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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.

12 hours ago

Today I started late in the day. The first part leaving the trail head at the drink machine at Vogel State Park was up hill the entire way. That may sound stupid but there was very little flat trail! The beauty of the trail is amazing!
It gets very quite the higher you get on the trail. You are walking beside a creek going up and down most of the way which is the only sound you my hear. Always watch for bears but I didn’t see one. I guess the best way to put it is be aware of your surroundings!!!

Strenuous climb, beautiful views. I would not recommend dogs on this trail. Mine ended with significant paw trauma from all the rocks

We saw a bear running straight for the car then stopped. That was so cool

We hiked the Blood Mountain trail out and back and camped at the top! The trail was very well-marked. It's not an easy hike (especially with a load on your back), but it's 100% worth it. I loved watching the sunset over the mountains from the top. They had several great campsites along the trail.

Only did the Blood Mountain section (out and back) but awesome hike

Blood Mountain was awesome! The trail was very well marked and insured you went the correct way. The trail was so fun and absolutely stunning! The view at the top was incredible and so was the hike all around. I brought my Aussie with me and she LOVED it. Every one on the trail were so kind and very respectful of others and the environment!! 10/10 for me! Will definitely be returning in the future.

10 days ago

Beautiful creek and falls! I would LOVE to swim there! I disagree with the rating of 'moderate' though because I hiked it in flip flops :)

Second hike in a week on Blood mountain -Freeman Trail in that order - good work out did not see any rattlers this morning I guess it was a little on the chilly side for cold blooded creatures.
It is really great to see all the young hikers on the trail. Wish I would have started earlier now at -70 but it is never to late. Finished off with a good pulled pork barbecue at JRS BBQ and Country Store.
Christine & Rolf

Incredibly scenic path through the forest underbelly. Even more impressive are the views at the set of peaks near the top. A beautiful river accompanies the trail near the foothill