Hike or backpack 14 miles on this Georgia stretch of the Appalachian Trail, trekking across multiple vistas from Blood Mountain and surrounding summits.
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We’ve long held the Blood Mountain Wilderness area to be our favorite in Georgia, offering awe-inspiring views from ridge line peaks and trails through beautiful Georgia forest dotted with rocky outcrops. This hike combines several of our favorites, traveling to the peak of Blood Mountain before looping around to the North towards a perfect camping spot at the peak of Cowrock Mountain.
This segment of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia is just one of many we’ve covered in our in-depth review series. View our complete collection of Georgia Appalachian Trail hikes here.
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The hike begins at the Byron Reece Trail, accessed from GA Highway 19/129 north of Cleveland. The trail ascends through a forest of deciduous trees and rhododendron, following and crossing several small streams as it climbs .6 miles to meet the Appalachian Trail.
At the trail junction, I turn right on the Appalachian Trail to begin the ascent to the peak of Blood Mountain, the highest point of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
Vistas open along both sides of the trail off bald outcrops of rock during the ascent. I reach the summit of Blood Mountain at 2 miles, having climbed to the peak at 4461 feet, marked by a USGS survey marker at the summit. I take time to enjoy the expansive views and a serene breakfast on the Blood Mountain summit.
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