Explore the most popular hiking trails in Blood Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 hours ago

Hiked in counter clockwise. The weather was cold, and do to a front that moved in the night before, everything was covered or dusted with snow. The trail looked amazing. I branched off to the Appalachian trail at the split. It’s a bit confusing with the way the sign reads but it’s a left toward Neals Gap if you’re wanting to do the loop. A good majority of the little runoffs were frozen over so water wasn’t available until I reached the base of Blood Mountain. Going up to Blood Mountain overlook was challenging as many of the steps were completely iced over. I would recommend having some spikes available for these parts if you plan to venture out in the same conditions. I stayed overnight at the summit for the Super Blood wolf moon lunar eclipse. Pretty impressive from up there. The following day I hiked down and finished the Slaughter Creek trail to complete the loop. More running water on that side of the loop. All in all a good hike.

Great trail overall. Preachers Rock was sweet, but the better part of this trail is towards the end when you have to short spur. There is another view that’s just as pretty and much lower volume for people. Busy trail, good for dogs, not good for young kids.

Great little day hike, I return here often. Moderate to hard at some points but over all very lovely views at the top.

Very crowded but great hike with awesome view. And there is another great overlook if you go past preachers rock.

Nice views from the top. It’s borderline moderate. Not as strenuous as others. Finished in about 2.5 hours.

Really nice, fairly quick hike. The view from Preacher's Rock is outstanding. Overall not too strenuous.

Stunning scenery!

Woody Gap to Neel's Gap. Bring water If staying at Blood Mountain Shelter. Great views!

Pretty trail that’s probably amazing in spring. As mentioned, Jarrard and Slaughter trails not well marked. Therefore, I felt like Moses wandering through the desert. AT section is nice. $5 fee for parking, cash or check only.

Atlanta trails has better info on route to take and landmarks. Highly advise starting at Jarrard end and not the Slaughter end.

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.

2 months ago

This loop is actually Jarrard Gap trail to AT to Slaughter Creek trail. The Jarrard section was poorly marked in some places. At one point, after losing the trail near an old campsite and wandering for 20 minutes, I ended up just sitting on a log and waiting until someone came down the mountain from the other direction - never would have found the trail otherwise. The AT section doesn't really have any views even though it follows the ridgeline, thanks to the tree cover. Recommend doing a spur up the AT to Blood Mountain, which has a great view and is worth the extra mile or so. The Slaughter Creek section was the prettiest, with lovely foliage and lots of picturesque creek crossings. Next time, I would choose to do Slaughter Creek out and back. My dog liked this hike and had no problems with the terrain.

I'm rating this 1 star because you can't actually park here. Look for the Neels Gap to Blood Mountain trail for more accurate parking. It's just 1/2 mile further up the road.

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.

truly spectacular! streams and rhododendron tunnels, followed by gorgeous ridgeline views, then back down into the valley

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

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.

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

Awesome trip. We actually started with the Approach Trail at Amicalola Falls. If you do the Approach Trail add another 8.8 miles to your journey. The whole hike took from Saturday 1:30 until Wednesday at 1:30. It was brutal but worth it. The worst climb was Sassafras Mountain. There is a 7 mile stretch from Hawk Mountain to Justus Creek. Make sure you fill up at Hawk. Also the water source at Woods Hole is dry as of yesterday. Great hike, beautiful views and one I will always remember.

This was a beautiful, moderate hike! Our weather was great. If you walk a little past preacher’s rock to where the trail splits - take the trail to the right with the blue blazes and you get a second, beautiful overlook.

The views from Preachers Rock are gorgeous! Could have stayed up there all day. The hike up, while not extremely difficult, did get a good muscle burn going on. The hike is dog friendly if they are on leash. I brought one of my pups along for it. He had a great time. This trail is pretty crowded through and through. I did go on a Saturday, I'm sure that didn't help.

So the actual hike wasn't difficult. The views from Preacher's Rock are pretty awesome. We went early to try and catch the sunrise... but what we actually caught was a nice walk in the clouds. The temperature was very pleasant and the added moisture from the clouds was nature's A/C. However the map from Alltrails was a bit misleading. The was our first trip so I relied solely on the app. It had us walking an extra mile thinking there was more to see... There was not. So unless you are planning on hiking to Blood Mountain don't go past Preacher's Rock.

I loved this hike.

Hiked this trail with my 8 year old and we loved it. Lots of flowers, butterflies, rocks and roots to make an interesting hike. The view at preachers tick is amazing. Only bummer is the lack of parking.

arrived abt 4pm parking lots on both sides were jammed packed. trilhead not clear on the particular blazes. surprisingly not crowded and enjoyable the entire way. my husband and I with our 2 teen boys and two dogs enjoyed the peacefulness and the well maintained trail. the view at preachers rock was gorgeous and some people congregated to chat. the dogs loved the ups and downs and couple switchbacks broke things up. I even appreciated the bathroom when getting back down! the little joys....

fun trail. second time doing this loop trail. great hike.

went to preachers rock with wife and another great couple. headed to preachers rock for the view. kind of steep till the view. what a view it is. could see 6 mountain ranges from the rock of preaching.

Awesome trail, we had such a wonderful hike. The weather was perfect. Lots of shade and a wonderful workout! Preachers Rock was a magnificent view, totally worth it!

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