Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Snowbird Mtn

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

  • Duration: 1:10, 26 miles
  • Google Maps URL : Click here or https://tinyurl.com/lemon-snow
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Google knows a more direct route; following it is hard and took much longer than estimated.
  • Directions:
    • L 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 / Cold Springs Creek Rd and go 3.7
    • I-40 West and go 7.3. Exit 451 Waterville Rd.
    • Continue at “Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain from I-40 West”

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

  • Duration: 1:20, ? miles
  • Google Maps URL :
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Google knows a more direct route, but it is tough to follow 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. Then follow the drive guide from Lemon Gap.

Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain from I-40 West

  • 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)
    • Too steep to drive to the top in 2WD. Park in 90° pull-out on L at 35.7987,-83.0458. (Room for 2 small cars.) There are multiple spots where the road is so steep that 2WD spins its tires as gravel flows downhill, and the steepness doesn’t end until you reach the sharp turn just before the summit.

Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain from Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:45
  • Google Maps URL from Atlanta (33.917, -84.3378):
  • 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
    • Continue at “Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain from I-40 West”

Drive Guide - Snowbird Mountain TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:45
  • Directions:
    • Head downhill 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. Follow the main 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 (100’) trail heading SW from the bend (behind the pole), and it parallels the road to the top. It is 200’ more walk, but nicer than walking the road.
    • VORTAC at 1.3. Follow the AT east about 0.1 to 35.7886,-83.05038, to avoid VORTAC QRM. Don’t activate near the VORTAC – it is just an ugly space. If you walk 200’ along the AT, there’s a nice camping spot with a lovely view of the mountains. (No shade.)
    • Not only is the road too steep for 2WD, it is too steep to comfortably walk. In 2019, I started the walk feeling good and freshly caffeinated. By the time I reached the sharp left, where the steepness ends, I was resting after every few steps.
  • 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: 2019: ATT yes; APRS unknown.