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Blood Mountain Trail

Blairsville, GA


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Blood Mountain Trail is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near Blairsville, Georgia that features a great forest setting. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible Spring or Fall. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Recent Reviews


Homestead Loop

4 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice loop trail, with connections to the other trails at the park. The trail was not too crowded on Sunday at mid-day, but it was still pretty hot out. The top part of the loop is near the lake, so there was a cool breeze off the water for that part. I would return since it is convenient off of 400.


Laurel Ridge Trail

7 Completed 1 Reviews

I love this trail. I moved to Cumming from Cashiers, NC by way of Rabun County, GA. This trail is not even close to anything you could find up there but it does have a little bit of everything that I miss from the mountains and it is literally 3 minutes from our house. It has rolling hills, challenging climbs, excellent scenery and an abundance of wild life. I run 2 or 3 loops there every couple of weeks and am never disappointed. I have actually never run there and not seen deer. Good times...


Reynolds Nature Preserve Trail

1 Completed 1 Reviews

I love these trails. I've been running and hiking them for about four years now. John, the ranger takes great care of the trails. The scenery starts with the nature building and butterfly garden which is also a haven for humming birds, there are ponds, bridge walkways and a good bit of wildlife.

Hiking provides a very nice walk. Running is full of challenges with steep hills such as "Bursting Heart".


Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Tray Gap

43 Completed 23 Reviews

My second trek on this section of the AT during the fall season once again left me often just standing in awe, taking in the beauty viewed from the ridgeline. The strenuous climb to and from Tray Mtn was made all worthwhile with a view beyond the summit before reaching the nearby shelter marked by the blue blazes.


The Wolfden Trail

2 Completed 2 Reviews

If there's one thing I have to say about this trail, it's this: bring waterproof boots. There's lots of rocks, and lots of mud, especially on the eastern side of this trail that goes along the river. It's a great hike, nevertheless! I only got winded once about three miles in on the very northern side, so it's pretty good for beginners. This trail eastern side of this trail seemed to be a lot busier than the rest of it. A lot of families on the eastern side, while only the hobbyist hikers were on the western side. I would recommend this trail, and I will probably attempt the 23-mile loop that surrounds The Wolfden Trail sometime in the spring.


Murphey Candler Park Trail

71 Completed 59 Reviews

Easy local hike. Parking can be a beast if there is sports practice/games. The lake can be a bit "aromatic" at times. Ducks and turtles and really big koi can be seen. Some creepy lurkers can be around during the day, but there is a good amount of traffic throughout most days.


paynes creek
by David Dyar

7 Completed 5 Reviews

Biked it! Loved it! Will do it again soon!


Panther Creek Falls

71 Completed 59 Reviews

Great day hike as well as for first time backpackers. Not particularly challenging, but can get tricky if it has rained - but the best time to see the falls really pumping. Please pack out your trash and pick up a bit more that other twits left behind. Wrote more details in the other trail description for this hike.


Tallulah Gorge Trail

71 Completed 59 Reviews

First 2 weekends of April and first 3 weekends of November, the gorge is closed to hikers because the water is increased for kayakers. Amazing to watch WORLD CLASS pro kayakers run Oceana...

They only allow 100 people a day permits to the gorge floor. And it is dependent on weather. You can call ahead (9amish) and they will let you know if permits will be issued. If it is raining, has rained, or is forecasted for rain, most likely they will not allow people down.

Hike down to the platform, you WILL have to rock hop. I recommend bringing a dry bag for any electronics (even a ziplock) just in case... the water, regardless of time of year is cold. And the rocks are slippery - I got knocked in helping a woman jump from rock to rock in January one year. You think those stairs suck? Try it when you are soaking wet and it is 34 degrees out.

You can slide/swim at Bridal Veil - great spot to sun/picnic. I recommend crossing and going back via Sliding Rock trail - it is steep, but offers some incredible views and you will see the standing Wallenda Tower (plus you don't have to go back all the stairs!). Check out the pics from "the olden days" in the Visitors Center before going down - it is cool to stand where some of the pics have been taken.

Make sure to take your trash with you and say hi to Ranger Danny.