Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Roan High Knob to Atlanta

  • Duration: 4:45, 265 miles - Note: Google says it is 4:20. My 2015 experience is that you need 4:45 (plus any time for pit stops).
  • Directions:
    • I-285 to I-85 N
    • In Greenville, SC: I-185 N and go 1.6
    • Exit 15, US-25 N and go 39
    • I-26 W and go 45
    • Exit 9, US-19 N and go 10.7
    • US-19E N and go 6.9 (last McDonalds is on this stretch)
    • L on NC-197 and go 3
    • R on Fork Mtn Rd and go 4.2
    • L on NC-261 N and go 9.1
    • L on seasonally gated road 1348 and go 1.6.

Drive Guide - Carvers Gap to Roan High Knob (Cloudland Trailhead)

  • Duration: 0:10, 1.6 miles
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: $3 ($5?) to park. Road gated at Carvers Gap in bad weather.
  • Directions:
    • Follow gated, paved road 1348 WSW (up hill) and go 1.6
    • Big parking lot on R. Restrooms here.

Drive Guide - High Rock to Roan High Knob (Cloudland Trailhead)

  • Duration: 1:25, 57 miles
  • Google Maps URL from 35.95440, -82.56102 to 36.10397, -82.13317: http://goo.gl/maps/u5KcU
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: $3 ($5?) to park. Road gated at Carvers Gap in bad weather.
  • Directions:
    • Head south for 3.2 miles, generally paralleling I-26.
      • If you parked in the paved lot just before I-26, you will be heading away from I-26.
    • R on 23-Alt, to cross I-26
    • L to enter I-26 and go 5.9
    • Exit for US-19 N and loop under I-26
    • US-19 N and go 10.8
    • S on “19E” N and go 6.9
    • L on NC-197 N and go 6.7
    • R on NC-197 N and go 4.5
    • L on NC-226 N and go 3
    • R on Fork Mtn Rd and go 4.2
    • L on NC-261 N and go 9.2
    • L onto 1348 at state line and AT and go 1.7
    • Big parking lot on R. Restrooms here.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds:
    • Penultimate McDonalds:
    • Dinner

Drive Guide - Roan High Knob to Atlanta

  • Duration: 4:45, 263 miles
  • Directions:
    • Turn L out of parking lot and go 1.6
    • R on NC-261 S and go 9.2
    • R on Fork Mtn Rd and go 4.2
    • L on NC-226 S and go 3
    • R on NC-197 S and go 4.5
    • L on NC-197 S and go 6.7
    • R on US-19E S and go 6.9
    • S on US-19 S and go 10.8
    • I-26 E and go 18.3
    • Continue on I-26 E and go 26.8
    • US-25 S and go 27.0
    • R on US-25 S and go 11.6
    • R on I-185 S and go 0.7
    • I-85 S and go 125
    • I-285

Drive Guide - Roan High Knob TO Knoxville

  • Duration: 150 miles, 2:55 (actual time in 2015)
  • Directions:
    • Head downhill on SR-1348 and go 1.6
    • L on TN-143 N and go 12.7
    • L on US-19E N and go 10.2
    • L on TN-361 W and go 2.5
    • S on TN-362 N and go 5.8
    • L on TN-362 N and go 0.2
    • L on US-321 S and go 4.4 (cell signal somewhere near here)
    • R on I-26 W and go 15
    • I-81 S and go 57
    • I-40 W and go 35

Trail Guide from Cloudland (short route)

  • Duration: 0.8 miles, 250’ climb
    • After 2 other summits: 0:30 up, 0:20 down (in 2014)
    • After 1 other summit and not exhausted: 0:20 up, 0:20 down (in 2015)
  • Note: Flush toilets and a water fountain at trailhead.
  • Navigation
    • If you follow the trail at the restroom end of the parking lot, you’ll come to the AT, where you turn R. There is a surprising amount of descent before the trail turns up. This descent is heavily eroded.
      • To avoid the eroded part, you can walk back down the paved road. After a few hundred yards, you’ll pass a gated road on your R. There will be some big rock on your L and a faint trail. This trail runs about 100’ to the AT, where you can turn R. I took this route (in reverse, when I hiked out on 9/27/2014.)
    • At restroom end of parking lot, take connector trail to AT.
    • R on AT.
    • After you’ve been climbing for a while, when you’re beside the summit (or just a little past), the trail will turn slightly down. This is where you’ll find the blue blazed trail to the shelter and the summit.
  • Trailhead altitude: ??? @ 36.10397, -82.13317
  • Summit altitude: 6285 @ 36.1046, -82.1224

Trail Guide from Carvers Gap (long route)

  • Duration: 1.6 miles, 1:15 up, 800’ climb
  • Navigation
    • x
  • Trailhead altitude: 5510 @ 36.1064, -82.1104
  • Summit altitude: 6285 @ 36.1046, -82.1224

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Y
  • Space to guy mast: Y
  • Cell coverage: 2014: AT&T=N, Vzn=N, APRS=Y; 2015: same
  • Unique features:
    • AT shelter on summit.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Grassy Ridge Bald W4C/EM-001.