Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Mt Pisgah

Drive Guide - Mt Pisgah from Green Knob

  • Duration: 20 minutes (includes a stop for soft drink at the “country store”)
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Blue Ridge Parkway closed in winter
  • Directions:
    • Head East/North on BRP and go 6.7
    • After passing long parking on L, bear R at Buck Spring (paved rd w/grass triangle). Go 0.1
    • Drive through first parking to far end of 2nd parking (about 0.3)

Drive Guide - Mt Pisgah to Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:35
  • Google Maps URL ending at Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • Head back to the parkway from the parking (about 0.4)
    • L on BRP and go 35.8
    • R on exit and go 0.5
    • R on US-23 S and go 13
    • Exit 81 for US-23 S and go 20.5
    • Ramp to R for US-23 S and go 73
    • I-985 S and go 24
    • I-85 S and go 16

Drive Guide - Mt Pisgah from Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:25, 177 miles
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Blue Ridge Parkway closed in winter. KI4SVM says “often access from the side Hwy 215 is available… BRP’s infoline… is highly recommended - 828-298-0398.” Check the BRP Closure Map.
  • Directions:
    • I-285 E
    • I-85 N and go 16.6
    • I-985/GA-365 N and go 52
    • US-441 N and go 44
    • Merge w/US-441 bypass / US-64 E and go 20
    • Ramp for 74 E and go 17.2
    • Choice: Do you need McDonalds?
    • Yes:
      • Stay on 74 E another 3 miles & R on US-276 S
      • After McDonalds, continue on US-276 S about 1.3
      • L on US-276 S / Pigeon Rd
    • No:
      • Exit 98 (US-23 Business) to West Waynesville and go 0.2
        • R on Hyatt Creek Rd and go 0.2
      • L on S. Main St and go 2.1
      • R on US-276 S
    • On US-276 S leaving Bus-23 go 20.7. Note: US-276 is twisty/windy average 30 MPH.
    • L on BRP access and go 0.2
    • R on BRP and go 4.2
    • R at grass triangle and go 0.3 through 1st lot and park in 2nd.
    • Trailhead is at the far (north) end of the lot.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: 825 Russ Ave, Waynesville, NC (US-276 near US-23/US-74)
    • Before that: Sylva, NC (a little off the route)
    • Before that: 329 Franklin Plaza, Franklin, NC (poor service)
    • Before that: Clayton, GA (busy on Saturday mornings)
    • Before that: Cornelia, on Level Grove Rd (just BEFORE Cornelia)

Near the trailhead

  • You turn off the parkway at MM 407.7
  • Soft drinks are available at the “Country Store” at the north end of the Mt. Pisgah lodge parking lot.
  • There is a long parking lot just south of your turn-off (and just north of the store). There are restrooms here.

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 1:10 up, 0:45 down. 1.2 miles. Slow going due to eroded trail with many large rocks. Tough on the knees.
  • Navigation: Follow the trail off the end of the last parking.
  • Trailhead altitude: about 4950’
  • Summit altitude: 5721’
  • Grid square: EM85ok
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 35.41863, -82.74795
    • Summit: 35.4257, -82.7569

      Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree:
  • Space to guy mast:
  • Cell coverage: 2014: AT&T + SMS worked; 2017: 2017: AT&T had cell + data
  • Unique features: TV antenna and observation platform on top
  • 2016: S7 QRM (presumably from TV/radio transmitters or air conditioning) on 20 meters. (I operated from the grassy area accessible by passing through the tower.)

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