Drive Guide - Waterrock Knob from Atlanta

  • Duration: 161 miles, 2:50
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/lCgm3
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Parkway closed in winter. Check the BRP Closure Map.
  • Directions:
    • I-285 to I-85. On I-85 go N 16.6
    • I-985/GA-365 and go 52.6
    • US-23N and go 14.2
    • Merge onto Great Smoky Mtn Expressway (still US-23) and go 12.4
    • L to Blue Ridge Pky access and go 0.5
    • R onto Blue Ridge Pky and go 7.6
    • R to Waterrock Knob parking and go 0.3
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: 329 Franklin Plaza, Franklin, NC (poor service)
    • Penultimate McD: Clayton, GA (busy on Saturday mornings)
    • Antepenultimate: Cornelia, on Level Grove Rd (just BEFORE Cornelia)

Drive Guide - Waterrock Knob from Barnett Knob (W4C/WM-055)

  • Duration: 20 minutes, 11 miles
  • Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/RRAZUgdEU7Q2
  • Directions:
    • Right turn on Parkway and go 11
    • L on Waterrock Knob driveway and go 0.3

Drive Guide - Waterrock Knob from Richland Balsam (W4C/WM-003)

  • Duration: 20.4 miles, 30 minutes
  • Google Maps URL from Richland Balsam: http://goo.gl/maps/yL0gu
  • Directions:
    • Head north (turn right exiting parking) on Blue Ridge Pky and go 20.1
    • R to Waterrock Knob Parking (between mile markers 450 & 451) and go 0.3.
      • Has restrooms

Drive Guide - Waterrock Knob to Atlanta

  • Duration: 162 miles, 2:50
  • Directions:
  • Head away from parking lot, back to Parkway (0.3 miles)
  • L on Blue Ridge Parkway and go 7.7
  • L on exit road to Smoky Mtn Expressway/US-23/US-74 and go 0.5
  • R on US-23/US-74 and go 13.0
  • Exit R to US-441 S and go xx to Clayton GA
  • Follow GA-365 S to I-985 S to I-85 S

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0.4 miles, 0:25 up, 0:20 down (not hurrying)
  • Navigation: Follow trail north from north end of parking lot
  • Trailhead altitude: 5800
  • Summit altitude: 6247
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Parking: 35.46023, -83.14121
    • Trailhead: 35.46094, -83.14085
    • Summit: 35.4642, -83.1377

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: No. You could run something semi-horizontal at about 15-20 feet.
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T(2015)=No, AT&T(2014)=OK, Verizon=OK, APRS=OK