Mt Oglethorpe is much more easily accessible via Monument Road whiich, unlike Big Canoe is not gated. Take Ga 136 from Jasper or 52 to 136 from Dawsonville to Mounument Rd. go south for about 2+ miles and then it becomes a gravel road. At the end of the gravel road is a gate stating it is private and as of November 2011, specifically says "No hikers". ( I have recently bought a house off of Monument Rd. and plan to send the owner a note requesting permission to go to the summit).
There are some very nice hiking trails in the Dawson Wildlife Management area accessed from Monument Rd. with 4 waterfalls on Falls Creek. As of January 2012 access requires a GORP pass which must be purchased in advance. They can be bought online or at retailers http://www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass.
(Note-Google Maps show the summit to be on Sourwood Circle. From looking at county property tax records it appears that is incorrect. It is at the end of Monument Road.)
Adriana, thanks. I have posted this information on the main page. Enjoy the GA mtns!
I finally got around to sending Mr. James Powell a note asking for permission to go to the summit. He graciously called me a few weeks later and gave me permission. We drove to the gate about 2.2 miles from the end of the asphalt part of Monument Road and through one open gate to a second gate that was locked. We then walked maybe .2 mile gradual uphill slope to the top. At the summit, as was reported before were a cluster of ugly transmission towers surrounded by equally ugly chain link fences. Off to the right in the woods was a south facing wooden observation deck. The view was as shown in these pictures, but on the hazy day we were there Atlanta was not visible. There were no signs indicating the presence of the AT Terminus at this location. All in all, kind of sad.
The property owner of record at this time, per the Pickens County property tax records is
Mr. James R. Powell
248 Beason Road
Calhoun, GA 30701
He indicated that they had been experiencing increasing problems with vandalism which is why they revised the No Trespassing signs to include No Hikers.
Glad you obtained permission and made it to the summit. I will update the main page with the contact info. Thank you.
We have great news about Mt. Oglethorpe. The owner of >100 acres around the summit has initiated plans for a park at Mt. Oglethorpe which will allow the public access. A groundbreaking/dedication was held in December 2013 but it will not be open to the public until sometime in 2014.
That is great news, thanks. I will post an update on the SP page.
Just a quick status update. Eagle's Rest at the end of Monument road is now open. Mountain Stewards have made two very nice walking paths. The shortest one is a 1/2 mile easy walk around the summit. The second path, which is partially completed, will be 2 miles long and more challenging. It is truly a place of rest and meditation. There is currently a deck on the property that faces east. With financial support from the community they plan to add 3 more observation platforms, toilets and an outdoor pavilion/classroom. There are tentative plans for a Summer Solstice celebration on June 21, 2014
This was filmed on Easter Sunday 2014.
Thank you, Adriana. I will update the page accordingly.