Blood Mountain Trail

Hood, Georgia

Blood Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Blood Mountain Trail Reviews

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4/7/2018
Stunning views. Great hike.
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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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7/20/2009
Pleasant ascending hike to several nice outcrops and peak. Saw a copperhead ingesting a mouse on a rock to the side of the trail at the peak. Amazing.
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10/23/2008
Wow... Nice test at the beginning. Beautiful view from the top. The highlight is the Freeman Trail on the way back. Wonderful single track - rock hopping fun. The trees were beautiful. Azaleas line the trail and it must be incredible in the spring.
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7/25/2008
Great hike up and down Blood Mountain. Very quiet on weekdays. Spectacular views from the top. Great flatrocks to gaze and picnic. In addition to the up and down trail you can incorporate an additional loop that take you around the midrim of the mountain so that you ascend and decend the mountain from separate trails. The additional loop plus mountain climb create a 4-5 hour trip including rest and lunch time.
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Trail Information

Hood
Nearby City
7.2
Distance
1,461 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Spring or fall
Season
3,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,461 feet
Top Elevation
Chattahoochee National Forest, Brasstown Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Neels Gap
Local Maps
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