We made a 2 day backpacking trip out of the Slaughter Creek -> AT -> Jarrard Gap loop. Arrived the first night at Lake Winfield Scott rec. area, car camped at the public camping area there, and then headed out on the Slaughter Creek Trail the next day. Where the Slaughter Creek trail intersects with the AT, there are some stone stairs leading uphill that will take you past the Blood Mtn Tent Pads (our 2nd camp) and continue to the summit of Blood Mtn. We set up camp and left our gear at the tent pads prior to heading to the summit of Blood Mtn and back down. The next morning, headed back downhill on the AT to where the Slaughter Creek intersects, and continued down the AT until we came to a large, group campsite with signposts. The "Lake Winfield Scott" sign pointed to the right at the trail intersection, however that was a bit confusing b/c after 20 yards down what looked to be a forestry service road, a trail w/ blue blazes branced off to the left. We were unsure of which path was the Jarrard Gap trail to Lake Winfield Scott. After some deliberation, we took the blue blazed trail instead of the road, which ended up being correct. The loop was fabulous, moderate hiking, very scenic, and fall colors were superb. The only downside was there could have been some additional signage to avoid confusion, and also we were given a $50 citation by a ranger for having a campfire at the Blood Mtn Tent Pads. Apparantly campfires are banned there, but when it's 35 degrees at night, it's tough to resist building one to stay warm!