Looking for a great trail near Blairsville, Georgia? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Vogel State Park or Amicalola Falls State Park , we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 10 hard trails in Blairsville ranging from 4 to 72.5 miles and from 2,237 to 4,783 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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With the leaves down, there are views throughout. Did it counter clockwise. Long sustained climb uo Coosa. Took the short trip to Coosa Bald as well. Next time Counter clockwise. Imagine there would be few views once the leaves breakout.

I found this trail to be challenging, but then again, I’m 44 years old and could stand to lose 20 pounds. Peaceful hike that wasn’t really too crowded. A couple of sections of the hike were tougher than others as the elevation crept up pretty quickly. The biggest gotcha was picking up Freeman Loop. There is a sign about a mile in the point straight ahead for the Freeman Trail. This is also where the Appalachian Trail crosses over. If you are standing directly in front of the sign for Freeman Trail, you need to look to about the 2 o’clock position to see the entrance to that trail. It’ll be marked with a blue has on a tree a few feet into the trail. For some reason I thought I was supposed to literally go straight ahead. It was a pretty steep slope and I quickly realized I was in the wrong place. It takes some work to get up to the top and to the shelter but it is worth it. Coming back down is much easier and faster as you complete the loop.

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rocky
5 days ago

This trail is definitely one of my favorites. It is VERY rocky so wear supportive shoes or hiking boots. I don’t recommend going after it has rained. We went about 3 days after a storm and a lot of the trail was very muddy (I’m very thankful I wore hiking boots instead of tennis shoes). Also keep in mind that it is very windy and colder at the top than at the bottom. We went when it was 59 and we were freezing at the summit. The views are so beautiful even on an overcast winter day. It was definitely worth it!

Did this yesterday solo. I hiked clockwise and swapped the bottom part of the CBT with the Bear Hair Trail for the views and the additional mileage. Great hike, only saw two other hikers (hiking together). Hiking clockwise gets the ascents out of the way first while you're still fresh. The views from the summit of the Bear Hair trail are awesome. Also there are winter views from the trail on the east side of Slaughter Mountain. My total mileage was 14.34 and time was 5:59:25. Be advised there are lots of blow-down on the way up Slaughter from the south.

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12 days ago

Very strenuous trail, it was 27 deg and raining the entire time. However my brother and I are novices and we were able to complete it in a single day (8hrs). Only saw one other person on the trail, so if you're looking for solitude go on a rainy day.

Great short walk while out and about. The only people who shouldn’t do this “hike” are ones who can’t handle stairs. Otherwise it is very short and easy. The road on the back way in to the trail (not from Vogel) was a great scenic drive with two shallow creek crossings. I’m not sure I would want to take a car through it but any SUV or truck should be fine.

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19 days ago

The hike it’s amazing just very dangerous in some portions. Completed with my husband today Saturday, February 2nd. It was strenuous in some portions but gives you beautiful views and different landscapes than the AT. Too many trees and frozen rocks on the trail but it’s doable just be very careful.

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.

Nice trail with length options. Somewhat rocky, tree rooted, but still not to bad. Went the full loop. The purple section had a dog leg uphill that really pushed me. For a slightly easier route, start with the blue section on the left from parking lot #2.

This trail has great views up the mountain and can be challenging because there's a lot of rocks you are climbing over. We started the loop going to the left but found out that picture worthy views are on the right side of the loop. This trail was a little confusing to us because there are multiple trails that overlap this one and go different ways. We found that we messed up twice and we were hiking the Appalachian trail instead so we had to back track. I suggest giving yourself time for this one. We did the full loop in 5 hours. That's including stopping for photos, resting, and getting lost. We ended up hiking for 45 mins in the dark.

awesome trail with some great views.

would have given it 6 stars if I could. 5 for the workout and 1 for the views :P

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26 days ago

great for anyone as long as you can pace yourself. Great for dogs too!

Easy trail and great views of the lake and park.

