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My uncle and I circumvented the trail surrounding Fort Mountain State Park in a little over 5 hours. The trail is well-maintained and several of the views are spectacular, I hear. We were among the clouds during our hike and although the vistas were not available to us the scenery and foliage was and it is tremendous.

Very cool little hike. The tower was partially closed, but also open to where you could climb up into it without too much problem. It wasn't easy, but wasn't hard either. There's a metal grate blocking the top two steps,but they have the rest of it open, which was a bit odd.

The gravel road was not particularly rough so regular passenger vehicles can probably make it ok.

I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I’m sad it took me so long to find out about it, seriously. This trail has it all! 3 waterfalls, a river, a mountain, an AMAZING lookout.... I loved it so much. The first two miles are fairly easy, then the last two are climbing up to Pinnacle Knob. I really, really enjoyed this hike. I went on a Saturday and maybe saw about 15 people the whole time. I also took my three dogs and they had a great time. Highly recommend this trail! Parking is nice and convenient too. Also a lot of really cool camp spots. Another thing, the trail has been rerouted since it was last updated on here, so it’s definitely more like 4 miles to the top.

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.

This was pretty easy to find but my Garmin said around 11 miles at the end, not 9.6 miles. It was an easy hike with a few good hills. Nice views and little foot traffic once you get past the parking area.

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3 days ago

Wonderful hike especially if you have a photographers eye. Great workout as well.

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5 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!

We did the western fork and it was definitely a challenge from the lake to Lookout Point. The lake should be a definite side Trail for you to explore you get to walk completely around the lake.

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.

So much fun and absolutely beautiful

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.

Great trail , two really great views , colorful !

Great hike with lots of water features along the way. Steady incline towards the top but with a nice payoff.

Short but steep hike to a great view. Be warned that the last 2 miles to drive there are on an unpaved road.

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.

Go in the fall (we went first weekend of November) and you will get an excellent view of black rock mountain and the southern end of the smoky mountains. Nice waterfalls too. Keeping in the list of repeat hikes.

I love this trail. It has a streams, waterfalls and gorgeous mountain views. My favorite hike in Georgia.

This trail was definitely the most challenging I have done. It was scenic and lightly traveled but much more difficult than expected—lots of challenging uphill portions. It appears that the trail is actually more like 9 miles, which for us included a short detour to the lake and then another to the overlook. Overall, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing this, but note that it might take longer than other people mentioned. Also, I live somewhere with no elevation so am not used to this type of terrain.

Great hike - trailhead is tough to locate, basically marker between the two parking areas (we parked at Warwoman) marked blue/difficult that takes up up some switchbacks to cross the road. A few waterfalls and through some camping areas. Lot of up and down and flat until you pass the camping area and then it’s a steady up for the last mile and a half. Great views but very windy so we didn’t spend too much time at the top. A solid 8 miles and we did it in just under 4 miles with few breaks.

Good trail for hikers and dogs. Once you get out of parking lot area not many people. A few “water crossings” not really water crossings but water on ground is great for dogs. Added miles making it an 11 mile loop in four hours. There was good up and down making it a great workout. Lots of fallen leaves at moment which did make it hard to see slippery rocks so watch footing.

It was a perfect day for spending a few hours on the trail. The little bridge over the tree roots was creative.

Felt long than 1 mile but beautiful views at the top!

We started the trip from our camp site which added about a mile in length. The true beginning of the trail starts at a parking lot going to your right. If all you care to see if the lookout then it is at the end of the trail to your left about 50 yards. The trail was difficult at the beginning and end with many steep inclines. I would not recommend this trail for children or dogs. There are many spots in the trail that are very narrow and you have to cross water a couple of times. There are a few spots to stop with benches and many areas with large bolders where we stopped to have lunch. Our trip took about 6.5 hours with a total of 9.4 miles. Overall I would recommend this trail especially this time of year with the leaves changing color.

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15 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.

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18 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.

Really enjoyed this hike. Not very difficult, but a nice view at the top with a couple nice waterfalls.

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!

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