Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Levelland

  • Duration: 1:35
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/ESfYO
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: All seasons, all weather roads.
  • Directions:
    • N on GA-400 from I-285 for 47 miles
    • L on US-19 N and follow for 26.2
    • 0.5 past Walasi-Yi, L into Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Parking area (38 spaces)
      • Parking demand often exceeds spaces.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: 35 Mountain Dr, Dahlonega GA (you go right past it)
    • Penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-53 (38 miles north of I-285)
    • Dinner: Smokin’ Gold Barbecue - 59 East Main St, Dahlonega, GA.

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 1:45 up; 1:00 down. 1.8 miles
  • Navigation
    • Walk up to Walasi-Yi and take the AT to the east.
    • Total distance 1.9 miles. Climbs about 900’
    • Water: If you need water, there is a spigot under the bay window on the right side (facing the front door) of Walasi-Yi. The outfitter permits hiker use.
  • Trailhead altitude: 2975’ (at Blood Mtn parking lot)
  • Summit altitude: 3900’
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Summit: 34.7322, -83.903
    • Trailhead/parking: 34.74206, -83.92217

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T and Verizon and APRS – all good
  • Unique features:
    • Appalachian Trail passes through a building (breezeway) near the trailhead.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Blood Mountain
  • Akin Mtn
  • Gooch Mountain
  • Sassafras Mountain
  • Black Mountain (W4G/NG-022)