Blood Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail and Freeman

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5.8 mi
Distance
2 hrs 47 min
Time
terrain
1,375 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult loop trail to Blood Mountain in Georgia.

Beautiful panoramic views of the North Georgia blue ridge on top of the granite dome of Blood Mountain. Neat shelter at the top for AT through-hikers and other backpackers. Plenty of overnight campsite options with tremendous views.

Tons of rhododendrons and mountain laurel along the entire hike that bloom most of the summer.

Getting Started

Park at the Byron Reece trailhead parking lot loop which is just north of the historic Mountain Crossings store at Neels Gap.

Note - Parking at Neels Gap is reserved for Mountain Crossings customers

Follow the blue-blazed BH Reece trail up to the Appalachian Trail (AT) and turn right. Upon reaching the summit, continue north on the AT and join back up with the BH Reece trail to complete the loop back down to the parking lot. The third leg of this loop climbs up and down quite a bit across rocky terrain.

Taking Children

Doable, but challenging for children under 10. The third leg of the loop is across rocky terrain and may be difficult for small children to navigate.


Sights to See


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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hike this trail about 20 times per year. Each season brings a different challenge and new features. In early and mid-summer the rhododendron blooms are abundant along the entire trail. Fall colors are amazing and the lack of foliage in the winter opens up new views, but can get quite windy especially along ridges. The views at the top are always amazing...we love to hike up to watch the sunset over the North Georgia mountains and blue ridge. While this trail is not overly challenging, it is fairly steep with a few different rock scrambles that are tough, but fun. Get there before 7am on weekends if you want to find parking!
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gogarteg 4 years, 2 months ago
Blood Mountain Loop
BMR/AT Up, AT/Freeman/BMR Down
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Mikel Manitius 5 months ago
Blood Mountain
Loop via Freeman Trail. Solo.
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michael.ballard4 7 months ago
Track (5/12/19, 6:03:55PM)
A lot of running with Eric.
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mwatts 12 months ago
Blood Mountain
Visibility was low.
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