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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.

This is a solid hiking trail any way you start. If you start by Freeman trail you need to be patient, the rocks are a bit tricky. If you go on the AT to start, you need to be prepared for a workout. The right hiking shoes are a must! Best trail I’ve hiked so far.

walking
9 days ago

Cute informative little trail. Safe for seniors and kids. Dog friendly.

Beautiful waterfall that’s attached to Vogel state park.

Great hike, views and people along the way.

Lovely views, it’s a climb but with lots of variety and a few rocks to work around creating some variety. Not a slog. Plenty of people but not a problem. Parking is the big frustration.

backpacking
17 days ago

We hiked this trail counter clockwise camping overnight at Coosa Bald. The first .8 Miles is moderate and then turns relatively flat for about 2 Miles then you start to go up all the way to Coosa Bald. Steady and more challenging as you get closer to the Bald. From the Bald to Hwy 180 is predominately downhill. The trail heads up from hwy 180 sharply all the way to Slaughter Mt. It is downhill from Slaughter on a path of mostly rocks and roots. I think this path is a good parallel to the harder sections of the AT in Georgia.

great hike beautiful scenery well worth it

Beautiful day, definitely moderate not difficult. Elevation, some rock scrambles, but nothing scary. No precipitous drop-offs. 5-6 small stream crossings.
Late April, trees and wildflowers about 1 week away from full bloom. Arrived at 8am and had no trouble getting parking. Saw most of the ppl at the top of Blood mtn or at intersection of AT and Freeman. Generally not many ppl.
A great hike.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful trail. Took two hours at a reasonable pace. Hit the trail after 3 days of heavy rain, so there was no avoiding getting wet crossing 5 roaring streams. The overlook is awe inspiring, so be sure to take that little five minute detour. The trail markers can get confusing, as there are 3 at times: green rectangle, green diamond, and red rectangle. The park needs to redo the trail map so the markers match what the map says there are, as the map says Coosa is blue. Do this one counter clockwise, as clockwise would be like climbing stairs. Definitely going back.

very steep, just take your time. The views are amazing!

A nice and very easy hike for little ones and seniors at Vogal State Park that allows them to get close to a waterfall. The hike around the lake is very nice as well.

We hiked this trail earlier today. there were quite a few groups of people but not crowded. I took my six year old and only saw one other group with children. mine was fine, he tripped a couple of times on the rocks. This is a hard trail, but very rewarding! You are climbing over rocks and boulders for a bit of the trail. I recommend going when there are clear skies, there was quite a bit of fog and at the top there were no good views because of that. There was a valley close to the top that we enjoyed quite a bit though!

hiking
1 month ago

it's open

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike and stunning views from the top of Blood Mountain. It was pretty crowded on a late morning weekday during Spring Break. But since we continued the loop to continue to the Freeman Trail, it was less crowded coming down the mountain than if we had backtracked back down like every other group was doing. Ran into a few AT through hikers. The last 2 miles is the Freeman Trail and we only saw one other person on it. We did this with kids (11 and 4) so it took almost double the time as what most people take for the loop because of many extended breaks to rest the little one's legs. But we planned for it to be an all day thing so it was a great adventure for them. I wouldn't recommend the full 6 mile loop for most people with small children unless you know your child can handle it. The last 2 miles on the Freeman Trail can be daunting for them since it is a lot of boulders and rocks after being tired out by the summit climb.

Trail is open (3/31/18).

A nice walk in the woods but the only view is small and found at the summit. I agree with walking this one counter clockwise. I prefer dealing with rocks and loose footing going uphill. Several creek crossings along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

very easy hike restrooms a little way down from trail head. if looking to see waterfalls its nice looking for more of a hike not for you.

Beautiful hike. A little challenging but definitely worth it!

Did this trail in March 2018 and it’s a great day hike. The first 2/3 of the Trail ascends up Blood Mountain gradually with a pretty good push to the summit, then descends steeply over the finally mile and a half. The trail itself isn’t as established which gives it a very rustic adventurous feel as you hike the Blood Mountain ridge line. The second half of the hike loops back on the AT giving you a chance to run into AT through hikers. Not too difficult would definitely recommend.

Always a nice hike. Beautiful falls very easy to visit.

backpacking
2 months ago

Really nice trail. Fun elements of creeks and views and Vogel is really pretty. The climbs are serious but not unbearable. I took my boys aged 9 and 11 backpacking in the counterclockwise direction. Good reviews containing good details elsewhere here. This all trails gps trail location is off and wonky near Bear Hair trail. Not terrible but a wee bit disconcerting.

My dog, Rezin, and I hiked the loop today, and I couldn’t be happier with how awesome it was. Weather was a little cloudy so it gave some nice shade. Great water access for majority of the hike. I didn’t need to get out my dog bowl, he was sipping from small creeks and puddles pretty much every time we took a break. The view from the peak of blood Mountain is out of this world! Decent amount of people on the trail, but all friendly and majority had dogs but they were friendly as well. Great place to also camp, so I plan on doing that next time! Overall, it was an absolutely beautiful and stunning hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views! Added part of the Bear Hair Gap Trail to get up to the overlook to see Brasstown Bald. We did the trail clockwise which I recommend. That way we had the two big peaks to accomplish first, not at the end of our trip.

Watch out for ice and mud, but the trail is in good shape.

Good for most hikers. Water for the dogs throughout. Gorgeous all times of the year.

One of my favorite trails! Definitely a little difficult, but you'll be fully rewarded with the view at the top!

Beautiful trail with a great view of Lake Trahlyta.

When I seen the name I had to go .. My mothers maiden name was Helton and my hobby is ancestry so this was a must for me And so well worth it .

backpacking
4 months ago

Tough Trail, but the views were beautiful. There was still a good bit of snow and ice on the trail when we started on Saturday morning; however by Sunday afternoon most of it melted making the down hills little sketchy

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