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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.

Easy hike with wifey. nice overlook of the lake from the top.

3 days ago

Fun trail, but heavily trafficked by weekenders and the mass of NOBO thru hikers in the bubble.

Great trail. We didn't do the entire 6.1 mile loop due to time restraints. The trail was beautiful & easy to follow. It was a strenuous hike - a lot of rocks, incline, & roots. We were able to take our dog along too which was nice.

Great hike! Very strenuous. Lots of rocks and roots. We did the 6 mile loop from Byron Reese to Appalachian trail to the summit and the down the Freeman trail. Watch out for a yellow jacket nest midway on the freeman trail.

Have not hiked this trail in over 6 years but it has been my favorite in Ga so far.

8 days ago

9 days ago

This is a nice short hiking trail with two sets of water falls, the upper and lower. The upper is about .75 mi from the main placard and ends at a wooden observation deck marked by a caution sign. The trail to the left of the placard goes to the lower falls, which requires a steeper hike of about .25 mi to another deck. The trails to both falls are well maintained. Trails that are not maintained continue beyond both falls, but we did not hike them. Great trail for hikers of all ages.

Challenging but awesome trail with beautiful scenery

18.36 miles. Coosa backcountry + parts of blood mountain. I rate this as extreme. Long and hard but in the end well worth it.

Beautiful hike on well maintained trail

view on top is AWESOME. make sure you take a right at the first fork to summit quickest or go down Freeman then take a right at the second fork. don't do what I did and go an extra 2 miles down the Appalachian. using the Appalachian to climb is a bit of a challenge but very doable. I did it carrying a 24 rack and a full backpack.

17 days ago

18 days ago