Fairly good trail, but wet and dug up by off-roaders in a couple of spots. Full loop is longer than advertised on here at around 2.5 miles. The map on here doesn't include the Blue and Orange paths.
The Yellow path cuts through the middle of the loop and allows for a shorter walk. There is also a second parking lot and trailhead at the North end of the loop, about a mile north up the road from where the trailhead advertised on here is. The Sunny day in winter, didn't see anyone else.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Went on probably the coldest day of this winter. Trails had lots of ice and snow. Absolutely beautiful. Would recommend hiking poles and hiking shoes. Also, trails kind of got confusing because of different names. Neels Gap was not even mentioned on the information bird before the trail.

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1 month ago

beautiful view

If you’re looking for some of the best views on the GA part of the AT and the highest in Ga than look no further. It’s a heart pounding climb but well worth it. Can be very crowded on pretty weekends so plan your start early.

Great little day hike, I return here often. Moderate to hard at some points but over all very lovely views at the top.

Great hike ,started at the Trackrock Gap, on Sunday Jan.6th. We are a group of 6 preparing for Kill. First 1.5 miles of the hike was difficult but doable then became a regular hike. After hiking for 3.5 miles the trail was impassable with many fallen Rhododendron trees blocking the trail ,so we hiked back to the starting point.
We drove to the Brasstown Bald visitors center and hiked up to the summit .Views from the observatory tower were stunning on that clear pleasant day.

My wife and I hike this trail on a regular basis with our two Golden Retrievers. We all love it!
There are always friendly people on the trail, and we often run into through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail
The views are fantastic!

Good hard hike with the best views I have ever seen besides the grand canyon and I'm afraid of heights so couldn't get to close to the edge. Will for sure do it again! So pretty!

This is one of my favorite trails to do soon after it rains. The sound of the river towards the beginning of the hike, paired with the altitude gained is a wonderful experience.

great hike beautiful view

Great views at the top! Hikes a good challenge as well, but definitely doable!

Great hike on a wet and foggy morning. If you are hiking during the wet season, use caution. It gets slick on the rocks!

hiking
1 month ago

Arkaquah Trail or I should say "Arkaquah HELL" trail lol
I have to say we had an intense workout on this trail, but definitely a great time with my group.

We started at Trackrock Gap with a brutal and steep ascend about 1.6 miles without a flat section to rest! Some of us had to stop for a few seconds to catch our breath, while others had to relieve the pain in their legs. I personally felt like my calves were about to explode at any moment lol.

This is one of those trails that you either love it or hate it. Arkaquah is already rated as difficult and what made this hike even more intense was the fact that for the last couple of weeks the area had underwent some bad rainstorms. With that said, the soil was extremely saturated in some areas due to rain and melting ice which caused lots of trees to be down, and even worse lots of rhododendrons down and tangled on the trail. At about 2.7 miles in, we encountered a section where the majority of the side of the mountain was all washed out. No trail at all, just crazy saturated soil and fallen trees, making it very difficult to make our way through!!!!!

Luckily we had a couple of axes that we managed to use to chop some of the branches. The work was hard, and even then we were only able to clear some. Our hiking boots completely disappeared....sunken into the mud making it very hard to take another step! We went over, under, and crawled leaving us with scratches from branches and rocks. There was no way to keep pressing forward without the help of each other and giving it our all! Teamwork was present and definitely necessary. The ground was giving under us so we had to grab hands, legs, and push each other up the mountain to get back on the trail. An incredible amount of energy was burned in a 0.5 mile of madness. We had no choice but to get down and dirty if we wanted to make it to the other side.
But we all made it... and felt very proud about our accomplishments! We continued on with a rollercoaster hike ahead of us, over the crest of the mountains. There were a few steep and steady sections, but nothing compared to what we had come out of. Despite the difficulties this hike threw at us, we really enjoyed this hike!

Finally, some of our peeps reached Brasstown bald parking lot around 3:30pm, while the rest of the group arrived around 4:30pm more or less. All our efforts and hard work was paid in full after seeing the amazing views from the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.

We were supposed to hike in and out with a total of 11 miles, but because of the crazy condition of the mountain it consumed more of our time than we wanted. We were just one hour from sunset, and for safety reasons, we were unable to hike back. None the less, it would have been a very crazy and suicidal decision to hike back lol.

That left us time to check out the petroglyph at the beginning of the trail, and with no more time wasted, we headed to the nearest restaurant for a cold beer and a warm meal.
Amazing Hike.
Proud of all my peeps.
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