Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Snowbird Mtn

Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain from Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:45
  • Google Maps URL from Atlanta (33.91998, -84.33898): http://goo.gl/maps/EzDYN
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • East on I-285
    • North on I-85
    • North on I-985/GA-365
    • North on US-441 and go 63.5
    • R on US-23 N/US-64 E/Great Smoky Mtn Expressway and go 25.7
    • I-40 West and go 28.5
    • Exit 451 for Waterfille Rd
    • R onto Green Corner Rd and go 3.4 DIRT FROM THIS POINT
    • L on Green Corner Rd and go 0.4
    • R on Grassy Fork Rd and go 4.2
      • It is too steep to drive all the way to the top in 2WD. Park in 90° pull-out on L at 35.7987,-83.0458. (Room for 2 small cars.)
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds:
    • Penultimate McDonalds:
    • Dinner

Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain from Walnut Mountain (Rattlesnake Gap)

  • Duration: 1:20, ? miles
  • Google Maps URL :
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Google knows another, more direct route, but it is tough to follow in reality and it took 1:35 when Google claimed 1:00.
  • Directions:
    • South on Wolf Creek Rd (back the way you came in) and go 1.6
    • L on Round Mtn Rd and 1.1.
    • Pass Lemon Gap trailhead on your L.
    • Continue on Round Mtn Rd / Max Patch Rd and go 3.6
    • Pass Max Patch trailhead and continue 1.6
    • Keep R on 1182 (not L on 1181) and go 0.2
    • Sharp R on unnamed road at Robert Gap and go 2.5
    • R on Fall Branch Rd and go 0.5
    • S on Cold Springs Creek Rd and go 3.2
    • I-40 West and go 7.3
    • Exit 451 Waterville Rd
    • R on Green Corner Rd and go 3.4
    • L on GReen Corner Rd and go 0.4
    • R on Grassy Fork Rd and go 3.1 (turns to dirt at 1.3)
      • It is too steep to drive all the way to the top in 2WD. Park in 90° pull-out on L at 35.7987,-83.0458. (Room for 2 small cars.)

Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:45
  • Directions:
    • Head out on Grassy Fork Rd and go 4.2
    • L on Green Corner Rd and go 3.8
    • L onto I-40 East ramp and go 28
    • Exit 27 to US-74 W and go 0.3
    • US-74 W and go 25.6
    • US-23 S / US-441 S and go 98
    • I-985 S to I-85 S

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 1.5 miles, 55 minutes up; 35 down. (When very tired.)
  • Navigation
    • Walk up-hill
    • Walk past the gate
    • Follow the road to the VORTAC
    • At 1.2 miles, road makes a sharp left
      • At the sharp left, the AT can be reached via a short (150’) trail heading SW from the bend, and the AT parallels the road to the top. It is maybe 100’ more walk, but it is nicer than walking on the road.
    • VORTAC at 1.3
    • I followed the AT east from the VORTAC about 0.1 to 35.7886,-83.05038, where I found a nice spot to operate away from VORTAC QRM.
  • Trailhead altitude: ~3485’ @ 35.7987,-83.0458 parking
  • Summit altitude: 4260’ @ 35.7897, -83.0525

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: No
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: Unknown
  • Unique features:
    • VORTAC at summit