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Trail in great shape, easy, hope they fix the primary viewing deck soon.

We only had time to do 1 hike, and we were so glad we chose this one.

Beautiful Gorge and great hike.

I'm assuming the "hard" rating is relative to the area. Compared to other hikes in N GA, I guess it's hard. If you are not in shape and new to hiking an incline, it could be challenging. 1,500 feet in 2 miles is not easy, but with a decent pair of shoes, most should be able to summit and enjoy spectacular views. As with any activity, bring enough water. even though it was 68 degrees, the humidity under the canopy is quite high, and you will sweat.

So the actual hike wasn't difficult. The views from Preacher's Rock are pretty awesome. We went early to try and catch the sunrise... but what we actually caught was a nice walk in the clouds. The temperature was very pleasant and the added moisture from the clouds was nature's A/C. However the map from Alltrails was a bit misleading. The was our first trip so I relied solely on the app. It had us walking an extra mile thinking there was more to see... There was not. So unless you are planning on hiking to Blood Mountain don't go past Preacher's Rock.

Loved this one! Took Freeman up and that part was my favorite! Down from the shelter has lots of traffic. Great hike!

1st half moderate and 2nd challenging at times. It’s worth the effort for the peace and nice breeze

Very nice views. I love water falls and this trail is amazing!

hiking
7 days ago

Great views

Great views from the top! Kicks your butt a little. Totally worth it!

hiking
9 days ago

Lovely views. I could see all the way to Atlanta from the top. The trail is difficult for beginners and moderate for the average hiker. It is just almost non-stop inclines all the way up. The trail is marked, but be sure to keep an eye out for markers on the way up and down as there are several side trails, and it's not always well marked.

Very beautiful trail, people say it’s well trafficked but when I went one day during the week, and barely saw people out there. I went later in the day, passed by the campsite and there were people down there but I only passed 2-3 people/groups on the trail, so the seclusion made it even better.

Just like people say, it’s pretty anticlimactic if you choose not to make the little extra climb at the end to get up to see the waterfall, but you still pass by some on the way,

Awesome hike! I loved this so much. The hike up to Blood Mt. summit wasn’t too bad and the trail is well marked for the most part (although I did get turn around at some points) and the view from the top as incredible. The Freeman loop was not as fun. It is very rocky and you have to watch your footing while also watching out for spider webs. I ran into some hugggeeee spiders, which was not ideal. Good news is that if you go soon, I already cleared them out for you! Most definitely would hike again!

Not too difficult with great views

great hike in early spring when the flowers are blooming...great hike all around..bring a picnic lunch and have it on the flat rocks. you're welcome

Great views at the top.

Enjoyed this series of waterfalls and the deep gorge. Lots of stairs but worth the walk.

Paved walking trail with moderate elevation. Great for most skill levels with benches along the way to catch your breath.

hiking
15 days ago

first time on this trail, and we loved it. the views at the top are well worth the hike.

Did this yesterday. Beautiful day, beautiful hike. Not for amateurs. I expected the Freeman’s Loop portion to be easier than it was. Very rocky. Some people brought dogs but I think my dog (who is great on some hikes) would have struggled.

Did his about a week ago and had the best time ever! We should’ve stayed up top and just played around. The views were beautiful and the old shelter was cool (can’t wait to see what my fiend wrote on our next visit).

19 days ago

Beautiful Trail gradual incline well shaded. The sounds of the Creek is wonderful. Several really nice camp sites. We did our full pack shake down hike took our time. We spent an hour at the Cliff Falls had a snack filtered a liter
of water with a our Versa Flow. The round trip took 4:20 including our one hour break. Being beginners and the fact I am 54 and my wife is 53 and I am use to sitting on my brains for a living. We had a blast. Tomorrow we will try our first Backpack overnight.

Awesome trail and very crowded . So go early .

20 days ago

relentlessly uphill. beautiful views from top overlooking valleys below

The trail is very beautiful, amazing mini waterfalls along the way, but the ending is not worth it, decided to climb all the way to the top but is very dangerous, be cautious and watch your step.

hiking
21 days ago

It’s a workout but the views are worth it. In spring and summer there is a full canopy so you are in shade. Really no difficult scrambling.
The army rangers use the area sometimes so you may see helicopters along with the wildlife and beautiful vistas.

This was awesome. I loved that it was not paved...a real hike! you have to look down a lot because of tree roots .they are everywhere but its what makes this so great! you get a real work out. dogs are welcome and all were very well behaved. you get to walk along the water and there are several water falls along the trail....it was awesome to get to the end! beautiful place.

Hiked this trail with my 8 year old and we loved it. Lots of flowers, butterflies, rocks and roots to make an interesting hike. The view at preachers tick is amazing. Only bummer is the lack of parking.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike in my opinion has the best view in north Georgia. The hike itself is a little challenging but nothing crazy by any means. Go do it!

Good trail. Beautiful whole way.

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