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Best trails in Blood Mountain Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Blood Mountain Wilderness, Georgia? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Blood Mountain Wilderness ranging from 1.9 to 5.1 miles and from 2,936 to 4,455 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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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...).

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#1 - Big Cedar Mountain and Granny Top via Appalachian Trail
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
In the late 1800s "Bear" Joe Lunsford was a farmer and preacher in the Suches area. He'd climb to a rocky outcrop on what's now the Appalachian Trail to practice his sermons. The view is incredible, and today it's only a half-hour's walk off the pavement. The Appalachian Trail crosses the highway here. Follow the trail Northbound (where the restrooms are), towards Neil's Gap and Blood Mountain. Look for the trail markers: white rectangles 2" wide by 6" high. These are known as "white blazes." The first two-thirds of the hike to preacher's rock are a nice, easy hike.Show more
#2 - Preachers Rock from Woody Gap Recreational Area
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 46 m
#3 - Blood Mountain via Appalachian Trail
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#4 - Appalachian Trail: Woody Gap to Neel's Gap
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 54 m
#5 - Miller Gap to Preacher's Rock loop
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
Note: Sections of this trail are not maintained so may be difficult to follow. Be sure to follow your location on the AllTrails app to prevent getting lost. Show more
#6 - Byron Reece to Blood Mountain via Appalachian Trail to Slaughter Creek Loop
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 30 m
#7 - Woody Gap to Jarrard Gap
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
#8 - Appalachian Tail: Henry Gap to Neel Gap
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
#9 - Duncan Ridge Trail
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#10 - Appalachian Trail: Hogpen Gap to Woody Gap
Blood Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 9 h 43 m