Neels Gap to Slaughter Mountain

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

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,431 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

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.

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9 days ago

I would recommend this trail only to experienced hiker as it’s very rocky and strenuous. I went for snow hike and it’s was lot of snow, there was difficulty to find the trail path, but overall it was super fun to hike this trail. View from the top is amazing and worth the hike

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bugs
9 months ago

Very nice trail, especially along the AT. Periodically very rocky. Challenging but doable for any experienced hiker. Nice views at the top, provided that the clouds clear. The cabin at the top of Blood Mountain and the views make for a great lunch spot. The hike to Slaughter Mountain was uneventful and a bit buggy. I would do the Freeman loop instead of going over to Slaughter.

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rocky
11 months ago

Challenging but fun! did the whole 7.5mi amount. Very rocky when you're on the AT part but fantastic views atop Blood Mountain. Didn't find a way to get to the summit of Slaughter Mountain, though that might be because all the forest looks the same without all the leaves. The temp varied a lot - in the coldest parts was in the 40s, then on the descent/trip back it was in the 50s. Bring gloves + something to cover ears. Very isolated once you leave the AT part and hit the other trail. Climb-heavy too, I got a blister on my right heel (though that could also be because I'm breaking in my boots still). Great for a solo hike. Probably better with others.

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Mon Apr 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. HAPPY TRAILS!!!!!!

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Fri Jan 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.

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