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One of Georgia's oldest and most popular state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular four-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy one-mile lake loop, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. The parks 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats. During summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach.

Super easy trail with an excellent waterfall. Perfect for the kids

Very cool views when near the water. However, the trail is not well mark so pay attention.

9 days ago

I used this trail to head up Coosa Back Country over to Duncan Ridge then connected to the AT where I rested at the shelter on Blood Mountain summit. The trail is a straight cardio workout. Not many rough spots, just take plenty of water.

11 days ago

12 days ago

Best view was just before the summit. Down hill to Freeman trail was a nice break but expect to engage those quads again on Freeman.

16 days ago

A solid 9 hour hike. If you go clockwise the final 1/3 is tough.

Quick walk from the car. If you drive in from 348, there are 2 creek crossings. If you drive in from 19, it's just dirt roads and no water to cross. Part of the railing on the platform is broken so everyone was climbing through and out all over the falls, kind of ruins the view for everyone else. It was crowded on a weekend afternoon.


18 days ago

Great Trail. We too hiked counter clockwise and avoided walking up a lot of wet, loose rocks. Took about 2 hours to hike.

Great trail! By far one of the best in the area. We got out from Vogel at 840am and hit the turn at the end of Dawson Ridge (turn for Blood Mountain) at 2pm about 10 miles in. Hiked it today with 3 stout hiking kids aged 8, 10 and 13. Would do this one again for sure. Not for the faint of heart. Climbing is intense, and hills are very steep grades.

Perfect time of the year to hike this hard loop. This is a must do for the serious hiker only.

19 days ago

This was our Black Friday walk off the pumpkin pie hike. Throughly enjoyable for all in our party including our pup. MapMyHike app logged 5.5 miles for our 1:30 to 4:00 trek. We were leisured in our pace and stopped several times for photo opps and the like. We chose counter clockwise loop and I recommend it as the ascent was more gradual and not as rocky and wet as the decent. Definitely include the Overlook loop. We added in the lake loop to see the waterfall and then jumped over to Helton Creek to end the a great day in front of the magnificent Helton Creek Falls.