Memorial Plaque at Ochs Gateway

Memorial Plaque at Ochs Gateway

Former location of Memorial Plaque

Former location of Memorial Plaque

Jerry Patten near Ochs Gateway

Jerry Patten near Ochs Gateway

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Ochs Gateway

Ochs Gateway provides access to the southern trails on the mountain. To reach the trailhead, drive south on Scenic Highway (Highway 148) towards Covenant College. From the fountain, you will go a total of about 1.8 miles, turning right at the four way stop and crossing into Georgia. Some distance further, immediately before the driveway to the College, turn right on Jupiter Road, which leads directly to a gravel parking area at the trailhead.

Across Jupiter Road from the trailhead, you will notice a footpath leading up the hill towards the rear of Covenant College. It is a steady climb of 0.17 miles up to the College, but there are two stone benches strategically placed along the way as rest stops. The uppermost bench is situated in a patio around a large rock which once contained a plaque, now moved down the trail, commemorating the dedication of the trail in 1938. If one walks south from the plaque on the old road behind the College for 0.2 miles, a sandy dirt road on the right will lead to Jackson Cemetery, the burial ground of the Jackson family who settled this area following the Cherokee land lottery in 1838. Past the cemetery, this same sandy road leads 0.17 miles down through the woods to emerge on Jupiter Road 400 feet south of the Ochs Gateway trailhead.

The gateway honors Adolph and Milton Ochs, the driving forces behind the preservation of Lookout, but it is worth remembering that this point of entry was made possible by John A. Chambliss, who donated a corridor of land and helped to blaze the trail which now exists. Without the vision of Mr. Chambliss in setting aside this gateway as well as the land below in Reflection Riding, there would be no easy access to the magnificent trails below.

Continue Your Hike

From the top of Sunset Rock, the trail leads to the left 0.12 miles to the Bluff Trail. You can turn left the Bluff Trail south towards Convenant College or turn right and proceed about a mile on the Bluff Trail to Point Park.


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