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12 hours ago

A really nice hike! Not too strenuous overall, but there were definitely a few challenging spots. The views from the top of the mountain were gorgeous on a clear, cool December day. Plenty of people on the trail, but it never felt crowded.

Great hike up on a cold, but sunny, December day. Trail was a bit wet/icy in spots but a good challenge. Freeman, on the way back down, was not well marked and more difficult than the hike up. All in all it was a beautiful weekday to get out and ha e some fun.

Did this section as part of a longer one in September of 2018. Really enjoyed the trail. Plenty of water at Lance Creek. Climb wasn’t too bad. Going down the backside of Blood Mtn to Neels Gap did take a while. Pretty rocky with a lot of switchbacks.

13 days ago

Great views during our December hike, while headed up and down, 360 degrees at the top. My only criticism is too few markings in several locations where trail forks, making AllTrails GPS location checks necessary. Be certain to check your location at the top Bald area, and walk the entire loop indicated on the AllTrails App, including towards the rock-faced area on the Northern side...great views at the edge!

Great weekend of hiking and camping. The trail was hard the weekend I went because of all the rain and slippery rocks and mud.

24 days ago

It was raining when i went. looked like there would have been a great view on a sunny day. I'll definitely go back though when i can see that overlook.

great views on an awesome trail. Near the top are a row of privies provided by Army.

26 days ago

Very good hike, and absolutely stunning views. It is well worth making it to the top.

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.

30 days ago

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

1 month ago

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.

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!

1 month ago

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

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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

A hard hike, very challenging and technical at times. But a hike worth the views. Water is scarce, so plan according. 1.5 L bladder and 32 oz bottle was pushing it, but was sufficient.

This is also my first backpacking trip. Started at Horse Gap and ended at Neel Gap, 23 miles in two days.

This is a pretty cool hike.

GA-ME 3/4/17-7/5/17

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Lodestar has this hike well reviewed. I just got back, my partner and I lost the trail several times due to lack of blazes. no one on here mentioned that all the trails in the area are terribly marked with blue blazes so you can only trust the blazes to an extent. you need some serious navigation or time to complete this trail now compared to reviews done two years ago. seriously wish I listened to Lodestars review I probably wouldn't be in pain now. would hike again for the view.

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