Blood Mountain via Slaughter Creek Trail

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Chestatee Wildlife Management Area

Blood Mountain via Slaughter Creek Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Suches, Georgia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping.

Length7.9 miElevation gain1,863 ftRoute typeLoop
CampingHikingForestViewsWildlife
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NOTE: Hikers report that there is no parking at the trailhead. There is parking on the side of the road, but keep in mind that you will be adding some length to your hike. There IS parking right at the southern end of Lake Winfield Scott

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Jim Wilson
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RunningGreat!

Nice trail, intermediate for sure, not too crowded, well marked. Views were average, don’t recall anything spectacular but nice distance and elevation to build up for tougher hikes. Stretch along creek is pretty.

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TomF Neph
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HikingFeeMuddy

This is a great day hike. With the leaves off the trees, the continuous views from Jarrard gap trail and the AT are wonderful this time of year, contrasting with the quiet rhododendron tunnel that is the Slaughter Creek trail. Start early to avoid the masses on top!

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Angie Roseman
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Muddy but gorgeous

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Chris Hall
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Mark Nuhfer
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HikingFeeGreat!

I loved everything about this trail! We went counterclockwise. The hike up was a good workout. With the trees bare we had great views of the surrounding mountains. We didn't encounter too many people until we got to the AT and then the hike up to the peak of Blood Mountain. And then we saw at least 50 people and at times it can be a bit hard to pass on the often narrow trail. I'm thinking Saturday after Thanksgiving brought a lot of people out. We saw a lot of backpackers and even a camper on the trail. I'd be tempted to skip the peak with so many people but it's so beautiful up there! And the old AT shelter is cool too see. The hike down Slaughter Creek Trail was my favorite part. It was quiet, peaceful, empty. With the trees bare the leaf-covered hillsides seemed to stretch up from the valley forever, and then you find yourself in rhododendron tunnels. The trail was wide and smooth and gently sloped. I think this was my favorite All-Trails hike so far and I'll definitely go back. $5 to park in the lot at the southern end of the lake.

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Anne Toale
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Great hike very poorly marked. Don’t even think about using the provided map. We asked three different people for directions. We will use GPS next time we were beginners. Hiking poles bet helpful here.

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Amy Patterson
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Hiking

This was a great trail! Tacked on the Freeman Loop to the Slaughter Creek/Jarrard Gap trails up to Blood Mountain. Came out to around 10.5/11 miles.

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Christine Schroeder
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike with exceptional views at the top of Blood Mountain. Didn’t run into too many other hikers on the trail. The leaves are mostly down now, but that makes for better views as you ascend and descend. Park at Lake Winfield Scott for $5. Like others suggested, we hiked it counter clockwise and that was a great decision.

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Darshan Sarojini
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rhea Dorris
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Scott Trump
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HikingFeeRocky

PERFECT FOR HALLOWEEN.... I mean, blood and slaughter, right?!?! A bear of a trail though...we came in at 9.1 miles instead of the 7.9 that was advertised. We took the advice of others and did the trail counterclockwise and we were happy we did. Great views and most of the trail was pretty quiet except for at the top of Blood Mountain where there were plenty of crowds. Also, be wary of extra water crossings and increased difficulty if going after rain.... added a little something extra for us.

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Mike Catellier
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Great! High climbs but beautiful

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Qasim .
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

Amazing views up top. I did the trail counter clockwise, like the others suggested. This way, you have easier incline on the way back. Lots of leaves on the ground this time of year, which made it hard to see tripping hazards. Be careful out there.

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Aria Khodayari
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HikingGreat!

Super hard but really worth the view. $5 parking at lake Winfield Scott. Super easy to get on and off the trail. Not too busy which was perfect!

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Penelope Morisey
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I think this is now my favorite way to hike blood mountain ! Quiet and easy to park $5 fee required . The lake at the parking is so pretty . Nice hike up - we took the slaughter trail up and the AT/ Jared back Took about 2 hours to the top and 1 hr 45 back - not too hard and the best part not too many people to pass . As always a few people at the top but that is to be expected - gorgeous views on a lovely sunny day - preferred their slaughter trail on way up - Jared a little narrower and prob harder to find going anti clockwise

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Bryan Rozier
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HikingFeeGreat!Muddy

A wonderful trail. Like others I opted for the counter clockwise route and was also happy with that decision. It did take me a few minutes to find the trailhead. From the parking area (at the southside of the lake) take a left and you will find it about 100 yards on the right.

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Chris fenter
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HikingFeeGreat!

This trail was a great way to get to Blood Mountain. It was clearly less traveled than other ways up. We opted to do what others reported doing- going counterclockwise and liked that, with the easier side on the way down. The description above doesn’t include info on dogs being allowed on leash, but I did find that they are from another local website. We didn’t pass too many people, expect for the offshoot to get to the top of Blood Mountain. There were a good number of people up there so we found a little side area to eat our lunch. Our health watch had us at about 9 miles total once we got back to the car. And there is designated parking right where the recorded trail begins; we paid our fee at the attended entrance kiosk. I was glad to have downloaded the map so I could reference it when other trails crossed our path. I was able to find three geocaches on this trail as well, if you’re into that. Overall a really enjoyable hike.

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Chris M
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HikingFeeGreat!MuddyRocky

Lots of areas to park near trailhead. Beautiful scenery and no trash on the trail which was nice for a change.

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