Sassafras Knob - Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Sassafras Knob from Grassy Mountain, GA (Overflow Camping Trailhead)

  • Duration: 2:15, 60 miles
  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/dBri8 (Caution. The first part of route, before the Conasauga “T” is inaccurate. It is just a straight 5.9 mile drive from the trailhead to the T.)
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Lots of dirt road. Unknown about gates.
  • Directions: (Caution. Google Maps has a weird obsession with USFS-78/78G, which is a jeep trail intersecting Old CCC Camp Rd at 34.815539, -84.666.)
    • Head away from the gate 2.5 miles
    • Pass Bald Mtn Trailhead and group camping area and go straight 3.4
    • R at Conasaugua “T” (34.84158, -84.5944) and go 3.2
    • Hairpin L on FS-90 / Wilderness Trail / Wilderness Rd and go 1.5
    • Bear L on Gates Chapel Rd and go 5.4
    • L on GA-52 and go 5.1
    • Ellijay downtown roundabout, stay on GA-52 and go 1.0
    • R to cross bridge and go 0.1
    • L on GA-515 / US-76 E and go 13.8
    • L on GA-5 at Blue Ridge McDonalds and go 10.2
    • See “Ducktown to trailhead (below)”
  • Food
    • McDonalds in Blue Ridge

Drive Guide - Sassafras Knob from Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:10, 112 miles
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/97JgH
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Lots of dirt road. Unknown about gates.
  • Directions:
    • I-285 to I-75 to I-575
    • Drive 72 miles N on I-575/GA-5 to Blue Ridge, GA
    • L on GA-5 at Blue Ridge McDonalds and go 10.2
    • See “Ducktown to trailhead (below)”
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Blue Ridge, GA
    • Penultimate McDonalds:
    • Dinner

Drive Guide - Ducktown to Trailhead

  • Caution: If Google Maps sends you on Campbell Cove Creek Rd, it is sending you onto two minor ruts across a field, which quickly develop erosion gullies so severe that you cannot get a passenger sedan through. I think you’d need pretty serious 4WD to make it through that route.
  • Caution: Kimsey Mtn Hwy is barely drivable in a passenger sedan. Road is eroded around big rocks, with some big erosion gullies.
  • L on GA-60/TN-68 at the T. Go 8 miles
  • At Vics Auto Parts, sharp L onto ironically named Kimsey Mtn Hwy (dirt road) and go 5.4
  • Road turns sharp L and the gate is on the inside of the turn. Parking space for 2 vehicles.

Drive Guide - Sassafras Knob TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:10, 112 miles
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/XWUeE
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Lots of dirt road. Unknown about gates.
  • Directions:
    • Do NOT let Google route you onto Campbell Cove Creek Rd (4WD required)
    • Head E on Kimsey Mtn Hwy (back the way you drove in) and go 5.4
    • R on TN-68 and go 8
    • R on GA-5 and go 10.1
    • R on GA-515 / GA-575 at Blue Ridge McDonalds and go 72.4
    • I-75 S to I-285 E

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 1.1 miles, 45 minutes
  • Navigation
    • Gated dirt road (FS-68A) leaves FS-68 (Kimsey Mtn Hwy) on south side of FS-68 (inside of turn).
    • Follow gated road SE about 220’; then NE about 0.4 miles.
    • Road/trail turns sharply R and heads SW 0.5 miles to ridge.
    • Road/trail turns L and goes about 400’ to high point.
  • Trailhead altitude: about 2960’
  • Summit altitude: 3322’ (climbs about 360’)
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 35.09727, -84.41943
    • Summit: 35.0941, -84.42
  • Repeaters:
    • 146.925- (Cleveland Amateur Radio Club, tone 114.8)
    • 146.610- (Chattanooga, tone 107.2)
    • Call N4AOW on simplex 146.52

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree:
  • Space to guy mast:
  • Cell coverage: ATT=no; VZN=good
  • Unique features:
    • Solar powered repeater on summit