Join the Georgia Conservancy on February 29 for a day hike at Blood Mountain. Our group will rally up at the Mountain Crossing at Neel's Gap at 9:30 for last minute provisions before parking a few yards away at the Byron Reece Trailhead. From there we will begin the 5-mile out-and-back morning hike along the Byron Reece Trail and Appalachian Trail to the summit of Blood Mountain.
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/Byron Reece 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 your own lunch!
Join us on a Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trip to learn more about important location-specific conservation issues, as well as statewide advocacy opportunities. Our goal is simple: Create a connection between some of Georgia’s most precious places and the people needed to protect them.*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on December 16, 2019 at 5 PM and the General Public on December 18 at 5 PM
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