Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
A hiking trail from Vogel State Park to the top of Blood Mountain. The trail is strenuous in certain portions and lightly used. The trail begins at the southern most campsites in the park. However, you must park at the park's visitor's center and walk through the campground to the Pioneer Camping area. From there follow the trail which becomes more narrow soon after passing the last campsites. It is steep in some portions. Make sure to turn left at the junction with the Bare Hare trail. From here the trail is more moderate. during the middle section it climbs the southern ridge of Blood Mountain, passing two campsites before going over Slaughter Gap and joining the A.T. which then takes you to the top of Blood Mountain. Spectacular views from Blood Mountain, including of your starting point back at Vogel State Park.
Great trail! Surprisingly quiet.
this is a great trail for scouts to practice their skills.
Great hike. The trail that connects the coosa backcountry trail to the AT isn't clearly marked from the Vogel park side. The trail that connects the coosa backcountry trail to the AT is about 3/10 of a mile on the right past the bear hair trail. The return trail from blood mountain that connects the AT to the coosa backcountry is clearly marked, Duncan Ridge trail, about 1/2 mile on the right departing from the blood mountain shelter. Excellent views after the leaves have fallen and a heavy rain a few day prior to the hike.
Our gps reading on this is more like 9 miles. That said, it's excellent training and I like that it is a fairly quiet trail. Blood Mountain doesn't have views quite as nice as some of its nearby neighbors, but you'll still get your fill on the way up. If you take the Bear Hair trail, there is a short-ish side trail to an overlook point that's pretty nice in the fall. The Bear Hair trail will add mileage but makes for an easier hike due to the more moderate ascent.
Make sure to follow the Blood Mountain sign (red blaze) at the Coosa/Bear Hair trail junction. It's not as obvious as the other trail but rest assured, it is a real trail.
We did this as a day hike while camping at Vogel State Park. The trail has so much to offer... lower open forest, a few small water falls, upper section along a ridge with views and it is very quiet and peaceful (lightly used). Bring water and food.