|Indian Grave Gap is reached via an unpaved and rough 4x4 road that requires a short stream crossing. From GA 75 north of Helen. The quickest route to Indian Grave Gap is following Indian Grave Gap Road for 3.5 miles from GA-17/GA-75. You will pass the Rocky Mountain Trail 0.8 miles before you reach Indian Grave Gap.
|Total Hike Distance:
|Moderate to Difficult
|One-Way, Shuttle Hike
|Rocky Mountain Junction (USFS 283)
|Appalachian Trail Junction/Indian Grave Gap (USFS 283)
|Rocky Mountain Trail, Appalachian Trail
|Backcountry Water Sources:
|U.S. Forest Service
|Chattahoochee National Forest
508 Oak Street NW
Gainesville, GA 30501
|Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
|Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
|The short 800' climb to Rocky Mountain is a shuttle hike that starts at the Rocky Mountain Trail on USFS 283 (Indian Grave Gap Road). There is no official parking here - you are simply pulling off the forest road.
From USFS 283 you immediately pass a sign telling you that you are on the Rocky Mountain Trail, then begin a steep 1.0 mile climb to a junction with the Appalachian Trail. Turn left at this trail junction then continue climbing the A.T. southbound for another 0.4 miles up to Rocky Mountain (4017 feet).
On Rocky Mountain, there is a small rock outcrop on the A.T. (located 20 yards past a small campsite) with scenic views to Yonah Mountain and to the south. So this is a pleasant day hike if you are looking to spend a few hours on the Trail. From Rocky Mountain, you descend 1.2 miles and 904 feet on the Appalachian Trail to Indian Grave Gap (3113 feet). So the total is 2.6 miles for this shuttle hike.
It is 0.8 miles from the Appalachian Trail at Indian Grave Gap to where you parked your first car at the trailhead for the Rocky Mountain Trail - so you can make this a loop hike by hiking the gravel USFS 283 (Indian Grave Gap Road) back to your starting point. Most people hike to the summit via a 1100 feet climb from Unicoi Gap, so this route is a less crowded approach to Rocky Mountain.