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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.

awesome trail. had a great time with my gf and dog.

I've been away from hiking for a few years but I've recently retired and moved to the north Georgia mountains and plan to do a lot more hiking now. This hike is my first Georgia peak in the Georgia 4000 Challenge. It was a pretty easy summit, trail to the top and only 2 miles (one way). Trip reports indicate great views, and there were some, but I would recommend this mountain in the fall for the colors or in the winter for the best views. We started at the state maintained parking lot, 1/4 mile north of Mountain Crossings. The way up starts on Byron Reese Trail. There is a plaque with a poem from Bryon near the start, but I think Mr. Reese is more famous for his peanut butter cups than his poetry :-). The Bryon Reese Trail connects to the white blazed Appalachian Trail about 7/10th of mile up the mountain and you can just follow the AT to the top. You'll see a USGS Benchmark in a rock at the top.

This was a great day hike. We accessed the trail from the Springer Mountain parking lot for the Appalachian Trail, south of the loop, and hiked up the AT to the junction of the AT and the Benton Mackaye Trails. The drive up to the lot took a while, but the road was well-maintained and no problem for a little Hyundai.
The trails are clearly marked - white rectangles for the AT and white diamonds for the BMT. There is enough elevation and stream crossings via rocks or bridges to give you a work out, but nothing super steep or difficult to travel. There are a few spots where a trail turn could be missed, but as long as you are watching the trail markings (or using GPS) you shouldn't have any trouble.
There is a variety of foliage as you cross through different "zones;" lots of amazing colorful mushrooms and a good mix of challenging vs. level trail. We only saw one other group of people during our hike, and a lot of the trial was incredibly quiet, unless you were by the creek.
Overall, a beautiful moderately challenging hike. We all decided we would do it again.

It was a Sunday after some rainy days so the parking lot was pretty packed. But I wouldn't let that deter you. I don't really think it should be rated as difficult though. There were a lot of families and kids going the red trail so I took the yellow. It was ok. Only two inclines that got my heart rate up a little. I finished the yellow and took the orange. That one was nice. Gradual inclines and gradual declines. I saw only 2 people on the way out so it was much less trafficked than the yellow or red.

This was an unexpected treat! We went there expecting the 3.7 mile loop listed on this site and instead found it to be more like 18.5 miles of hikeable terrain . The trail is wide enough to accommodate horseback riders making it down right luxurious for hikers. We only hiked the trail outlined on this site but stumbled upon a group of volunteers that were doing maintenance on the paths (clearing fallen trees). They explained that they had been expanding the area over the last several months. We saw several deer, a turtle on the path and several folks on horses. We will return here often.

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!

We love this place!!!❤️❤️❤️

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.

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.

Great trail , wonderful time with family and friends.

Cool hiking place. End of the red trail was a little challenging because of the steep hills. However, it really worth it. After taking a lunch break, we also went for the yellow trail. Less crowded and have an awesome bridge to take a good photo.

Great day hike. Trail head is way way back. Could be hard to get to without a 4x4. Poorly marked so we somehow doubled back on ourselves as opposed to completing the entire loop. That said it was a nice hike that crisscrossed the water. Good mix of climbs and descents.

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.

This trail was the first trail that I ever went on; it made me fall in love with hiking.

gets very Rocky and the trail gets narrow after rain.

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

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.

Do not go clockwise!! if you do, space and time folds and the whole loop is somehow uphill. Was so crazy!!

Great trail, some difficulty but nothing major, just watch your step!

Great trail and lots of views and variety of terrain! Loved it. Extra exercise hopping over horse poop!

Hiked in the rain and through the clouds and was really beautiful. 4.4 miles total if you start at the Neels Gap Store and make your way up across the street there.

Amazing creekside trail with waterfalls.

loved this park and trail for a day hike while in town for work

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.

Great trail omg I love it

Nice hike. Mostly in the shade. Better views in the fall

Great trail! Good for a short one night beginner backpacking trip because the views are incredible. Phone measured 2.16 miles one way. We made a campsite near one of the overlooks a bit before the shelter and enjoyed an awesome sunset and sunrise. Saw some cool mushrooms along the trail too.

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1 month ago

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

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