One of Georgia's oldest and most popular state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular four-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy one-mile lake loop, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. The parks 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats. During summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach.
Hiked on 11/13/16. We originally planned to hike the Arkaquah, but it was closed due to fire. Decided to try Coosa Backcountry. Very tough hike with a few steep ascents. It took us about 9 hours to complete in one day. Lots of nice camp sights if you want to do an overnighter. A little hazy due to area fire, but still a great , challenging hike. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
Amazing views and a great trail. The parking lot was full by 10am, but there is additional parking a half mile down the mountain or along the side of the road. The trail starts fairly steep and lots of switchbacks. When we came to the first intersection, we took the trail all the way to the right to the first peak where we had lunch, continue a little further for additional peaks and to the shelter. The rest of the loop was less crowded, and we almost missed the turn off. The sign isn't super noticable, but there was someone who had set up camp across from it so we stopped to chat with them. There are lots of rocks to climb over on the second part of the loop. Overall a great tough hike. I would recommend hiking boots, but can easily be done in tennis shoes.
Completed the Coosa Back Country trail today as a day hike. The trail is very tough with intense ascents. There were still plenty of leaves on the trees, so the views were not as great as I had expected. This was a good workout - I'll be going back to do it again soon.