Rocky Mountain via Indian Grave Gap Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 2.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 7.1 Easy
Medium
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
860
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Rocky Mountain via Indian Grave Gap

The popular way up Rocky Mountain in north Georgia is from Unicoi Gap, but if the parking lot is full or you want a little more solitude on the way up, try this alternative. From the other side of the mountain, begin at Indian Grave Gap, travelling up the Appalachian Trail 860 feet in just over a mile. Two nice views to the south reward your hard work.

Getting to Indian Grave Gap will most likely require a vehicle with some ground clearance or 4-wheel drive. There is a creek crossing right as you turn on to Indian Grave Gap road and unless the water level is very low you're not going to want to try in a sedan. I've been told Tray Mountain Road from the south is accessible by sedan, but would be a bumpy ride.

There's room for 5-10 cars to park at Indian Grave Gap. The AT crosses the road without indication of which direction is northbound or southbound. This hike heads south along the AT on the same side of the road as the parking pull-off. You should quickly pass a sign with the mileage to Unicoi Gap or you're going the wrong way.

The trail immediately climbs up Rocky Mountain at a steep rate, helped along by numerous sets of stone steps, making the trip all that more taxing. Near the top, angled bare rocks make the path more difficult if wet.

Just before reaching the first open view, you'll have several partial views as you hike along the steep hillside. At just under a mile you'll reach the first open view, and another tenth of a mile later a second one. Both views are aided by bare rock which provides a gap in the surrounding trees and brush. Look for Yonah Mountain in the distance.

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Details
length2.3 miles
difficulty7.1 Easy-Medium
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain860 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.792994, -83.714264 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.58, W 83°42.86 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°47'35'', N 34°47'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.792994, -83.714264 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.58, W 83°42.86 most GPS units use this one
N 34°47'35'', N 34°47'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The shortest way to Indian Grave Gap is from Indian Grave Gap Road off GA-17/GA-75. There is a creek crossing immediately that will require a vehicle with at least some ground clearance. You can also get there from Tray Mountain Road further south on GA-17/GA-75 near Helen. I have been told that sedans can make it but it's still recommended to have a vehicle with ground clearance or 4-wheel drive.
Parking Capacity
5-10 vehicles.
Notes
There are some bare rock sections that can be slippery when wet.
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hikethesouth-1 month ago
Short Hike to Rewarding Views
This alternative for Rocky Mountain will give you more solitude and a slightly shorter hike. Good views reward the climb. You could also begin the Rocky Mountain Loop from this trailhead, going up and over Rocky Mountain and taking the blue-blazed Rocky Mountain Trail off the AT that loops back to Indian Grave Gap Road.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2018
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