:15
  • Google Maps URL from Atlanta (33.91998, -84.33898): https://tinyurl.com/huckleberry-2
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions: CAUTION: Confusing route. I missed a turn in 2014.
    • I-285 W
    • I-75 N
    • I-575 / GA-5 N and go 75 miles
    • @ Blue Ridge McDonalds, continue straight on GA-515 (as GA-5 turns L). Go 1.9
    • L on GA-60 Go only 1.9
    • R on GA-60 Spur – PAY ATTENTION HERE – and go 7.6
    • Straight on NC-60 and go 5.0
    • R on US-74E (follow 74E!) and go 30.4
    • L on US-129N and go 13.0
    • L on NC-143 (Cherohalla Skyway, at sign for “Joyce Kilmer Mem Forest”) and go 3.4
      • Google maps will try and shortcut you to turn left early, just as you reach Robbinsville. Don’t!
      • Continue through Robbinsville to where NC-143 turns L just before US-129 crosses the river.
    • R on NC_143 and go 16.0
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Robbinsville, NC - Slow service at 2 different times of day. 5 minutes per person in line. Wendy’s served me a stale bun.
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Murphy, NC

Huckleberry Knob from Blood Mtn

  • Duration: 2:10 (0:10 slower than Google Maps predicts)
  • Directions:
    • North (Left) on US-129 from parking and go 12.4
    • Straight, through traffic circle and go 0.1
    • L on US-76 ramp, L on US-76 and go 0.4
    • R on US-129 and go 14.3
    • R on US-129 and go 13
    • L on NC-143 (Cherohalla Skyway, at sign for “Joyce Kilmer Mem Forest”) and go 3.4
      • Google maps will try and shortcut you to turn left early, just as you reach Robbinsville. Don’t!
      • Continue through Robbinsville to where NC-143 turns L just before US-129 crosses the river.
    • R on NC_143 and go 16.0
  • Food
    • Last food in Robbinsville
    • Multiple options in Blairsville on and shortly after the US-76 segment.

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Huckleberry Knob from Wine Spring Bald

  • Duration: 1:30
  • Directions:
    • Drive downhill and go 0.7
    • R on USFS-69 and go 3.5
    • R on Wayah Rd and go 19
    • L on US-19 S and go 2.1
    • R on US-129 N and go 13.0
    • L on NC-143 (Cherohalla Skyway) and go 3.4
    • R on NC_143 and go 16.0
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Robbinsville, NC (on right, after Ingles)

Huckleberry Knob TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:15

  • Directions:

    • L on NC_143 and go 16

    • L on NC_143 and go 3.4

    • R on US-129 and go 13

    • R on US-74 and go 30.4

    • L on NC-60 and go 5

    • S on GA-60 Spur (GA-60S) and go 7.6

    • L on GA-60 and go 1.9

    • R on GA-515 and go 1.9

    • S on GA-5 / I-575 and go 75 miles

Trail Guide

  • Duration:
    • Up: 0:30 (0.9 mile, climb 400’); Down: 0:20
  • Navigation
    • Follow the closed, grassy road from corner of parking area.
    • Pass through first clearing. Continue to follow the road through clearing. If obscured by snow, just head to north edge of clearing.
    • Follow road to summit in second clearing.
    • Activation zone: When the trail enters the clearing on Huckleberry Knob, you are 60’ below the high point. If you need to, you can operate from here.
  • Trailhead altitude: 5290
  • Summit altitude: 5580
  • Grid: EM85ah
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Parking: 35.3135, -83.9911
    • Trailhead: 35.314, -83.991
    • Summit: 35.3221, -83.9938

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: not on top; there are some low trees at the edge of the clearing, which are just inside the activation zone. You could run something between them, but I don’t think any are 30’ tall.
  • Space to guy mast: yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=no in 2015; Vzn=OK in 2014, no in 2015; APRS=OK in 2015.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Hemlock Knob