30 miles from the terminus of the Appalachian trail, (at Springer Mountain) Blood Mountain is the second highest peak in GA, and the highest in GA on the appalachian trail at 4,459 ft. By the time through hikers reach Neel's Gap 2.2 miles from the peak, they are ready to shed some gear. The Walasi-Yi inn is a great hostel with nice folks and a great store for everything hikers need. Blood mountain has a famous rock and wood shelter/cabin that was built by the CCC in the 1930s. It is two rooms, but is notorious for mice and a skunk. Picnic rock, just above the cabin is a great place to eat lunch or dry out your gear in the sun. Nearby Vogel State Park, and Lake Winfield Scott are great recreation/camping areas. Blood Mountain and Slaughter Gap are named after a Native American battle (pre-white settlers) that was so vicious, the mountain ran red with blood (or so the story and history marker goes...).

5 days ago

finally a nice day with no rain! The trail was wet but not muddy.
started off with Slaughter Creek Trail, (following the creek was nice) Had some views through the trees from the Appalachian Trail, had the leaves bloomed, there would not have been any. Watch your blazes, easy enough to go down the "unknown trail."
Also, F.Y.I. there is a $5 registration fee.

Was a great short hike for the family. Youngest being seven years old. Nice trail, great views and not crowded on a weekday in February.

Such a beautiful view at Preachers Rock! When you first come up to the trail you can go left of right... no idea where left goes, but right goes up to Preachers Rock so if that’s where you’re trying to go, take the trail to the right!

Terrific trail. Probably crowded when it’s not winter because it’s easy. Most anyone can do it imo.

Absolutely stunning views at Preachers Rock

2 months ago

Easy hike. I used this trail to connect from Coosa Back Country to Duncan and over to the AT

2 months ago

This should actually be called slaughter creek/Appalachian trail/jarrard loop as the jarrard section is the shortest and the least scenic. its a great hike and you get to say you hiked the Appalachian trail, albeit for about a mile and a half.

Perfect hike with a huge pay off at the summit. Perfect for beginners and a must do for the seasoned hiker.

Just finished a 4 day backpacking trip from Three Forks to Blood mountain. Low temp was 18 and high of 54. Mornings were cool and had to shed layers after starting each day. We saw several day hikers but not too many on our last night. No bears were seen. Bear box is at campsite Woods hole. It's about .25 mile off the AT but there is a privy and a cool 3 sided shelter and a small water source. Blood Mountain was a great view but the down hill to Neels gap was a lot of stone steps.
Good luck & Happy Trails!

Spectacular view from Preachers Rock!!!! Would love to go back at peak fall color next year.

3 months ago

Good trail for first time hikers. Plenty of water and campsites. Also has the option to head up to the Blood Mountain Shelter. Seems to be moderate to heavy hiking traffic with sites filling up in the fall.

Great trail with a moderate incline in the middle. Preachers Rock view is well worth the hike

Super easy trail with an excellent view. The view will only get better as fall arrives.

equipment ...Osprey day pack, trekking poles and plenty of water.

Hiked up yesterday morning since I was on the way to Trailfest in Dahlonega. The weather was perfect and the views were breathtaking, just as I remember them from last time I was there about 8 years ago. Met a lot of friendly people, some that I seen again later at the festival! If you've never been to Trailfest, you should make it a point to go next year. Good times!! Last night decided to go back up to Woody Gap and camp for the night. Very busy spot. Happy hiking everyone!!!✌️

This trail isn't moderate, it's very easy.

Fantastic Views. Wonderful Hike. Continued past Preachers Rock to Blue Blazed side trail to overlook camp site for another view just as amazing. Will continue on to Blood Mountain next time. Get there early, parking is at a premium. Thins out considerably past Preachers Rock.

Awesome hike! First half mile or so is very easy and relatively flat on a good beaten down path, then it starts to get pretty steep with several moderate parts that are more strenuous. I'd rate this overall on the very low side of moderate. The view at Preacher's Rock is absolutely incredible and one of the best I've ever seen-- only 0.9 miles to Preachers from the beginning of this trailhead. You can then go up another mile or so for another beautiful overlook. Saw a few bear tracks but thankfully no bears. Passes 6 or 7 other hikers on a weekday morning. Very enjoyable hike!

nice hike. trail is marked good.

We loved this hike on the AT. Beautiful view at Preacher's Rock, easy to moderate walk, great place for parking. We will definitely do it again, only next time we will hike all the way to Blood Mtn.

Ridiculously hard with a 30 lb pack. Reward: top of blood mountain.

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