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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.

First hike of the season and first hike pregnant. Gorgeous hike, definitely want to do it again when I have more energy and the leaves have changed. The pups loved it, and now they are all passed out! Win, win.

22 hours ago

Challenging Trail with plenty of rocks and roots.

The trail was nice and the views are pretty solid. It's not a very long hike but is fairly steep. The trail was very crowded, especially at the summit. There were probably 20 college kids with hammocks in front of every view and their gear spread out all over the place. The are was beautiful if not for being so heavily trafficked and if the folks there were more respectful of the environment and other people that visit. I'm glad our natural resources are becoming more popular but I wish people would be more mindful of preserving them. Also, make sure you only park in designated spots. They ticket here frequently, we parked in the parking area, off the road and not over any vegetation or anything like that and got a $55 ticket for not being in a designated spot. There were about 20 other cars in similar situations with similar tickets. I would advise going on a weekday and get there early.

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5 days 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!!!

6 days ago

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.