Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain

HARD 30 reviews

Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.1 miles
2,158 feet
Out & Back

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A hiking trail from Vogel State Park to the top of Blood Mountain. The trail is strenuous in certain portions and lightly used. The trail begins at the southern most campsites in the park. However, you must park at the park's visitor's center and walk through the campground to the Pioneer Camping area. From there follow the trail which becomes more narrow soon after passing the last campsites. It is steep in some portions. Make sure to turn left at the junction with the Bare Hare trail. From here the trail is more moderate. during the middle section it climbs the southern ridge of Blood Mountain, passing two campsites before going over Slaughter Gap and joining the A.T. which then takes you to the top of Blood Mountain. Spectacular views from Blood Mountain, including of your starting point back at Vogel State Park.

16 days ago

The trail is actually 8.5 miles (Website), and challenging beginners. We missed the right turn on Duncan Ridge trail and made a right on a blue trail walking a mile in a half off trail to Bird Gap. We had to turnaround to get back on course. Loved the hike, I would do it again, but taking my time not to missed the right turn.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail the entire way. Scenery changes from creek, to fern covered forrest to rock covered trail making it to the summit. Great views! On the way back the turn onto Duncan Ridge Trail can easily be missed if other hikers are stepping aside for you to pass. The sign is set back some off the AT & facing more toward other direction.

3 months ago

We had an amazing hike today out of Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain. Hiking up, we only saw one other hiker, who guided us when we weren't sure which path to take. We saw this same hiker at the top, along with about 10 thru hikers. The trail was well marked and seemed to have some new signs for Blood Mountain. It was definitely a strenuous uphill the whole way out! Well worth the hike, great views from the top and a good workout!

3 months ago

Great all-around hike. On the return from Vogel, be sure to keep a close eye out for the right turn onto the Duncan Ridge Trail. The sign can' be easily missed when you're SOBO on the AT.

3 months ago

Great day...i agree with the other reviews....would be very difficult to get lost. Follow James steps verbatim

7 months ago

Great trail! Not very well marked, we missed the first turn off from Bear Hair Trail but were able to connect at the Beae Hair Gap/Coosa Backcountry Junction. Steady climb. By far the best route to Blood Mountain.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

As described. James' instructions below are spot on. Good hike. Did in about 4 hours total. Plenty of creek crossings for the four-legged. Now if she'll just sleep tonite and not bark at every sound....sigh.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Love this trail. The views on the summit are breathtaking. It is a constant climb all the way to the top for about 5 miles. Great workout. At the summit is an AT shelter where hikers regroup for there descent to neels gap. Great people outstanding views. Park at Vogel state park. Take the bear hair gap trail to the coosa trail. Take a sharp left at the Duncan trail and then left on the Appalachian trail. Follow about a third of a mile to the summit and enjoy!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

One of my favorites in Georgia. The Coosa back country Trail brings you through the woods through ridgelines and eventually to the AT cabin and shelter at the peak. Proceed pastor shelter less than a quarter-mile for outstanding views of the vistas nearby.
Parking does become packed so be aware of spaces as they are limited. Head over the mountain crossings across the street and amazing outfitters store

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Great trail! Surprisingly quiet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

this is a great trail for scouts to practice their skills.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Great hike. The trail that connects the coosa backcountry trail to the AT isn't clearly marked from the Vogel park side. The trail that connects the coosa backcountry trail to the AT is about 3/10 of a mile on the right past the bear hair trail. The return trail from blood mountain that connects the AT to the coosa backcountry is clearly marked, Duncan Ridge trail, about 1/2 mile on the right departing from the blood mountain shelter. Excellent views after the leaves have fallen and a heavy rain a few day prior to the hike.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our gps reading on this is more like 9 miles. That said, it's excellent training and I like that it is a fairly quiet trail. Blood Mountain doesn't have views quite as nice as some of its nearby neighbors, but you'll still get your fill on the way up. If you take the Bear Hair trail, there is a short-ish side trail to an overlook point that's pretty nice in the fall. The Bear Hair trail will add mileage but makes for an easier hike due to the more moderate ascent.

Make sure to follow the Blood Mountain sign (red blaze) at the Coosa/Bear Hair trail junction. It's not as obvious as the other trail but rest assured, it is a real trail.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We did this as a day hike while camping at Vogel State Park. The trail has so much to offer... lower open forest, a few small water falls, upper section along a ridge with views and it is very quiet and peaceful (lightly used). Bring water and food.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

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