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This was such a fun trail with multiple beautiful overlooks at the top. Most people turn left onto the AT when they make it to the intersection and are met with a steep incline and tons of rocks, but if you curve to the right and continue onto Byron Reese, you will have a slow and much more doable incline. We did this and thought the trail was fairly easy because of it. Wear good shoes and socks! The trail is so rocky.

Hiked a total of 3.8 miles so we went just a short way past Preacher's Rock. Not a hard hike at all and I will definitely do it again.

We love this hike on the AT. Short hike with just enough incline to work up a sweat. Go during the week to avoid the crowds. Amazing view from the top. 5 months pregnant and completed the hike with no issues. Prettier views than Ramrock mountain. No stream crossings. Some switchbacks near the summit. Great place to bring visiting family or friends. Will definitely return.

The Blood Mountain portion was moderate and challenging. Great to see the lodge and the mountains all around. We came down Freeman’s loop - that part was brutal. So many rocks and roots to navigate, but we made it and will do it again. Be sure to bring more water than you think you’ll drink!

Nice trail. Very beautiful, plenty of water splashes, counterclockwise makes for a reasonably easy hike with enough difficulty to be interesting. Mileage will be more than the 3.7 indicated, we logged 5.1 miles from the trailhead, including the approach and a little less than .5 total for the overlook offshoot. We are a bunch of out-of-shape 30 somethings and we managed the whole loop in about 2:45 including a couple of rest stops and photo ops. A few portions of this trail are on very old, disused road beds (probably not used in 50 years or more) which made for nice breaks from the climbs. My only complaint was that the intersection with the Coosa is a little confusing, and is not portrayed well on the official park map.

We tried to take Freeman trail but some guys said we were off trail so we turned around and took the AT trail. Lots of rocks to walk over and climb. Difficult trail but doable. It’s so worth the view at the top. I’ll be doing this again.

Pretty easy hike to Preacher Rock. Good for all skill levels with a rewarding view! Will definitely do it again around fall.

The trail is actually 8.5 miles (Website), and challenging beginners. We missed the right turn on Duncan Ridge trail and made a right on a blue trail walking a mile in a half off trail to Bird Gap. We had to turnaround to get back on course. Loved the hike, I would do it again, but taking my time not to missed the right turn.

The AT portion is fairly open but Freeman portion somewhat overgrown. Lots of rocks and fallen trees to climb over on Freeman.

Lot's of fun for an experienced hiker, made the mistake of taking my girlfriend on this trail as her first hike. Needless to say she was in over her head.

Really fun short hike with great views and nice shade on the way up. Strenuous for folks in my crew that aren't avid hikers, but luckily the hike back down is a breeze. Bathrooms and parking available. Go right at the trailhead. Heavily trafficked but wasn't too bad on a Friday afternoon in the summer. A couple of great spots off to the side of preachers rock to hang a hammock and eat some lunch while still taking in the view.

Great trail. It's (now) well-marked with green diamonds. Make sure to take the Vogel overlook turn off at the top of the ridge. It's a short (.2-ish) loop back to the main trail and you'll be in for a treat with a view of the lake at Vogel State Park. The trail is fun, with varied terrain. Our GPS said the mileage was a bit more than stated here, but I imagine it depends on where you start charting.

Hikes this aith mt wife last October. We loved it!

Relatively easy and short hike to the overlook. Beautiful views and trail is well maintained. Dog friendly. Outhouse available in parking area.

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1 month ago

The hike followed nice, clear trail. A few downed trees along the path.

Great trail, very rough climb on the way back. Saw a black bear around mile 4.4 so keep a look, apparently he likes to stay around those parts. Nice campsites all over the trail (obviously, it’s the AT!) Great intermediate backpacking trail.

There are lots of rocks and boulders and roots to keep your feet and ankles and senses engaged. Coming down Freeman is good practice for moving your whole body and not just your legs to keep the momentum going. Lots of shade, lots of moisture, lots of bugs and critters and birds. Families and small groups and couples fairly common on the AT portion, solitude on the Freeman.

Fun and doable! I enjoyed this trail.

This is def a great hike and work out. When you get to the first 4 way sign there's two trails towards the right. One trail going straight towards the right of the sign (it's a dirt trail) don't go down the rocky part, we made that mistake and had to come back up and then the other trail is directly to the right of the sign. These trails loop around. Either way you go, it's a workout. Worth it! Also I found it helpful recording my hike with the app, it def came in handy when I needed direction.

Not a very difficult trail, very scenic, nice view at the top! Dogs were tired, make sure to bring water for yourself and them.

Great trail omg I love it

One of the best in the area. Satisfies more serious hikers without being too difficult or too long for casual hikers. Lots of water on the trail and gorgeous scenery.

It was a good hike. Overlook from Preachers Rock was nice and then about a 1/4 mile further was a barely maintained trail to the right that went to another overlook.

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1 month ago

Very difficult hike no matter what skill level you are at. I still enjoyed the hike.

Great trail. Awesome views.

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1 month ago

We went today, went about mile and a half up, saw momma and baby bear tracks (fresh) so we headed back down. Cool trail though!

Absolutely loved the view!!! This hike is a MUST!

I like to do this one every other week. For me it’s not very difficult, but, for a first time hiker, I can imagine that it would be a little more difficult. Very nice beautiful views, and, not usually too busy during the week. Not terribly far from Atlanta, and is worth the drive. Weekends, it’s always crowded, but, don’t let that deter you, this is definitely one worth going to.

We are in north GA from West Virginia. We are staying at Vogel. This trail is excellent. My wife and I completed it in 2.5 hours, but we hiked at a steady pace. The hike is challenging but the summit is definitely worth the effort. You won’t be sorry!

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