Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Sheriff Knob (W4G/NG-034) from Atlanta

I’m finished activating Sheriff. You could get hurt coming down this hill, and going up is just awful.

  • Duration: 1:35
  • Google Maps from Ashford Dunwoody Rd at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/c7qnk
  • Google Maps from Ashford Dunwoody, via Coosa, back to start: http://goo.gl/maps/k8uhl
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Paved, un-gated.
  • Directions:
    • From I-285 take GA-400 and go 47
    • L on US-19 N and go 5.1
    • R on GA-9 and go 13.3
    • L on US-129 and go 10.9
    • L on GA-180 and go 1.9
    • Road makes a hard left, and a dirt road continues straight (Wolf Creek Rd).
    • Park here (34.768092,-83.939545).
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Dahlonega
    • Penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-53 (38 miles north of I-285)
    • Dinner: Smoke-n-Gold Barbecue in Dahlonega

Drive Guide - Sheriff Knob from Coosa Bald

  • Duration: 0:20
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/5GaO7
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Dirt, then paved. No gates.
  • Directions:
    • Head south on Duncan Ridge Rd (toward the highway) and go 1.3
    • L on GA-180 and go 1.2
    • Road makes 180 degree turn to L, and go 0.25
    • Road makes hard R; turn L onto dirt road and park here. 34.7681,-83.9395

Drive Guide - Sheriff Knob from Gooch Mtn

  • Duration: 0:25
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/hWo23
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Dirt, then paved. No gates.
  • Directions:
    • NE on Cooper Gap Rd (back toward the AT crossing) and go 3.3
    • L on GA-60 and go 0.5
    • R on SR-180 (Wolf Pen Gap Rd) and go 9.0
    • Road makes 180 turn to L; go 0.25 more
    • Road makes hard R; park here on dirt W Wolf Creek Rd to left. 34.7681,-83.9395

Drive Guide - Sheriff Knob from Akin Mtn

  • Duration:
  • Google Maps URL:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • Head N 4.6 miles
    • R on Owltown Rd and go 5.8
    • L on Spiva Bridge way and go 0.5
    • R on US-129 and go 4.3
    • R on GA-180 and go 1.9
    • Park on dirt road

Drive Guide - Sheriff Knob to Atlanta

  • Directions:
    • East on GA-180 (straight out from the dirt road where you parked) and go 1.9
    • R on US-19 S and go 10.9
    • R on GA-9 S and go 13.3
    • L on US-19 and go 5
    • R on GA-400 and go 47 to I-285

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0:55 up, 0:30 down
  • Navigation
    • Walk 10’ up the trail, to where there are a couple of dirt-mound “bridges” across the gully. Bushwhack up.
    • Very intense, steep climb up. Tough bushwhack; do not attempt in green season; winter die-off season only.
    • The route I took coming down on Jan 26, 2014 may be better going up too.
  • Trailhead altitude: 2846
  • Summit altitude: 3420
  • GPS tracks/waypoints: 2846
    • Trailhead: 34.7681,-83.9395
    • Summit: 34.7703, -83.9339

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: The summit is heavily forested but any antenna arrangement should be possible.
  • Space to guy mast: The summit is heavily forested but any antenna arrangement should be possible.
  • Cell coverage: AT&T, Verizon, and APRS all work.
  • Unique features:

Plan-B Candidates

  • Coosa