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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.

We love Blood Mountain! It’s a challenging hike, but the views are beautiful and well worth the effort!

Loved this hike! I went up Byron Reece and got a little turned around at the intersection of AT and Freeman’s- I ended up going around Freeman’s Loop and hiking back down the AT. About 7 miles in all today.... the view at the top of the rocks by Blood Mountain Shelter are great! I would rate the hike as moderate- maybe moderately difficult for a new hiker- didn’t expect it to be so rocky! Glad I had my trail shoes on! Took about 3 hours with about a 25 minute rest at the shelter. I’d do again and come up the AT and back down freeman

Awesome trail! Watch for snakes! they love the wet rocky terrain.

Beautiful hike and amazing day. Me and my wife completed in 3.5 hours. It starts with Byron Reece trailhead and there is 0.7 miles of rocky stairs meeting at intersection for Freeman and Appalachian Trail. We took AT to climb and loop back to freeman trail. AT its bit heavily trafficked and freeman trail path is low trafficked. Freeman Trail is rocky and it rained today, so was very slippery. But overall the view from top calls for another visit to this beauty.

Its out first hike on Appalachian Trail

Beautiful hike with a lot of ups and downs! The views at Cowrock are amazing and you get another view shortly as you continue on to Wolf Laurel. As others have said the view at Wolf Laurel isn’t as grand as Cowrock but you still have a view & it’s very peaceful. Not too many people on the trail today but there was one very large timber rattler right off the side of the trail sunning itself. Just be watchful as the weather gets cooler for snakes trying to soak up the sun.

Arrived 9am on a Sunday morning in early October. Parking lot was almost full but still a few spots. Seems to be a popular spot for overnight camping so weekend mornings are probably the worst in terms of parking, along with holidays.

Went up the AT and down Freeman - found this hike pretty easy, got up in just over an hour. Couple of good spots for views but not too many tbh.

Freeman descent was very easy, it was very wet but still not a single area where I was concerned.

Overall not much of a challenge for anyone used to hiking.

Keep in mind all reviews are relative - I hike a lot.

Pretty nice views from the top of Blood Mountain Trail. Overall it’s a bit of a rocky hike and when I went it had just rained so it is a bit slippery. There is one part after the freeman trail meets the Byron Reese And Appalachian trails that it is difficult to see where the AT goes next. The freeman trail is a bit narrow on the way back.

No warnings for the roads to get to the trail head. GPS took us the back way. Good thing we had a 4 wheel drive, we saw a minivan get stuck near a creek on the trail. The trail itself was perfect for me and my kids and the falls are beautiful. We saw a small snake, went for a dip... it was a fun adventure overall!

The hike was absolutely amazing. We stayed and watched the sunset at the top and hiked down via the AT with headlamps. It was by far the best sunset I’ve seen in GA! It took us about an hour and a half to get up and maybe 45 minutes to get down but we hiked at a pretty quick pace. Not the easiest hike but definitely not horribly challenging.

This was mine and my dogs first trail to hike in Georgia, go big or go home. That being said, totally worth it. It’s rating is accurate and it is challenging, but not something that can’t be done. If you need to, stop and take breaks along the way. Super rocky trail, I felt bad for my pup but he was a champ. You live and you learn!

Tip: once you reach the top of the devils stairway, you will find out what I’m talking about soon enough, take a right and follow the AT white markers. Fool proof up to the summit.

I tried to make a mental map based on previous comments. But I wasn't able to discern what the best way to the summit was. Personally, I parked at the Byron Reece Trailhead parking lot (found an spot at 3pm on a Sunday) walked in using the trail connector. This is .7 miles of straight elevation gain. Not terrible, but definitely indicative of the terrain the rest of the way up. There was a split in the trail I wasn't expecting about .4 miles in. I ran into a couple and they directed me to the right (uphill), and that led to the intersection. which is actually a 3-way trail intersection Three trails converge (AT, Freeman and Byron Reece). If you're coming from my direction Byron Reece(and want the most direct route) then you bear right following the white AT blazes uphill... if you're taking the long way and following the Freeman trail you go straight which is downhill. I've heard the Freeman is a more gradual approach to the summit, but I was pressed for time, so I opted for the more difficult AT summit route.

There are at least a collective quarter mile of rock scrambles. These are fun during the ascent, but a complete pain on the descent. Once on the AT, the trail is pretty clear, with guiding blazes that mark the right path on most questionable areas. I took my time and sat at the top for a good hour. This hike took a collective 5 hours. I would recommend treking poles and more water than you would normally carry. The view is worth any pain and suffering in the approach. 10/10 will hike again.

Great trail if it wasn’t so crowded. This is definitely not lightly trafficked on a Sat. But it is less crowded than the other route up Blood mountain. Save this one for a weekday.

if you follow the map, you'll park at the Byron Reece trail head off of US 19. the Byron Reece trail connects the parking lot to the Appalachian trail. read this next part twice. the Byron Reece trail is stairs. 0.7 miles of stairs. the Appalachian trail part is medium difficulty uphill hike. there are some difficult spots here and there, but that Byron Reece trail tries to kill you.

I take new people on that trail. I go from the parking lot to the top and spend the night, then walk out the way I came in most of the time. Its 2.15 miles from the parking lot to the shelter on top. you can do 2.15 miles in 8 hours or less. the trail is difficult, it will require a lot of work, but you can do it if you try hard enough and take your time. the views and camping up top is great with a sense of accomplishment.

