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Dick’s Knob and Chestnut Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Tate City, Ga   Hike: Dick’s Knob and Chestnut Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 2 2013  8:30 am >> Sat, Nov 2 2013 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 28 2013 8:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 1 2013 12:12 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Standing 4,620' above sea level, Dick's Knob is Georgia's 3rd highest peak if using a 200ft prominence rule.  Regardless of the prominence details, Dick's Knob is one of the highest peaks in the state, sits in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area, and is definitely worthy of visit. We enjoyed the hike to Dick's Knob so much this past spring, that we felt it warranted another trip back this autumn when the leaves are at their peak color.
The route to Dick's Knob will start from the Tate Branch Campground on the Tallulah River Rd (also called Tate City Rd).  There are no trails that go to Dick's Knob, so this hike will involve an extensive amount of "off-trail" hiking - that is, hiking in its purest form.  We will get there by means of some very steep hills, ridgelines, old logging roads, animal trails, a few worn paths, and some nonexistent paths. We will take a short excursion to the top of Chestnut Mountain, a bald with some great open views, where we will take a lunch break and enjoy the views. The hike will be from 9 to 10 miles in length, have approximately 3,000 feet of total ascent with some very steep sections, so if you have not completed any recent D4/D5 hikes your trip leader will be contacting you to determine if this hike is appropriate for you.
Although your trip leader has completed this hike in the past, a significant portion of the hike is on unmaintained trails and off-trail, so there is always the potential for changes in the forest that may require us to alter our route slightly - but those are the things that make this type of hike fun.  If you're into going places where not many have been and taking routes that haven't been taken, then this hike will be right 'up your alley'.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Water or sports drink (2.5 liters minimum)
  • Lunch and snacks to keep energy levels up for a 6 hour hike
  • Sturdy Hiking shoes/boots (tennis/athletic shoes are NOT appropriate)
  • Dress in layers - long pants/shirt sleeves recommended
  • A positive and flexible mindset - yep, it's a requirement.
  • Cash for your carpool driver, if riding.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • Gloves (leather is preferable, as it helps if/when moving branches or briers)
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes for the ride home... it's highly probable that you will get dirty.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet to begin the event at the entrance to the Tate Campround, which is the second campground after the Tallulah River Rd becomes gravel.  Coordinates of the campground entrance are:  N 34 57.318' W 83 33.130'


I will have detailed directions to the event.  If you would like a map with directions ahead of time, you can paste the above coordinates into Google Maps.


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


We plan to stop in Clayton after the hike for dinner. If you do not wish to stop for dinner, then you should make that known at the carpool and arrange your own transportation.

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