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Neels Gap to Blood Mountain is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,463 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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rocky
2 days ago

Great trail! Visited here on May 24th. Keep in mind that the trailhead starts at Byron Reese trailhead, which is open for parking. I would suggest getting there early before 10 to snag a parking spot, or you will be walking. It’s not a difficult trail if you’re in moderate shape, but it will make you sweat! There are some rocky areas in the middle of the trail, but then it levels off at the top to a great view along the Appalachian trail. It took us about an hour to reach the top with no breaks. Total time out and back was about two hours and fifteen minutes.

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rocky
3 days ago

Beautiful hike that’s challenging enough to get you sweating, especially on the way up. The views are absolutely gorgeous at the top, a few different areas to look out from. Highly recommend & dog friendly!

rocky
7 days ago

Don't know why it says Neel's gap, when the recording actually starts at Byron Reese trailhead. Visited this trail on May 16th, 2020. The trailhead parking for Byron Reese was closed but the parking for the visitor center/Neel's Gap was open. So walked from the visitor center to Byron Reese, which was 0.6 miles. started at about 1pm for the hike. with a break for lunch and maybe 4 more mini breaks, It took about 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish the entire hike and to get back to the car. The hike was strenuous. Make sure to bring plenty of water, at least a liter. Hiking sticks will be helpful since it's rocky and steep incline. When you get to the very end, there is a shelter and one picture worth taking.

hiking
13 days ago

Difficult for beginners but amazing views at the top!

hiking
15 days ago

I love it !!!!

hiking
17 days ago

We went on a cold foggy January day. We could only imagine how beautiful the view would have been because of how thick the fog was. Some parts of the trail were a little hard, but all in all such a beautiful trail :) Will go back soon just to see the views without the fog

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muddy
23 days ago

45min from parking lot to summit at a faster pace

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rocky
1 month ago

A very challenging hike for this Florida boy but the view at the end was all worth it. Weekends appear to have a packed parking lot and there is plenty of signage saying you will be towed if not parked in designated parking spot. I would recommend hiking on a weekday or getting there very early. About it a four hour up and down hike for me and my wife.

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snow
2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Started out sunny, began to rain, and was snowing at the top! Great views when the clouds moved out. Our dog did well on the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty hike. Muddy but would definitely do it again.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great day hike. Steady climb and muddy conditions made it slow going but worth it. Views from the top are awesome!

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rocky
2 months ago

3 months ago

Amazing! Even better while snowing. Views weren't the best they could be but still worth it!

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rocky
4 months ago

Awesome hike. The trail is a constant ascend with some switchbacks. I found this trail challenging after you meet up with the AT. Plenty of stairs and elevation with some decent views. You’ll also find ice covered rocks so watch your footing. The view at the top is fantastic. Feels like you’re on top of the world!

hiking
4 months ago

Worth the view. Take water

muddy
4 months ago

One of my favorite summer hikes, but I was surprised by how many people were here on Dec. 31st. If you bring a small dog, you'll be carrying it over the rocks closer to the summit. But regardless of the dog's size PLEASE LEASH YOUR PET. Hiking should be a fun experience and no one should have to deal with dogs fighting each other.

4 months ago

Completed in about 4 hours total. It was a challenging hike. Very nice views from the top. There were a lot of people on a Saturday and lots of dogs. Good to have hiking sticks.

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rocky
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Nice hike. Some areas are not marked well. Be careful. There are bears.

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