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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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Jackrabbit Trail

Hayesville, NC

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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.

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

After sourcing a guidebook available on Amazon, a topographical trail guide from NatGeo, a group of students (including first-time campers) hike from Leatherwood falls to the top of both ends of the trail in a few hours. The North-West head was much more difficult, but had amazing views once atop the ridgeline during the winter, and the South-East head from Leatherwood was also breath-taking, with more growth as it had not been hit by the 99' forest fire. We walked 4 other trails along the ridges and down into the bear sanctuary valley before taking an amazingly refreshing dip in the flowing creek. Water was not difficult to find as snow melt had happened just weeks prior and heavy rain occurred on our first night. We did filter along our hikes, which ranged from 3-8 miles long. We visited at the end of this March, so this should help you gauge your water use.

Not an "easy" hike, but if you are in decent shape this will be of moderate difficulty. Surprised to see so many people whine about the steepness of the trail; I may be biased as an ourdoor guide, but this is no where near what I would gauge as "difficult." I plan on coming back and doing the entire trail in 3-4 days, but I'm sure it can be done in 3 by an experienced hiker.

Only saw 1 hiker within our 3 night stay, trails were in great shape, aside for some small trails with briers.

We originally opted to stay 3 nights in "Hunters Camp" but changed our minds and shelled out the $5 /night /site for Bristol Horse Camp: More secluded, along the creek and nearby more trails.

Please note that the road is CLOSED after Bristol Horse camp this/next year for "renovations" and that we did encounter a bear within the sanctuary one night.

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Jack Rabbit Mountain Recreation Area Trail
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23 Completed 5 Reviews

Nice trail. Hiked this trail before, but has been a while. lots of spider webs. Trail needs work, getting grown over in spots. Had no trouble following trail. Was short on time, so didn't hike out to the point. Recommended hike.

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Let me begin by saying this was a beautiful hike with several types of forest. We did this hike May 24, 25, 26th 2014. We saw no one at all on the trail for three days and I think I know why. We hiked the entire loop clockwise from the picnic area. I hiked with two other guys that are in excellent physical condition, run marathons, and are experienced backpackers. I needed to say that so I didn't sound like a crybaby. There were little to no scenic views on this trip this time of year. Not much wildlife. The hike was rated "difficult" but in my opinion it was "You're gonna regret it dummy!". Constant very steep inclines and very steep declines left our body's screaming for it to stop. Collectively over the 30 or so miles I would estimate less than 1 mile was fairly flat. Water was very scarce and down extremely difficult descents in order to fill up. I would recommend a very good map not like the one they give at the ranger station. If you're going to do this hike I would strongly recommend training for it months in advance. It was crazy! I certainly have no desire to do it again.

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Jackrabbit Trail
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8 Completed 1 Reviews

Great ride and good flow. Will come back and ride with my son.

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Stopped at Fires Creek Picnic Area for a short hike. Ended up doing the loop around the picnic area. Nice views in the winter from various parts of the hike. We strolled through the picnic area on the asphalt path and then took the trail up to the top of the water fall and the loop back to the parking lot. All in total only about a mile hike and in many places the path was narrow and the lots of roots. Nice hike for older kids and adults who are comfortable with heights and are sure footed. Than we went on short

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Fires Creek Rim Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

We did the trail in 2 days with one night of camping. Found trail to be well marked (blue blazed). Difficult ascents and descents make this a very challenging loop. The NW side of the loop has scarce water while the SE side seems to have more. All water area are marked along the trail. Same thing with camping. NW there are not a lot of spots to camp on the ridge. Most camp locations seem to be on the East / Southeast.

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Jackrabbit Trail
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

Very well marked and maintained. Jack Rabbit is a central loop trail with offshoots of varying lengths. Nice seasonal views and beach access from some trail options. Also has foliage signage along the trails. Trails are shared with hikers and mountain bikes and can get busy on weekends and in season.

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AT Deep Gap to Dicks Creek
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great trip to take the wife and kids (or dogs in my case) on. For starters, I think you have to hike up Standing Indian mountain before turning back towards Georgia. I know this isn't included in this trail, but the view is DEFINITELY worth it. We arrived at Deep Gap parking lot around 4pm, which gave us just about 2 hours to hike up Standing Indian Mountain and setup camp for the night. We made it up the 2 mile trek to the top in about 1 hour and 30 minutes (it could easily be done in under an hour). The hike to the top is great for the not-so-in-shape folks, lots of switchbacks. Since it was the day before Thanksgiving, we had the mountain to ourselves so we setup camp at the VERY top and had an amazing view of the sunset. Plus, there is a nice patch of grass to put your tent on.

The next morning we started back towards Georgia. We took our time since it was my wife's first time and we wanted to enjoy the scenery. The section from Deep Gap to Bly Gap was moderately difficult, but the worst part was the lack of good water sources. Once you make it to Bly Gap you'll have good water resources from there to Dicks Creek. Bly Gap to Dicks Creek was easy to moderate.

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Jackrabbit Trail
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19 Completed 16 Reviews

Great rolling, flowing single track. Very well maintained and ridiculously well marked. No lung busting uphills or white knuckle descents. Great place to take a beginner. I'll be going back soon.

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