Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Sassafras Mountain from Gooch Mtn

  • Duration: 0:21 from Gooch Mtn trailhead
  • Directions:
    • SW (continue) on Cooper Gap Rd. Go 0.1
    • R fork, and go 5.2
    • To use Horse Gap trailhead, continue 1.5 more.

Drive Guide - Sassafras Mountain from ATLANTA

  • Duration: 1:30
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Dirt roads; quality OK.
  • Directions:
    • WARNING: Take the route shown below
      • Google Maps for cell phone routed me via Bus. US-19, Black Mtn Rd to Grassy Gap Rd.
      • Grassy Gap Rd becomes 4WD and I had to back out.
    • GA-400/US-19 N, and go 47 miles
    • L on US-19, and go 5.1
    • R on GA-9 and go 8.0
    • Keep L onto GA-60 and go 6.9
    • L on Cooper Gap Rd and go 2.8
      • Turn is onto paved road with street sign.
      • L fork at 1.6 (stay on Cooper Gap Rd)
      • Pavement ends at 2.0; road degrades at 2.5.
    • —- Park on L here for Gooch Mtn trailhead. Take AT to R.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Dahlonega
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Hwy 53, Dawsonville, just north of Cumming

Drive Guide - Sassafras Mountain from Springer Mtn

  • Duration: 0:40, 10 miles
  • Google Maps URL:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Dirt roads; quality OK.
  • Directions:
    • Left out of the Springer Mtn parking and go 2.6
    • Keep left onto Winding Stair Gap Rd and go 3.6. * If you need cell signal, just as you turn onto WSG Rd you will briefly get it. * There are TWO roads to your left. Left-most goes downhill, near-left goes uphill. Take the uphill left. * At 2.4 of 3.6, bear R.
    • Keep R (on main road - Appalachian Blue Ridge Rd) and go 3.7
    • This section was VERY muddy. I don’t think I could have driven it in the other direction. You really should have 48 hours dry before driving this.
    • Park at the + intersection.
  • Food: none

Drive Guide - Sassafras Mountain (Horse Gap T-head) TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 1:30
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Dirt roads; quality OK.
  • Directions:
    • East on Appalachian Blue Ridge Rd. (Facing the road from AT, turn R.) Go 1.5
    • R at T (other Sassafras Mtn trailhead) onto Coopers Gap Rd and go 2.8
    • L on (paved) Camp Wahsega Rd and go 8.4
    • R on Business US-19 S and go 2.2
    • L on Main St and go 0.2
    • R on Mechanic St and go 0.2
    • R on Morrison Moore Pky and go 0.4
    • L on US-19 S and go 5
    • R on US-19 and go 46

Trail Guide - Coopers Gap Rd

  • Duration: 0:35, walk 0.7 miles, gain 510’. Down = 0:25
  • Navigation
    • Take the AT West for 0.75 miles.
    • Summit is to R of trail. A little past the apparent summit, there’s a side trail to your right. Follow it 20’ to a camping spot.
    • Watch for poison ivy!
  • Trailhead altitude: 2815
  • Summit altitude: 3340
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead (Cooper Gap Rd): 34.653, -84.08453
    • Summit: 34.6531, -84.094

Trail Guide (supplement) - Horse Gap

  • Duration: 0:40, walk 1.1 miles, gain 662’. Down = 0:25.
    • Trailhead (Horse Gap): 34.65568,-84.10542

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Tough
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=yes 2016, Verizon=yes 2015, APRS=yes 2015
  • Unique features: none

Plan-B Candidates

  • Black Mtn & Big Cedar Mtn