Explore the most popular camping trails near Blairsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hikes this aith mt wife last October. We loved it!

There are lots of rocks and boulders and roots to keep your feet and ankles and senses engaged. Coming down Freeman is good practice for moving your whole body and not just your legs to keep the momentum going. Lots of shade, lots of moisture, lots of bugs and critters and birds. Families and small groups and couples fairly common on the AT portion, solitude on the Freeman.

I love hiking in Georgia! I know that there are great places in NC and TN too, but that ain't Georgia. That being said, I did teh Coosa trail counter-clockwise startng from the Vogle visitors center at 7:30 this morning and was back at my car at 2:15. I felt like I was hiking at an average pace. I was alone, so I didn't have a reference...so I didn't have to make any unnecessary stops. But, I did take plenty of time to enjoy the limited views (jungle like in summer) and take plenty of selfies! BTW...I had cell service (att) for most of the hike. Anyway, to keep this short.....Awesome trail, good challange, no bears (for me!), It's in GA, and it can be done in a day despite what the sign says.

I was not quite ready for this trail. It took us almost 9 hours and we started a little too late. It started getting dark! The trail itself was great! I would love to do it again now that I’ve been hiking for a while. I would not recommend it for a beginner.

This is def a great hike and work out. When you get to the first 4 way sign there's two trails towards the right. One trail going straight towards the right of the sign (it's a dirt trail) don't go down the rocky part, we made that mistake and had to come back up and then the other trail is directly to the right of the sign. These trails loop around. Either way you go, it's a workout. Worth it! Also I found it helpful recording my hike with the app, it def came in handy when I needed direction.

Great trail omg I love it

hiking
22 days ago

Very difficult hike no matter what skill level you are at. I still enjoyed the hike.

We are in north GA from West Virginia. We are staying at Vogel. This trail is excellent. My wife and I completed it in 2.5 hours, but we hiked at a steady pace. The hike is challenging but the summit is definitely worth the effort. You won’t be sorry!

backpacking
1 month ago

I made this trip an overnighter, getting on trail at about 5:30pm on a Friday, hike a couple miles, and finishing the loop the next day. Challenging but enjoyable hike, dense undergrowth in the summer so there weren’t many “payoff” views at the end of climbs, but still a solid trail.

Excellent hike with very strong to moderate climbs. If you do the freeman trail also, be prepared for some strong hiking. This is not a 1.5 - 2 hour hike. Plan for 3-4 hours of string hiking. There is a small waterfall to the-fill once you get about 1/3 way through the trail.

This hike is incredible to say the least. The first 1.7 miles are absolutely brutal, but once you get on the first ridge it's completely worth every minute of your pain and suffering. This is one of those hikes that reminds you of all the good and bad. If your young and in top notch shape, there is no bad. If you're not up to one heck of a challenge then don't even attempt this trail. Blood Mountain and Yonah Mountain are a walk in the park compared to this but well worth it if you have it in you. To say it's tough is a understatement, but the terrain along the way and the views cancel out everything else.

This was a very good hike, a nice workout for sure. Added a little extra mileage by going up to the 4 corners on the AT and then coming back to the Freeman Trail. Ok, I missed the turn but it was worth it. The dog enjoyed it as well.

My favorite hike in North Georgia, especially in the fall with all the leaves changing. It’s tough and steep but anyone can do it with breaks. Summit is relatively big with 360 views and a cool shelter. Perfect day along the AT.

excellent day hike even for beginners. The trail was challenging with alot of uphill climbing. My heart and pulse has not beat that fast in a long time. It's worth the climb to reach the summit and see the glorious views.

Wow! There isn’t enough words. This is a difficult trail to say the least, and if you don’t pay attention (don’t know where my mind was) and do counterclockwise, you’re in for a a little more difficult time. There are rocks of all sizes to climb up and over. At one point, there was even a large tree that had obviously recently fallen down blocking an already narrow path. The dog and I climbed up and under to get to the other side. Ran into a AT section hiker twice - once after I completed the Freeman Trail section and then when I looped back to my beginning- and was told that only about 2% of the AT is as difficult as the Freeman and especially if you went counterclockwise like this genius did.

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.

one of the best views ever

Great trail! It’s an intermediate hike but it’s worth the time it takes to get to the top for that beautiful view of the mountain. With lots of water and some stops along the way I had a great time making it. Can’t wait to hike Blood Mountain again!

Beautiful hike, first two miles can be a pretty unforgiving incline, but once you start to make elevation is really pays off with beautiful views. My dog however, came back with over 30 ticks! Recommended, but check for ticks when you get home!

This is a solid hiking trail any way you start. If you start by Freeman trail you need to be patient, the rocks are a bit tricky. If you go on the AT to start, you need to be prepared for a workout. The right hiking shoes are a must! Best trail I’ve hiked so far.

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!

Great hike, views and people along the way.

Lovely views, it’s a climb but with lots of variety and a few rocks to work around creating some variety. Not a slog. Plenty of people but not a problem. Parking is the big frustration.

backpacking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail counter clockwise camping overnight at Coosa Bald. The first .8 Miles is moderate and then turns relatively flat for about 2 Miles then you start to go up all the way to Coosa Bald. Steady and more challenging as you get closer to the Bald. From the Bald to Hwy 180 is predominately downhill. The trail heads up from hwy 180 sharply all the way to Slaughter Mt. It is downhill from Slaughter on a path of mostly rocks and roots. I think this path is a good parallel to the harder sections of the AT in Georgia.

great hike beautiful scenery well worth it

Beautiful day, definitely moderate not difficult. Elevation, some rock scrambles, but nothing scary. No precipitous drop-offs. 5-6 small stream crossings.
Late April, trees and wildflowers about 1 week away from full bloom. Arrived at 8am and had no trouble getting parking. Saw most of the ppl at the top of Blood mtn or at intersection of AT and Freeman. Generally not many ppl.
A great hike.

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.

very steep, just take your time. The views are amazing!

This is an awesome hike, especially in the spring before the trees fill with leaves. My husband and I were able to see the mountains and the valleys well. It is definitely a good idea to start this hike at Track Rock Gap as opposed to starting at Brasstown Bald. The most difficult part of the hike is the first 1-1.5 miles staring from Track Rock Gap. This section is pretty much a steep uphill climb. It was nice to get this over with. In reading other posts I was confused. It sounded like the archeological site was part of the trail. It is not. It is a separate trail across the highway from the start of the actual trail. The trailhead for the Arkequah Is very clearly marked on one side of the highway and the archeological trail is very clearly marked on the other. Also, the Arkequah is 5.5 miles each way. When you get to the end of the trail(at a parking lot with restrooms and a ranger station) , you still have to hike the Summit Trail for 0.6 mile to get to the observation tower. This may be why some folks came up with distances other than 11 miles. The total is 12.2 miles if you do the Arkequah and the Summit Trail. I’m not sure how much distance is added if you do the archeological trail too. With that said, the hike is strenuous even if you are used to hiking long distances, but the views along the way and at the summit are so worth it. Total hike time was 5 hours and 19 minutes.

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