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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...).

hiking
7 days ago

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

hiking
8 days 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.

backpacking
28 days 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

hiking
1 month ago