Blood Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,424' 434 m
Descent: -1,422' -433 m
High: 4,440' 1,353 m
Low: 3,120' 951 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“A lollipop loop heading up the AT and looping back down the Freeman Trail #1A.”— Kristen Arendt
Starting from the Neels Gap parking lot, cross the highway and pick up the AT on the other side. The trail starts climbing almost immediately, but the first mile is fairly gradual, giving you a nice warm-up. At just under a mile, you'll come to a four-way junction with the Freeman Trail #1A and Byron Herbert Reece Trail #112. Continue straight on the AT.
The going gets more difficult in the next mile as the trail starts to climb more steeply up several switchbacks. You'll get a brief reprieve before a final push to the summit, where you can enjoy a well-earned break to soak in the views. There is also a small shelter near the summit.
Once you are done enjoying the view, continue on the AT. you'll pass several trail junctions. Stay left on the AT at all three of these until you come to the junction with the Freeman Trail #1A. Turn onto this trail for the steady and gradual descent back to the four-way junction with the AT and Byron Herbert Reece Trail #112 that you passed earlier. Note that the Freeman Trail is narrow and quite rocky in some places. Turn right here to head back to the trailhead and complete the run.
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Land Manager: USFS - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Mar 25, 2020: Free Personal Use Firewood Cutting Through June 1, 2020