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Looking up from the parking lot was intimidating, my wife and I joked about doing the winery instead. We are 60+ hikers and don’t give up easily, so up we went, and made it to the top. Apple watch says 5.06 miles, 1542 feet elevation, 3 hours and 19 seconds, including lunch and photo stops. This was a cool November hike, so no wildflowers or leaf colors, but the views were spectacular, well worth the effort.

Great workout and views. Can be busy during nice times of the year.

excellent short hike!

Byron-Reece to Freeman and then up the backside of Blood Mountain via the AT is the easier direction of travel. As other reviewers say, this is a challenge and took a solid 5 hours with stops for pics and lunch, but it’s a great hike in the fall/winter. Trekking poles will make life easier. Be sure to head east on the AT for about 100 yards at the intersection of Byron-Reece and Freeman to see the balancing boulder.

I wouldn’t call this hike easy. It’s not bad as far as incline goes... it has a couple of relatively steep inclines but nothing crazy... but the trail itself is really narrow at parts and has a lot of rocks, slippery spots, and tree trunks. We hike weekly and I found this a little rough in terms of navigating the terrain. We also had two dogs with us which made the narrow trails difficult to pass. Very pretty and enjoyable tho

We loved this trail, but found it to be poorly marked where you go up the hill. We weren’t sure exactly the right way to go and doubled back the way we came.

This is one of my N Ga favorites. Great views at the top, rugged trails, and always a few other happy hikers! All the trails are well marked and easy to follow, but it’s not just a nature walk so be prepared.

This is a great.view with a great hike!

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4 days ago

Beautiful scenery! Trail was fine first part.. last mile was difficult, BUT worth it when you reached the top. Loved it.

Definitely worth the hike! The bamboo forest was the best reward at the end!

Hiked this past weekend, super crowded day on the AT. Lots of people at all the overlooks. Looped back on the Freeman Trail which was far less populated.

Super fun getaway from the city! We’re still searching for the bamboo forest.

one of my favorite hikes in atlanta. so many trails so you never do the same hike twice. the creek is pretty and good for dogs. parking is limited.

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10 days ago

This hike was the first hike I ever took my girls on. It was super easy. We saw deer and all other sorts of woodland creatures. They loved looking for fairy houses!

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10 days ago

This is a great trail to hike for beautiful long range views! There are many rock outcroppings along the way. It was rocky and rooty in some places. My girls are experienced hikers, but we were unprepared for this trail. (We didn’t bring enough snacks to keep them happy and energized). LOL! But the views made it all worth wild!

Fantastic trail with varying terrain and scenery. I love taking landscape photographs and my only “complaint” would be every expansive vantage point was inhibited by fauna (I wasn’t even going that wide at 24mm).

From our campsite in Vogel we tracked this as 8 miles. After the first mile it is all uphill to Blood Mountain. If you are used to hiking elevation it is not bad, if not it will be a challenge. The view at the top is beautiful. You hike a combination of the Bear Hare, Coosa, Duncan Ridge and AT trails. Favor left on the way up and right on the way down but it is marked well.

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11 days ago

Fun hike! Steady incline.

Views that’ll make you smack yo mama. Tough hike but totally worth the sweat. Get a pic on the rock up top. You’ll know the one.

This is one of our favorites. It’s close the kids love it and it’s beautiful in the fall!

My favorite trail!!!

So many different trail options and you feel like you’re out of the city.

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20 days ago

Nice cardio trail. Rocky in parts. Bring poles if possible. View fantastic at the top :)

Nice trail. Not all the trail is hard, but there are definitely parts that are a challenge. Met and talked to several really nice people along the trail. Took our fur baby and she did great. So by e to have a challenging trail she can hike with us. Several camp sites along the way with wood already there. We will take the kids next time.

Beautiful fall day and a great afternoon hike with the dog.

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22 days ago

Starting out with a big parking lot with restrooms was so nice! Easy hike up. Gradual incline all the way to the top. We got there at 9:00 am and it was a little cloudy from all the rain the day before. Shocked at the people we saw on the trail. Coming down, we probably passed 50 people heading up. Great place to camp and hike.

I must say this was a beautiful yet challenging hike. I started on BR trail to Freeman then AT and back in 7.33 miles and right under 4 hours. I was all alone until the rest shelter on Blood Mountain. It was very rocky yet breathtaking. I would do it again but go AT to Freeman. Give it a whirl!

Beautiful day for a “Hump Day Hike” today! We decided to take the Freeman Loop when we reached the AT from the Byron Reece Parking Lot! Unfortunately we saw the sign and went straight down the big rocks that looked like a trail! Wasted some time when we couldn’t find the trail & had to double back to look for the Trailhead which we eventually found to the right! There is a sign but the trailhead isn’t obvious! Once we got started, we had a quiet hike on the Freeman Trail then met some great hikers the rest of our trip! Beautiful views at the top! Lots of folks, dogs, & 1 infant but didn’t seem crowded! I also wore an orange vest because I heard it was deer season but took it off when several hikers told me it was only needed on some trails to the South! A fun day!

Absolutely stunning views. Lots of places to camp on different elevations of the mountain. It’s marked perfectly, and the pay off at the top is so worth the hike.

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