Neels Gap to Slaughter Mountain

HARD 6 reviews
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Neels Gap to Slaughter Mountain is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Owltown, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.5 miles
2,431 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly






wild flowers







historic site

Park at the day hikers parking lot 1/2 mile north of Mountain Crossing. Take Byron Reese Trail to the Appalachian Trail, follow the Appalachian Trail to Blood Mountain. Continue past Blood Mountain shelter to the Duncan Ridge Trail. Follow Duncan Ridge Trail to Slaughter Mountain. If you wish to summit Slaughter Mountain, continue past the mountain peak on left until the trail starts a slight downward trend, look back over your left shoulder and follow ridge up to the summit. There is a faint trail going to the summit. Blood Mountain and Slaughter Mountain are two of Georgia's 4,000 ft mountains. They are ranked 6th and 9th respectively.

Monday, April 24, 2017

First two miles hella up hill. Last two miles are knee burners. Great workout. Great views. On a clear day the views are absolutely stunning. The ascent up blood mountain is pretty gnarly. Nice and challenging. Great prep for an AT hike. The trail doesn't summit slaughter mountain unless You go off trail. I recommend only if u have long pants on due to poison ivy. So I suggest doing it in the winter.

Enjoy. I do trails like these as much as possible and this was for sure a leg burner.

Ps. Always good to bring extra water. A thru hiker may need some at the summit.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Always great to be on the AT. After parking 1/2 mile north of Mountain Crossing we headed up Bryon Reese Trail to join the AT to Blood Mountain. Temperature was about 40 degrees with overcast skies. Wind was howling at 15-20 mph. After all the rain lately, water sources were everywhere. Even the summit had water if your willing to scoop water out of rock pockets/holes.

After lunch on top of Blood Mountain we headed over to Slaughter Mountain via the AT and Duncan Ridge Trail. We found a faint trail off Duncan to take us to the summit.

Great hike with great friends.

11 months ago