Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

I bagged Coosa Bald and Slaughter Mountain starting from WolfPen Gap on the Duncan Ridge Trail. Both of these mountains are on the GA 4000 Challenge. I did Coosa Bald out and back from Wolfpen Gap (heading north on the trail) on State Road 180. Then I did Slaughter from the Gap south. Duncan Ridge goes right over the top of Coosa Bald and the USGS Benchmark is easy to find. Duncan Ridge does NOT go over the summit of Slaughter. You have to leave the trail and bushwhack to the summit. If you follow the ridge line that runs north toward Duncan Ridge the summit is only about 300 to 400 yards off the trail. You would think it is an easy bushwhack. In August it is not. There is no a herd path to the top, at least not one that I could find. The top of Slaughter is covered with undergrowth (ferns, weeds and wait-a-minute vines with stickers) as much as chest high. When you get to the top of Slaughter there is nothing to see (in August). I stood on an pile of boulder (the highest point) but could find no Benchmark...perhaps in the winter one could be found. Recommend long pants for Slaughter.

Great

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. The course is a bit confusing if you don't know that the blue tags do not continue on the AT, which is marked in white. So, if you start from the trailhead and do the loop counterclockwise, it's blue to Jarrad Gap, then white for the AT, and then back to blue for Slaughter Creek to complete the loop.

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.

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

I did this trail last year with a few friends and it was a 4 day hike to remember. Blood mountain! Took a few water detours so I know I did more than 30 miles. I live in NY so I will definitely complete the NY State.

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.

Great trail. Awesome views.

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

Great place. Steep at places, but well worth the view.

my favorite hike so far! beautiful

The hike is pretty easy and the view is lovely.

Awesome trail. At trail head take the trail to the right. Amazing canopy along the way. Dog friendly. Amazing views at the top! Well worth it! Will do this again!

Great trail and view. we took our dog and she enjoyed it too. I would suggest getting there early if you plan on hiking during a nice weekend day as the parking area was full by 1130am yesterday.

great trail, beautiful view, moderate level

hiking
5 months ago

What a great hike. We started out uphill on the Jarrard, leveling out on the AT before taking the Slaughter Creek downhill for a nice loop. The lake and creek at the end makes for a nice cool down for the dogs. Great hike for the dogs. Lots of solitude.

Pleasant afternoon hike for Wife and I to Preachers Rock (approx 1 Mile to rock). Great views along they way, particularly from top of rock. Will do this one again! Moderate to Easy.

backpacking
7 months 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.

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