Join the Georgia Conservancy on March 31 for a day hike at Blood Mountain! Our group will rally up at the Mountain Crossing at Neel's Gap at 9:30 AM for the 5-mile out-and-back morning hike along the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Blood Mountain.
Please register at: www.georgiaconservancy.org/bloodmountain
Trip cost: $15 (all proceeds go to support the mission of the Georgia Conservancy)
Blood Mountain is the highest peak on Georgia's portion of the Appalachian Trail. Some believe the name came from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek long before white men arrived in the area. Other theories derive the name from red lichen or Catawba rhododendron growing on the rocky summit. At 4,458, it overlooks an area rich in streams, hiking trails and scenic recreation spots, one of which - Sosebee Cove - is probably Georgia's only north-facing cove traversed by a paved road at such high elevation. It has an accessible boulderfield, northern hardwoods, large buckeyes and tulip poplars.
The Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to the Blood Mountain Summit is about 2.5 miles (five miles rountrip). The trail is generally steep and rocky in many places, but easy to follow. Near the summit, hikers will be rewarded with several picnic rocks and superb vistas from rock outcrops, including Yonah Mountain, Tray Mountain, Lake Winfield Scott and Slaughter Mountain.
For metro Atlanta residents, there will be a morning car-pool / caravan leaving from the North Springs MARTA Station at 8 AM with the goal of reaching Mountain Crossing at Neel's Gap by 9:30 AM. The hike will start shortly after. Please pack you own lunch!