Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain

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Vogel State Park to Blood Mountain is a 7.5 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.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,001 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
bugs
6 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

The hike is great but the trail it’s very difficult to follow because there is so little marks. I did 2 weeks ago when there was snow and I got lost. Luckily I ended at the road back to the parking lot. Nevertheless, I came back today with better weather and It’s ok. There was no one but my husband and I in this beautiful place. I love it. I wish the marking was better. It’s not 7.5 miles it’s actually around 9 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

If you want to unleash your dog once up the trail, forget it. I went and it was soooo busy, yap ankle biters, grumpy bulldog and the trail was a muddy worn mess. Without a dog and if your a sightseeing occasional hiker this a great place, awesome looooooonnnnnng range Mountain Vistas, I had know idea Ga. had 4000 ft + peaks.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with awesome view but longer than 7.5 miles and the trail is poorly marked altho I hiked it in the snow.

6 months ago

A very strenuous but great hike. Spectacular views at Blood Mtn. Definitely print out the map from Alltrails because it's very detailed.

hiking
6 months ago

it is a tough hike out of vogel up to slaughter gap. gets easier on duncan ridge up to the AT and then blood mountain. I missed the right turn on the way down too. this route is a great way to avoid the insanity of the Byron Reece trailhead.

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Friday, May 11, 2018

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!

backpacking
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, December 28, 2017

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.

hiking
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!!!!

hiking
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

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Great trail! Surprisingly quiet.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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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