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Jarrard Gap Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Suches, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 1,154 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Camping

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Nature trips

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Forest

Lake

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Wild flowers

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This is a 1+ mile trail from Lake Winfield Scott to intersection with the AT at Jarrard Gap. Easy-to-moderate AT approach trail. Does not get particularly steep near AT like most approach trails. Makes for a lovely loop trip going up the Jarrard Gap Trail, up to Bird Gap on the AT, then back down the Slaughter Creek Trail to its shared trailhead with the Jarrard Gap Trail, about 5-6 moderate miles.

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 from Blairsville for 9.5. Turn right (west) onto GA 180 and go 7 miles to the main entrance to lake Winfield Scott Campground. Turn left into the campground. Follow this road over a hill and continue straight ahead into a gravel parking lot at the foot of the hill. From the parking lot, hike along the paved road passing the guard rail at the head of the lake. The trailhead is on the right of the road just past the guardrails.

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Brian Maes
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Hiking

We very much enjoyed the trail on a beautiful day with sunshine.

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Julia Thorn
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Hiking

This is a great loop hike, but I don’t feel there is too much point doing it unless you continue to the top of Blood Mountain. I had been up Blood Mtn on the Freeman Trail/AT loop only two days ago but I went to the top again today. This is a much more mellow way to gain the summit. I went up Slaughter Creek and down AT and the AT ridge portion is a nice relaxing downhill. Also I think this side of the mountain is much less busy. There’s also the benefit of a pleasant lake at the start/finish.

Chris H.
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. The Slaughter Creek section in particular was beautiful--archways of rhododendron interspersed with woodpecker-dense trees and a smooth, almost springy walkway in parts (rocky in others). I recommend going up the Jarrard Gap portion first, enjoying the ridgeline AT hike (although there aren't any views here), and then continuing a mile on the AT to Blood Mountain (views are here!) before turning around and finishing with the Slaughter Creek portion. Although there is some elevation change, I think this loop smooths it out and doesn't present you with any backbreaking climbs. A fair number of people were out on the trails today, although it was the first nice weekend for a while. Dog friendly. $5 fee in the parking area.

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Jen Baker
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Hiking

This trail gives you plenty of opportunity to connect to others if you want to change your direction or distance. A solid Moderate. Very well maintained, beautiful to escape from the city and even with some traffic you feel like you are not overwhelmed by civilization.

Norman Hicks Sr.
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Hiking

The directions on the app drop you at the trailhead unfortunately the is a big no parking sign right there. I wound up parking on the side of the road about a tenth of a mile back the way we had come. I no soon had Willow’s pack on than a local was rolling down his window to tell me the road was aggressively patrolled for parking violations. I figured I was supposed to park in the day use area but had no cash on me and I have yet to see one of these places take plastic. To make a long story short, I did come back to my car at the end of the day to find one of the day use envelopes tucked under my wiper. It could have been worse, but bring $5 for the day use parking area and save yourself the embarrassment. This is a great hike. I don’t think I’ve been on Blood Mountain in 25 years or more. Lots of friendly people and not a few friendly dogs. As is par for Alltrails, the published distance is well under the actual. I think we came in around 8.4 miles including the two extra tenths on the road. There were a few rough places on the Slaughter Creek Trail, I don’t think it gets quite as much love as the AT, but some stretches were remarkably smooth.

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James Holcombe
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Hiking

Once again a wonderful hike. It seemed like there were hundreds of cars parked at Woody Gap as we drove through, but only one or two more cars than usual at the parking lot at Lake Winfield Scott. Atlanta set a record for this date of 94 but it only got to 84 on the mountain. What’s not to like?

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Tom .
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Hiking

Nice way to spend a Saturday morning. Took the Jarrard Gap Trl on the way out to the AT and then the AT to the Blood Mtn Shelter, turned around and came back on the Slaughter Creek Trl.

Alyssa Park
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Hiking

Great trail. Mix of a little bit of views through trees, creeks, little waterfalls, flat areas and rocks. Very dog friendly. Some bugs were out but not biting - I can imagine when different bugs come out it could be bad to hike through.

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Steven Brashear
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Hiked in counter clockwise. The weather was cold, and do to a front that moved in the night before, everything was covered or dusted with snow. The trail looked amazing. I branched off to the Appalachian trail at the split. It’s a bit confusing with the way the sign reads but it’s a left toward Neals Gap if you’re wanting to do the loop. A good majority of the little runoffs were frozen over so water wasn’t available until I reached the base of Blood Mountain. Going up to Blood Mountain overlook was challenging as many of the steps were completely iced over. I would recommend having some spikes available for these parts if you plan to venture out in the same conditions. I stayed overnight at the summit for the Super Blood wolf moon lunar eclipse. Pretty impressive from up there. The following day I hiked down and finished the Slaughter Creek trail to complete the loop. More running water on that side of the loop. All in all a good hike.

