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Blood Mountain and Freeman Loop Trail

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Vogel State Park

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.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,545 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky
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Easy parking at the trail head.

Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, P.O. Box 1776, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE , Atlanta, GA, 30301, Phone: 404-656-3590

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.

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Mary Huang
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Perfect length and difficulty for hiking. Beautiful view on top. Enjoyed so much!

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Joe Kimball
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail with some steep switchbacks but the view is worth the effort. Took us several hours to complete and wasnt very crowded.

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Katherine Higgins
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Difficult but great hike. The view at the top was beautiful especially during the fall.

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Jeremy Quinn
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HikingGreat!

Awesome hike ya’ll !! Nicely maintained trail and definitely do the loop, fantastic!! My first time here and parked at Byron Reece Trailhead, that being said, definitely get there early, say around 30-45 min before sunrise if you want a legit parking spot. Enjoy, cheers...

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Jose Navarro
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Great hike.. really rough but completely worth it. Max elevation 4430ft..

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John Murphy
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Great views at the top especially the sunset with some pretty intense climbs on the way up. Expect company as its pretty crowded.

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Laura Newman
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Wonderful lots of variations other than to many people

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Corrie Becker
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Wonderful!

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Lauma Brīvība
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HikingFeeGreat!Over grownRocky

Great hike! Views from the top are amazing. A lot of people (Saturday!) but it was fine. The Freeman Loop Trail was almost empathy. I saw only a few people there. You can see the trail, but it is overgrown a bit. If you hike alone on Freeman Loop only, you might feel like you are alone in all the forest.

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Jenna D'Angelo
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HikingGreat!Over grown

Really loved this hike, especially the first half. The view of the Georgia Mountains at the top of Blood is awesome and totally worth it (when you get to the first big view where everyone stops, keep going! It’s even more expansive a little further up). I also always love hikes that take me on parts of the AP. The back half along Freeman was definitely a bit overgrown (not in a get lost kind of way, just greens covering the trail) and there was a LOT of poison ivy on the trail, so wear pants! Def will be back.

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H E
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Nick Mathews
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Sophia He
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Good

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Kevin Sherrer
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Jeff Henderson
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BackpackingGreat!Off trailRocky

I wouldn’t rate this hike as hard. The climb up Blood Mtn. is strenuous, but it’s doable. We found the Freeman Trail less well-marked than the AT; at times you just kept going is same direction until you saw another blaze.

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Dave Buttner
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HikingMuddyScramble

Great hike! Nice climb to the top via the AT, with awesome views. Really fun and challenging loop back down via the Freeman, with lots of rock scrambling. Legit "hard" rating, but more because of the Freeman than the AT. Muddy mostly due to the rain the day of our hike.

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Mike Ferretti
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HikingGreat!

I really enjoyed this trail. It was my fav of the 6 we did in the area. Nice mix of rocks, limbs n some uphill climbs. Definately a great trail

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Ethan Tabor
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Great climb, challenging but satisfying once at the top.

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artsy hiker
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Mike Witkowiak
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Ashley Marie
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SC Allen
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HikingMuddyRocky

We hiked the trail from the trail head located at the Byron H. Reece Memorial to the Freeman Loop Trail, up to the top of Blood MTN, and then returned to the trail head. We loved the challenge and the views from Blood MTN, yet were disappointed that the trail didn’t offer more spectacular outlooks with views. Although the trail straight to the top was heavily trafficked, we were the only hikers on the Freeman Loop Trail. Trail is well maintained yet could use a few more trail markers. We actually took a false trail during our decent and had to back track. Again, great hike with a phenomenal view.

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