Blood Mountain and Freeman Loop Trail

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Blood Mountain and Freeman Loop Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Directions from Blairsville: Take US 19 and 129 south for 12 miles. Turn right into the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial and continue to the parking lot on the left.

hiking
3 days ago

We are in north GA from West Virginia. We are staying at Vogel. This trail is excellent. My wife and I completed it in 2.5 hours, but we hiked at a steady pace. The hike is challenging but the summit is definitely worth the effort. You won’t be sorry!

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent hike with very strong to moderate climbs. If you do the freeman trail also, be prepared for some strong hiking. This is not a 1.5 - 2 hour hike. Plan for 3-4 hours of string hiking. There is a small waterfall to the-fill once you get about 1/3 way through the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

This was a very good hike, a nice workout for sure. Added a little extra mileage by going up to the 4 corners on the AT and then coming back to the Freeman Trail. Ok, I missed the turn but it was worth it. The dog enjoyed it as well.

10 days ago

My favorite hike in North Georgia, especially in the fall with all the leaves changing. It’s tough and steep but anyone can do it with breaks. Summit is relatively big with 360 views and a cool shelter. Perfect day along the AT.

13 days ago

excellent day hike even for beginners. The trail was challenging with alot of uphill climbing. My heart and pulse has not beat that fast in a long time. It's worth the climb to reach the summit and see the glorious views.

hiking
17 days ago

Wow! There isn’t enough words. This is a difficult trail to say the least, and if you don’t pay attention (don’t know where my mind was) and do counterclockwise, you’re in for a a little more difficult time. There are rocks of all sizes to climb up and over. At one point, there was even a large tree that had obviously recently fallen down blocking an already narrow path. The dog and I climbed up and under to get to the other side. Ran into a AT section hiker twice - once after I completed the Freeman Trail section and then when I looped back to my beginning- and was told that only about 2% of the AT is as difficult as the Freeman and especially if you went counterclockwise like this genius did.

hiking
20 days ago

Fun hike.

24 days ago

one of the best views ever

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail! It’s an intermediate hike but it’s worth the time it takes to get to the top for that beautiful view of the mountain. With lots of water and some stops along the way I had a great time making it. Can’t wait to hike Blood Mountain again!

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Great hike, views and people along the way.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

great hike beautiful scenery well worth it

hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. A little challenging but definitely worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike some ice on the trail but you could bypass most icy patches. This hike was recommended by a few websites as a top winter hike in north GA. They were right beautiful Mountain View’s all the way. Be sure to climb the rocks by the shelter at the summit that’s where the best views are.. as far as difficulty I would say moderate to hard but defiantly I saw dogs and children that made it to the summit with no problems.

hiking
5 months ago

Cold as it gets. Hit the trail at 8:30 this morning and the air temperature was at 7. Beautiful views and vistas although I only spent about 15 minutes at the top.
Trail conditions: deep frozen tundra with some slick spots along the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great scenic views nearing the summit, best one before you reach the shelter. Freeman trail relatively easy but has some great rock scrambles. Get there early as parking is limited.

hiking
5 months ago

It was icy and muddy at times with a lot of rock scrambling to get up some of the inclines making it a challenging and fun hike. There was one part that was hard to see the trail marker on the Appalachian because the marker was worn. Other than that I highly recommend this trail it was a blast and the views at the top were worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike with some stretches of uphill that make it somewhat strenuous. I went in late December and had great weather (lower 50's). Didn't see a single person until I got to Blood Mountain, on the way down passed about 60! This was on a weekday so my guess is weekends the part of the trail that goes up/down the mountain is very crowded.

6 months ago

It was icy, snowy, and muddy at times. It was a great adventure. Lots of scrambling up rocks and inclines to get up!

hiking
6 months ago

Best view was just before the summit. Down hill to Freeman trail was a nice break but expect to engage those quads again on Freeman.

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