Note: The Patterson Gap Road to Tallulah River Road route can either be a scenic ride to Tate City and back, or it can be a portion of a longer route that connects to Upper Hightower Creek Road via Charlies Creek Road. The Tallulah River Road to Upper Hightower Creek Road trail is complete and will be available as soon as I finish preparing the data.
Traveling North into Dillard on Highway 441, turn left on Bettys Creek Road. This route begins at the intersection of Bettys Creek Road and Patterson Gap Road. The route includes approximately 32 miles of track and 43 waypoints. Of the 32 miles, a number of miles are return trip or dead end miles. For instance, the drive to Tate City on Tallulah River Road yields a dead end, you must backtrack. Also, a few side trails are backtracked. The most interesting portion of this drive is the Abe Gap Road / FS 32C connector that allows travel between Patterson Gap Road and Coleman River Road. A number of maps I have (including Google Maps) do not show this road as connecting. Be aware, this section is remote and rarely traveled. If you do not have a high clearance and/or 4wd vehicle, I would recommend bypassing the Abe Gap Road and Coleman River Road portion of this route. Instead, continue on Patterson Gap Road (rather than turning on Abe Gap Road / FS 32C) until it meets Persimmon Road. Take Persimmon Road to Tallulah River Road, providing access to Tate City and the Charlies Creek Road to Hightower Creek Road route.
Download the Patterson Gap Road to Tallulah River Road and Tate City.kmz file.