Loved this one! Took Freeman up and that part was my favorite! Down from the shelter has lots of traffic. Great hike!

This is a great little afternoon hike. I have done this trail repeatedly over the years. Is seems long due to the elevation change. You wind closer and closer to the unseen summit, a few rock scrambles, the trees get lower and lower, then a rhododendron tunnel on to soild rock with beautiful over looks. Take plenty of water and a snack. Use some caution, this is one of those place where seemly short trail distance lets people lose track that this is wilderness. My last hike here I encountered a timber rattlesnake crossing the trail at slow unhurried pace, a minute later a family in flip flops and tenni shoes, pounding down the trail, little kids leading the way. Of course I provide a subdued warning and of course the parents had a look on there face like "no one removes rattlesnakes from the trail". Any trip to this trail is not complete with a visit to the mountain crossings store at Neels Gap. If the gap area is busy you will have to park at the trailhead area just down the road and take the approach trail(Byron Reece Memorial Trail). This is a nice trail through tall fur trees and climbs to meet the AT at Flatrock gap. Then follow the AT due south to Blood Mountain.

1 month ago

Hiked from Brasstown Bald to Trackrock Gap! Being a senior citizen (70) & “flatlander” (Louisiana), I thought I’d try the predominantly downhill trail first! Look forward to going back later in the fall for more great views! Other reviewers mentioned the tough “uphill” from Trackrock at the beginning, but it wasn’t a picnic for these tired old knees going downhill either! Very little water so better pack yours in! Definitely take hiking sticks! Lifesavers! 3 1/2 hours! Not bad for an old guy! Hike on!

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1 month ago

Love this hike- a North Georgia classic. Did this with my wife and two girls 5 and 2. 2 year old hiked about 60% of the way up to the top of Blood. 5 year old did the whole hike with minimal complaints, however bribes were leveraged for this. All the same proud Papa and Mama.

Awesome hike! I loved this so much. The hike up to Blood Mt. summit wasn’t too bad and the trail is well marked for the most part (although I did get turn around at some points) and the view from the top as incredible. The Freeman loop was not as fun. It is very rocky and you have to watch your footing while also watching out for spider webs. I ran into some hugggeeee spiders, which was not ideal. Good news is that if you go soon, I already cleared them out for you! Most definitely would hike again!

easily one of my fav waterfalls in this area..easy hike to two great falls.

One of the more difficult hikes I’ve done, but truly a great time- amazing views.

Just a heads up: the trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot. Don't make the mistake I made, and take the game trail in front of the parking lot.

Did this yesterday. Beautiful day, beautiful hike. Not for amateurs. I expected the Freeman’s Loop portion to be easier than it was. Very rocky. Some people brought dogs but I think my dog (who is great on some hikes) would have struggled.

Did his about a week ago and had the best time ever! We should’ve stayed up top and just played around. The views were beautiful and the old shelter was cool (can’t wait to see what my fiend wrote on our next visit).

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1 month ago

This is a good walk, but not my favorite. It's helpful because at least 4 or 5 trail heads sit ON this loop. But, as a stand alone, it's only worth it for the mountain shots across the lake and there's lake activities you can get into. It's not my favorite because the begining of the loop, you have to walk past secluded cabins, right next to the road just to get to the trail head. Which defeats the whole purpose of a nature walk. There's also a water recycle plant right on the loop, so it smells terrible when you're close in proximity to it

Loved this hike, it was speldid. Double feature waterfall, the top fall is better (in my opinion) for swimming. I gave four stars because we didn't know that there are TWO enterances. We went through the back and had to cross TWO rivers in my little Kia Forte. Which, no surprise, we had to park and walk. It was a solid half mile, if not more, to the actual waterfall entrance. Other than that, no complaints. SUPER slick, so be cautious. A must see, we plan to go back.

Difficult at times, but well worth it. The view is awesome at the summit

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1 month ago

Great trail even with all the leaves on the trees. That said, I plan to re-hike this great trail this winter. Started the hike from the Trailhead at Trackrock Gap. About the first 1.5 miles, I didn't find it brutal at all. It was a steady climb with a number of switch backs and never really leveled off until the ridgeline was gained. I'm not a particularly fast hiker and average just a little over 2mph including photo stops and short bushwhacks (like Locust Log Ridge and Chimneytop). As I write this, I am a couple weeks short of 64. Don't let some of the negative comments about the first 1.5 miles of the trail scare you away. It is a fantastic trail. Once I hit the Brasstown Bald parking lot (huge) I headed to the end and took Wolfpen Ridge Trail to the peak of Wolfpen Ridge (South) and a little beyond then I turned around and went back to the Brasstown Bald parking (the other end) and took the paved trail to the top. At the Visitor's Center (top of the mountain) I asked an attendant where the official top of the mountain was. She took me out to the breezeway between the Visitor Center and the Theater where she unlocked a door that had a stairway leading down (basement?) on the very top step she pointed to a USGS Benchmark. I took a picture of the BM and put my foot on it. Returning to the parking lot I used a two car shuttle to return to my parked car at Trackrock Gap. Great hike.

Beautiful view of two waterfalls. Super easy. I’d hardly even call it a hike.

extremely easy falls to hike to but still worth the trip...

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