30 miles from the terminus of the Appalachian trail, (at Springer Mountain) Blood Mountain is the second highest peak in GA, and the highest in GA on the appalachian trail at 4,459 ft. By the time through hikers reach Neel's Gap 2.2 miles from the peak, they are ready to shed some gear. The Walasi-Yi inn is a great hostel with nice folks and a great store for everything hikers need. Blood mountain has a famous rock and wood shelter/cabin that was built by the CCC in the 1930s. It is two rooms, but is notorious for mice and a skunk. Picnic rock, just above the cabin is a great place to eat lunch or dry out your gear in the sun. Nearby Vogel State Park, and Lake Winfield Scott are great recreation/camping areas. Blood Mountain and Slaughter Gap are named after a Native American battle (pre-white settlers) that was so vicious, the mountain ran red with blood (or so the story and history marker goes...).
Such a beautiful place. The hike has a few steep parts but nothing too bad! We didn't see Preacher's Rock to the left and ended up hiking an extra 2.5 miles. Parking gets very crowded and limited on weekends so get here early if you want to find a parking spot.
Robin H. on Woody Gap to Preachers Rock Trail