Eric Wagner
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Nice views from the top. It’s borderline moderate. Not as strenuous as others. Finished in about 2.5 hours.

Lauren Gaddis
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Pretty trail that’s probably amazing in spring. As mentioned, Jarrard and Slaughter trails not well marked. Therefore, I felt like Moses wandering through the desert. AT section is nice. $5 fee for parking, cash or check only. Atlanta trails has better info on route to take and landmarks. Highly advise starting at Jarrard end and not the Slaughter end.

E Weber
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Hiking

This loop is actually Jarrard Gap trail to AT to Slaughter Creek trail. The Jarrard section was poorly marked in some places. At one point, after losing the trail near an old campsite and wandering for 20 minutes, I ended up just sitting on a log and waiting until someone came down the mountain from the other direction - never would have found the trail otherwise. The AT section doesn't really have any views even though it follows the ridgeline, thanks to the tree cover. Recommend doing a spur up the AT to Blood Mountain, which has a great view and is worth the extra mile or so. The Slaughter Creek section was the prettiest, with lovely foliage and lots of picturesque creek crossings. Next time, I would choose to do Slaughter Creek out and back. My dog liked this hike and had no problems with the terrain.

DJ Daniels
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truly spectacular! streams and rhododendron tunnels, followed by gorgeous ridgeline views, then back down into the valley

Brian 714
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fun trail. second time doing this loop trail. great hike.

Miles Gumbrill
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Frank Goldman
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Hiking

Good hike. The course is a bit confusing if you don't know that the blue tags do not continue on the AT, which is marked in white. So, if you start from the trailhead and do the loop counterclockwise, it's blue to Jarrad Gap, then white for the AT, and then back to blue for Slaughter Creek to complete the loop.

Danko Polny
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Hiking

What a great hike. We started out uphill on the Jarrard, leveling out on the AT before taking the Slaughter Creek downhill for a nice loop. The lake and creek at the end makes for a nice cool down for the dogs. Great hike for the dogs. Lots of solitude.

Doug Kuelz
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Backpacking

finally a nice day with no rain! The trail was wet but not muddy. started off with Slaughter Creek Trail, (following the creek was nice) Had some views through the trees from the Appalachian Trail, had the leaves bloomed, there would not have been any. Watch your blazes, easy enough to go down the "unknown trail." Also, F.Y.I. there is a $5 registration fee.

Sloane ONeal
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Terrific trail. Probably crowded when it’s not winter because it’s easy. Most anyone can do it imo.

TIM WINSLETT
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Hiking

This should actually be called slaughter creek/Appalachian trail/jarrard loop as the jarrard section is the shortest and the least scenic. its a great hike and you get to say you hiked the Appalachian trail, albeit for about a mile and a half.

Kelley Austin
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Backpacking

Good trail for first time hikers. Plenty of water and campsites. Also has the option to head up to the Blood Mountain Shelter. Seems to be moderate to heavy hiking traffic with sites filling up in the fall.

Michael Stokes
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This trail isn't moderate, it's very easy.

Brian 714
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nice hike. trail is marked good.

Mandy Bates
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Excellent hike

Patty Smith
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good trail. connects up with the AT. taken care of and peaceful. good to hike into the AT.

Steve Jones
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Hiking

This is a fine approach to the AT. My daughter and I hiked it at about 6:45 pm, and then set up camp in the gap that night. I highly recommend combining this hike with the AT and Slaughter Creek trail!

Mikel Manitius
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Hiking

This is a connector trail from Lake Winfield Scott to the A.T. It can be a little difficult to locate at first. There are no views along the trail but it is a nice quiet hike in the forest. Some areas are steep. There are camp sites at Jarrard Gap where the trail meets the AT. We used it as the first leg to a two night Blood Mountain hike, coming back down from Slaughter Gap.

John Fletcher
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Hiking

Enjoyable trail with moderate incline the whole way (I was hiking downhill, not too hard on the knees). Beautiful "laureldendron" thickets the whole way. Like the description, makes a lovely loop when combined in any way with the AT and the Slaughter Creek Trail.

N P
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z Exceptional
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