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My wife and I hike this trail on a regular basis with our two Golden Retrievers. We all love it!
There are always friendly people on the trail, and we often run into through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail
The views are fantastic!

Good hard hike with the best views I have ever seen besides the grand canyon and I'm afraid of heights so couldn't get to close to the edge. Will for sure do it again! So pretty!

This is one of my favorite trails to do soon after it rains. The sound of the river towards the beginning of the hike, paired with the altitude gained is a wonderful experience.

great hike beautiful view

Great views at the top! Hikes a good challenge as well, but definitely doable!

Great hike on a wet and foggy morning. If you are hiking during the wet season, use caution. It gets slick on the rocks!

Well maintained easy trail. Main parking lot is currently a mess the area is under construction so parking is becoming an issue due the park being highly trafficked. Found a couple areas where there's a bunch of debris and it looks like it's been there for a while. Don't be intimidated by the Heart Attack Hill is literally a tiny hill.

trail running
9 days ago

Been running the inner and outer for years. Definitely a go to if you’re in the area!

Gorgeous view at the top about 4.2 miles in. The freeman trail can get a little tricky at points since some of the markers have worn off but just keep an eye out for the light blue and you’ll be fine. Took me 3.5 hours going pretty steadily and only staying at the top for about 20mins. Took me about an hour to get back to my car from the top so keep that in mind if you’re going at sunset. Would recommend a walking stick of some sort if it’s rained recently bc there are many slippery parts.

Great trail, get the steep stuff out of the way during the first two miles on a very clearly marked path. Second part is a more interesting trail that involves a bit more scrambling but still all clearly marked.

Wet today. Walk along the river for first mile or so, then through the lightly wooded area to the dam. Not great, but in town and less crowded than alternatives

The paper mill ruins are worth the trip. It is amazing to think the stacked stone walls were built over 160 years ago.

We have completed this trail on several occasions and is our top pick for places to bring out of state visitors if we want to do an outdoor activity.

This trail offers views of the ruins from a 19th century mill and awesome sights of the river with its many rapids. There are almost always people swimming in shallow pools along the river and hammocking along the banks in warm months.

There is little to no change in elevation but the difficulty rating comes into play about halfway through the trail as it gets narrow and VERY rocky. It can be difficult to navigate for small children or folks not in ok physical condition. Slippery when wet! Be patient and watch your step. We have had no problems.

Can’t lose with this one. Beauty, history, kid and pet friendly.

Nice little trail.

Fave for sure! Parking can be tight on the weekends but well worth it. Dog friendly, tons of little path directions.

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.

One of my favorite!!

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

great trail.

Easy trail. Great for a dog walk.

this is a great trail. it can be a little tough but nothing you can't do with your dogs

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.

Easy trail. Didn’t like how there’s no proper parking spot as it is under big construction at the moment.

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.

pretty and easy. there were some detours and walks through campsites which made it not great but trail well maintained

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.

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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