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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.

hiking
20 hours ago

Very enjoyable easy hike. Follow the green blazes to avoid wrong turns. We went clockwise which means the steepest segment came early as an ascent. A few stream crossings on slippery rocks so poles recommended. Also some uneven terrain with rocks and roots that could trip you up. Overlook worth the detour. Interesting diverse flora but too early for fall colors.

Beautiful hike and amazing day. Me and my wife completed in 3.5 hours. It starts with Byron Reece trailhead and there is 0.7 miles of rocky stairs meeting at intersection for Freeman and Appalachian Trail. We took AT to climb and loop back to freeman trail. AT its bit heavily trafficked and freeman trail path is low trafficked. Freeman Trail is rocky and it rained today, so was very slippery. But overall the view from top calls for another visit to this beauty.

Its out first hike on Appalachian Trail

nice trail a little confusing but some great spots to camp

hiking
9 days ago

Nice late afternoon hike. We didn't see another human being. We measured about 5.5 miles including the approach and overlook. Some markers are confusing.

Arrived 9am on a Sunday morning in early October. Parking lot was almost full but still a few spots. Seems to be a popular spot for overnight camping so weekend mornings are probably the worst in terms of parking, along with holidays.

Went up the AT and down Freeman - found this hike pretty easy, got up in just over an hour. Couple of good spots for views but not too many tbh.

Freeman descent was very easy, it was very wet but still not a single area where I was concerned.

Overall not much of a challenge for anyone used to hiking.

Keep in mind all reviews are relative - I hike a lot.

Pretty nice views from the top of Blood Mountain Trail. Overall it’s a bit of a rocky hike and when I went it had just rained so it is a bit slippery. There is one part after the freeman trail meets the Byron Reese And Appalachian trails that it is difficult to see where the AT goes next. The freeman trail is a bit narrow on the way back.

No warnings for the roads to get to the trail head. GPS took us the back way. Good thing we had a 4 wheel drive, we saw a minivan get stuck near a creek on the trail. The trail itself was perfect for me and my kids and the falls are beautiful. We saw a small snake, went for a dip... it was a fun adventure overall!

The hike was absolutely amazing. We stayed and watched the sunset at the top and hiked down via the AT with headlamps. It was by far the best sunset I’ve seen in GA! It took us about an hour and a half to get up and maybe 45 minutes to get down but we hiked at a pretty quick pace. Not the easiest hike but definitely not horribly challenging.

on Bear Hair Gap Trail

13 days ago

Great shade covered hike.

My wife and I hiked this trail for about the 10th time today. If you start from the main parking lot at Vogel it’s about 4.5 miles. Took us almost 3 hours and several stops. I like going clock wise on this loop. Very beautiful trail.

if you follow the map, you'll park at the Byron Reece trail head off of US 19. the Byron Reece trail connects the parking lot to the Appalachian trail. read this next part twice. the Byron Reece trail is stairs. 0.7 miles of stairs. the Appalachian trail part is medium difficulty uphill hike. there are some difficult spots here and there, but that Byron Reece trail tries to kill you.

I take new people on that trail. I go from the parking lot to the top and spend the night, then walk out the way I came in most of the time. Its 2.15 miles from the parking lot to the shelter on top. you can do 2.15 miles in 8 hours or less. the trail is difficult, it will require a lot of work, but you can do it if you try hard enough and take your time. the views and camping up top is great with a sense of accomplishment.

Loved this one! Took Freeman up and that part was my favorite! Down from the shelter has lots of traffic. Great hike!

Awesome hike! I loved this so much. The hike up to Blood Mt. summit wasn’t too bad and the trail is well marked for the most part (although I did get turn around at some points) and the view from the top as incredible. The Freeman loop was not as fun. It is very rocky and you have to watch your footing while also watching out for spider webs. I ran into some hugggeeee spiders, which was not ideal. Good news is that if you go soon, I already cleared them out for you! Most definitely would hike again!

easily one of my fav waterfalls in this area..easy hike to two great falls.

decent trail. clean. family friendly.

Did this yesterday. Beautiful day, beautiful hike. Not for amateurs. I expected the Freeman’s Loop portion to be easier than it was. Very rocky. Some people brought dogs but I think my dog (who is great on some hikes) would have struggled.

Did his about a week ago and had the best time ever! We should’ve stayed up top and just played around. The views were beautiful and the old shelter was cool (can’t wait to see what my fiend wrote on our next visit).

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good walk, but not my favorite. It's helpful because at least 4 or 5 trail heads sit ON this loop. But, as a stand alone, it's only worth it for the mountain shots across the lake and there's lake activities you can get into. It's not my favorite because the begining of the loop, you have to walk past secluded cabins, right next to the road just to get to the trail head. Which defeats the whole purpose of a nature walk. There's also a water recycle plant right on the loop, so it smells terrible when you're close in proximity to it

Loved this hike, it was speldid. Double feature waterfall, the top fall is better (in my opinion) for swimming. I gave four stars because we didn't know that there are TWO enterances. We went through the back and had to cross TWO rivers in my little Kia Forte. Which, no surprise, we had to park and walk. It was a solid half mile, if not more, to the actual waterfall entrance. Other than that, no complaints. SUPER slick, so be cautious. A must see, we plan to go back.

Beautiful view of two waterfalls. Super easy. I’d hardly even call it a hike.

the amount of water coming from the mountain is based on the rain fall so sometimes this falls is pouring out water and sometimes a trickle but still a nice easy hike

extremely easy falls to hike to but still worth the trip...

It was a beautiful day for an awesome hike!

Prefer to go up AT and return via Freeman Trail to avoid the crowds coming up. Freeman is usually empty.

This trail is no joke. View at the summit is absolutely worth it.

Short easy hike to a very pretty waterfall.

Very short little hike down to 2 beautiful waterfalls, the upper falls has a great little pool to swim in. It is cooler water so it’s perfect for summer but a great short walk any time of year to view the falls. Great for kids and older adults.

on DeSoto Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Short but nice trail.

It's a nice walk in the woods. It's not to long. Getting to the lower falls does have some incline, but nothing serious. The upper falls are a breeze to get to. I like the fact that it doesn't take forever. It's a good date hike. Carry a bottle of water. The Georgia humidity is crazy right now with all the rain.

hiking
1 month ago

It a neat short 2 mile hike to 2 small waterfalls.... 1 from the lower loop and other from the upper one.

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