Blood Mountain Loop

Blairsville, Georgia 30514

Blood Mountain Loop

Blood Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of Georgia’s finest circuit hikes. Enter Blood Mountain Wilderness on the Byron Reece Trail and climb to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), soaking in panoramas from large, open rock faces on the shoulder of Blood Mountain."

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"Blood Mountain at 4461 feet is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in the state of Georgia, and is a very popular destination for both overnight and day hikers since there are magnificent views from a rock outcropping at the summit.

Blood Mountain and nearby Slaughter Gap were once the site of a major battle between the Cherokee and the Creek Indians. The summit is also known for an old stone shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is still used by hikers as a backcountry shelter."

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7/15/2018
The view from the top of Blood Mountain is amazing. It's definitely for people in good shape and experienced hikers. Lots of rocky areas and steep sections and a few stream crossings. Plan on making it a day hike and make stops along the way to rest.
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7/9/2018
This is a fantastic trail with a lot of moderate to strenuous climbs. Some rock scrambling is involved, too, but the views from the peak of Blood Mountain are out of this world! There is a lot of water along the way, which my dog really loved. This is a really wonderful section of the Appalachian Trail.
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4/7/2018
Stunning views. Great hike.
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1/29/2018
This hike was beautiful. It was strenuous and in winter is very icy. I wouldn’t recommend for inexperienced hikers.
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6/21/2013
Very steep trail. We started from the trailhead right after you pass the Neel Gap store on 129 and it was only 4.4 miles from our car to the top and back. We finished in 3 hours with time to enjoy the views at the top. The old shelter at the summit was really neat to see, and I almost stepped on a Copperhead! Watch out!
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12/2/2012
My kids enjoyed playing in the stone shelter at the summit. The 2+ mile hike to the summit is a bit much for a 5 year old but my 7 year old had a blast.
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10/24/2012
moderate climb - fall leaves 60% gone by this time. 40's and rain - peaceful climb
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8/15/2010
Great 2.5hr fitness hike on AT-Freeman Trail-AT-to top of Blood Mountain and back to Hwy 19. Great views from large granite formations on top. Trail is fairly rocky/bouldery which makes it very engaging and not just a gentle stroll in the GA woods.
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12/27/2009
Did a simple out-and-back from the parking area. Nice hike. Great views in the winter. Be ready though... LOTS of people out here on the weekend, even in late December. Plenty of places to rest, grab a catnap or just sit and soak in the scenery. The shelter at the summit is interesting. 1:10 up and less than an hour back to the car.
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10/1/2009
This was a fantastic hike on a clear 68 degree day. Took the Slaughter gap trail from Winfield Scott, then to the Applacian Trail. The hike was strenous but the price was well worth the views at the top. The only bummer was my camera malfunctioned and lost all my photos. This hike is worth repeating.
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Trail Information

Blairsville
Nearby City
5.9 miles
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
3,010 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,458 feet
Top Elevation
Views
Features
Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge Ranger District: 706-745-6928, www.fs.usda.gov/conf
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #777 Springer and Cohutta Mountains; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Chattahoochee National Forest; USGS Neels Gap
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018