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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.

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.

We went last Sunday and loved it!! Lots of little waterfalls and a beautiful view. Had to climb over a couple fallen trees and hop a few streams which was no trouble. Great hike!!

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.

Always have enjoyed this hike. Preachers Rock has wonderful views, and because of that can be crowded. Don’t let it scare you though, it’s worth it.

Really nice section of the AT. Hike up to Preachers is nice, view at the top is great! I went past Preachers and down to the Dockery lake trail. Out and back about 6 miles. Don’t miss the other overlook past Preachers.

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!

October 15-16. This was rated hard and I agree. We hiked half a day stayed the night just after the “Cheesecake Factory “ water source but just before Tray Mountain shelter (we knew the shelter was going to be full, and wanted some peacefulness) we had a beautiful view. Watched the sunrise the next morning from our tent. I can’t say enough about this spot. Then hiked out. It was a great hike to test and challenge yourself.

Ps. If anyone could share WHY that water source is called “the Cheesecake Factory” please do.

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!

A very strenuous but great hike. Spectacular views at Blood Mtn. Definitely print out the map from Alltrails because it's very detailed.

This is definitely a moderate to easy family and pet friendly trail. There are some somewhat steep sections but nothing really intense. Unfortunately for us, we chose an overcast foggy day to hike this trail. After hiking to the scenic summit, we could only see the fog. We will have to pick a better day for this one.next time. Good day for exercise, but not for pics. There were only a few places where you would be able to get a scenic look if it wasn't fogged in.

This was a tremendously enjoyable hike that was rocky at times but provided a wonderful scenic overlook. The hike was not overly strenuous but would up your cardio in places. Although the trail is dog friendly, it could be tough for small dogs. They would need to be lifted over some of the larger rocks. As others have noted, the Freeman trail was sparsely traveled, but the Appalachian Trail on a Saturday afternoon was a steady stream of hikers. We hiked the Freeman Trail first and then looped back on the Appalachian Trail. Unfortunately, we were hiking against the steady flow of AT hikers.

Great trail. Going out was somewhat of a slight incline. The rough rocky switchbacks were a challenge. Especially coming back. Ugh! Plenty of camping spots. It rained on our way beck and boy does the trail get flooded. But it is all good.

it is a tough hike out of vogel up to slaughter gap. gets easier on duncan ridge up to the AT and then blood mountain. I missed the right turn on the way down too. this route is a great way to avoid the insanity of the Byron Reece trailhead.

I completed the trail on Oct 3, 2018. Some challenging ascend in certain sections but overall it was a good work out with some beautiful views. After multiple hikers asked me for wasp nest , I was eventually got stung by one and it hurt and last few days but its all part of the wilderness experience.
Since it was a week day, the trail was not crowded at all. I came across maybe 10 hikers and one gentleman who was there to maintain the trail.

We love Blood Mountain! It’s a challenging hike, but the views are beautiful and well worth the effort!

Loved this hike! I went up Byron Reece and got a little turned around at the intersection of AT and Freeman’s- I ended up going around Freeman’s Loop and hiking back down the AT. About 7 miles in all today.... the view at the top of the rocks by Blood Mountain Shelter are great! I would rate the hike as moderate- maybe moderately difficult for a new hiker- didn’t expect it to be so rocky! Glad I had my trail shoes on! Took about 3 hours with about a 25 minute rest at the shelter. I’d do again and come up the AT and back down freeman

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1 month ago

Very enjoyable easy hike. Follow the green blazes to avoid wrong turns. We went clockwise which means the steepest segment came early as an ascent. A few stream crossings on slippery rocks so poles recommended. Also some uneven terrain with rocks and roots that could trip you up. Overlook worth the detour. Interesting diverse flora but too early for fall colors.

The hike was great. We arrived around 9:00 a.m. Not too many people there until we hiked back. The view was spectacular! Would do it again

Beautiful hike and amazing day. Me and my wife completed in 3.5 hours. It starts with Byron Reece trailhead and there is 0.7 miles of rocky stairs meeting at intersection for Freeman and Appalachian Trail. We took AT to climb and loop back to freeman trail. AT its bit heavily trafficked and freeman trail path is low trafficked. Freeman Trail is rocky and it rained today, so was very slippery. But overall the view from top calls for another visit to this beauty.

Its out first hike on Appalachian Trail

Beautiful hike with a lot of ups and downs! The views at Cowrock are amazing and you get another view shortly as you continue on to Wolf Laurel. As others have said the view at Wolf Laurel isn’t as grand as Cowrock but you still have a view & it’s very peaceful. Not too many people on the trail today but there was one very large timber rattler right off the side of the trail sunning itself. Just be watchful as the weather gets cooler for snakes trying to soak up the sun.

nice trail a little confusing but some great spots to camp

Great trail with beautiful views. We stared at the Unicoi Gap trailhead next to the App Trail sign and logged 11.6 miles out and back.

We loved this hike! Definitely a workout but we worth it! We went past preachers rock and there was another stunning view. We hiked about four miles in and then four miles back. Well worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice late afternoon hike. We didn't see another human being. We measured about 5.5 miles including the approach and overlook. Some markers are confusing.

Arrived 9am on a Sunday morning in early October. Parking lot was almost full but still a few spots. Seems to be a popular spot for overnight camping so weekend mornings are probably the worst in terms of parking, along with holidays.

Went up the AT and down Freeman - found this hike pretty easy, got up in just over an hour. Couple of good spots for views but not too many tbh.

Freeman descent was very easy, it was very wet but still not a single area where I was concerned.

Overall not much of a challenge for anyone used to hiking.

Keep in mind all reviews are relative - I hike a lot.

Pretty nice views from the top of Blood Mountain Trail. Overall it’s a bit of a rocky hike and when I went it had just rained so it is a bit slippery. There is one part after the freeman trail meets the Byron Reese And Appalachian trails that it is difficult to see where the AT goes next. The freeman trail is a bit narrow on the way back.

Agree with other reviews...moderate hike, decent workout, KILLER view.

The hike was absolutely amazing. We stayed and watched the sunset at the top and hiked down via the AT with headlamps. It was by far the best sunset I’ve seen in GA! It took us about an hour and a half to get up and maybe 45 minutes to get down but we hiked at a pretty quick pace. Not the easiest hike but definitely not horribly challenging.

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