Summit Series: Pinnacle Knob

Overview. The trek to Pinnacle Knob is a moderate summit hike that is readily accessible from Clayton, GA. For those looking for a quick hike to a nice overview, the trail to Pinnacle Knob is an excellent choice.

History. The trail to Pinnacle Knob is a side hike on the expansive Bartram Trail. The trail initially followed a steep drainage swale on Pinnacle mountain. In light of its desireable overlook features, short distance and accessibility, however, it had become a popular hiking destination and was beginning to cause some serious erosion and runoff problems. As such, it was recently re-routed and now consists of a series of switchbacks following the northeastern side of Pinnacle Mountain before skirting the mountain’s southern ridge towards its summit.

The Hike. Roundtrip: Approx. 4 miles; Difficulty: Moderate.

To trail to Pinnacle Knob is readily accessible from the Bartram Trail, via the Courthouse Gap trailhead. From the parking areas, walk north on Courthouse Gap road for approx. .25 miles to an access trail on the left. This is the Courthouse Gap trailhead. The Pinnacle Knob trail comes in to the Bartram Trail at approx .25. Go right to begin ascent of Pinnacle Mountain. The summit is approximately 1.5 miles from the beginning of the Pinnacle Knob trail head.

Getting There. From Clayton, head north on Highway 441. Take a right on Pinnacle Mountain Rd. and follow for approximately 1 mile. Take a left on Courthouse Gap Rd. and follow for approximatley .75 miles. Take Courthouse Gap Rd. to a power cut. Parking is available on either side of Courthouse Gap Rd. The Courthouse Gap trail head is on the left approximately .2 miles from parking area.