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Blood Mountain Approach Trail

Blairsville, GA

Blood Mountain Approach Trail is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blairsville, GA that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Jackrabbit Trail

Hayesville, NC

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Jack Rabbit Mountain Recreation Area Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

We hike this trail often. Good exercise, and some good vistas from lake level to the top of Jack Rabbit Mountain. Trail is not crowded, nor must one stay alert for bikers, like on the Jack Rabbit trail.

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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25 Completed 22 Reviews

Finished the loop in 2 days, camping on Tusquitee for a bone chilling, blackberry May evening. It took a total of 15 trail hours to complete - at only a little better than a mile and half per.

It's a challenging and in no way "moderate" trail......but it's a mighty pretty one!

Just to add a little to the great reviews already here:

- The most accessible water on the north rim is at the Shinbone Trail spur. Just go down about 50 yards to fill up.

- When you pass through Johnson Bald, give reverence to the plane wreckage on your left. Two folks died there in '74.

- I do not recommend going counter clockwise - significantly steeper than the (steep enough) northern ascent. It was a real knee knocker finishing up.

- For goodness sakes, wear some pants when your walking in these parts! Shorts ain't gonna do it through the briars and blow downs, not to mention poison ivy, along and ON the trail.

Like others have said, this place is very remote. I saw NO ONE on the entire loop....on a weekend of perfect hiking weather! It is truly a hidden jewel of Southern Appalachia and real privilege to have under my belt,

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
by Marcus Burden

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail, most of the 25 mile hike along the top of a ridgeline that once ascended is over 4000 ft. culminating at Tusquitee Bald at 5240 ft. I began at Leatherwood Falls and took the northerly route. Very few switchbacks, steep up and down with some relatively level stretches. I got a late start, if I had it to do over again, I would start early and set up camp the first night at Big Stamp, spend the second night atop Tusquitee Bald, and hike out the third day. Hikers in good shape could probably do the hike in two days, but for this 62 year old wheezer/geezer, I took 3 days, hiking out the last 2 miles in the dark using flashlights. And I was plum tuckered out. Some serious strenuous sawtooth action on the soufhern loop and before Weatherman Bald, fortunately more water to be found on the southern hike. A few great open views, a continuous view through trees of the Fires Creek basin and surrounding valleys, the cooler months with less foliage will offer better viewing. Thanks to the Mountain High Hikers Club for all the good work they have done maintaining the trail, though there was some deadfall and briers towards the midpoint and southern section. Saw a couple of bear cubs hightailing it away from my approach, grouse, hawks, signs of wild hogs everywhere, deer tracks, and 3 people in the first couple of miles, after that no one, truly a wilderness area once you hike back in there. Check on prescribed burns before you go, on the second day afternoon, I encountered one of these obnoxious procedures, between the smoke, pollen and steep terrain, the going got pretty rough. Fortunately on the third day, the wind was blowing the smoke away from me, it was a beautiful hike, one I will always remember. Also a good map is invaluable, very few of the peaks have signs. the main trail seems to bypass several of them, but there are usually side trails to the peaks. The trail itself is well-marked with blue blazes.

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Trail was rough lot of limbs and trees down across trail. From picnic area up leatherwood towards Peachtree Bald

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great views in early March.

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very nice hike especially with my dog. We both loved it and will go back again.

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Jackrabbit Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

It wasn't the best mountain biking trail in the world but it was still extremely fun. Make sure to watch out for other bikers around the sharp corners because we nearly crashed into other bikers twice. I would not recommend hiking because you are constantly on alert for on coming bikers.

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Jackrabbit Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Jackrabbit Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice trail. Too many mountain bikers for a hike.

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Jackrabbit Trail
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

Good hike for everyone, including small family members. There is a nice bathroom facility at the parking lot. The trail signage is very clear and you can easily figure out which trails you want to take. The Central loop is 3.1 miles and the loops off of it are very well marked at each intersection, even giving you the mileage of the extra loop. You can add loops and make up a hike of around 6 miles or juswt stick with the basic loop of 3.1 miles. Having the lake in view most of the time is an added bonus. Really enjoyed this hike.