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Great Weekend or Day Hike!

People often ask me where is a good place to go for a weekend trip? So I thought I would write about a good weekend trip that is a little out of town but not so far that you feel like you spent more time in the car than in the woods. This trip can be done as an over night trip or a day trip. This weekend hike takes us to north Georgia to a mountain called Blood Mountain. Don’t let the name scare you. Some believe the name of the mountain comes from the bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek Indians while others believe that the name is based on the color of the lichen and rhododendron that grow on the mountain’s summit. Blood Mountain’s summit is 4,461 feet and is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. There is a historic stone shelter at the top of Blood Mountain and some of the best views on the Appalachian Trail. The hike south to the mountain is the shorter and more popular route for day hikers but is also steeper. You should also know that there is no water on the mountain so you will need to carry water or you will get dehydrated. The hike to the summit is 2 miles from the parking area. The last mile to the summit is spectacular and has amazing views of the valleys. The trail head is on highway 19/129, there is a historic stone building that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934-37, this building is an outdoor store called Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi, and is a great place to hang out, buy a snack and drink after your hike up and back from Blood Mountain. Their is a view from the side of the store that is worth checking out and a great place to take a few pictures. As a day hike it is a little over 4-mile hike so be sure you are prepared to take you time and enjoy it. Don’t get in a hurry and take water and snacks. The top is a great spot for lunch if you time it right. If you plan to make this an overnight trip then you may want to take 2 cars and drop one off at the parking area at the Walasi-Yi then drive to the trail head at Woody Gap on highway. This hike is a total off 11.5 miles so it is wise to break it up into 2 days and 1 night. The first day start early enough to take you time to hike the strenuous 8.3 miles and set up camp at Slaughter Gap. There are plenty of good, flat spots to put up your tent and there is water a short hike back south on the Appalachian Trail. Slaughter Gap is situated at the bottom of Blood Mountain. Day two is a shorter hike with spectacular views and you end the hike at the Walasi-Yi store.  Also keep in mind the weather. It can get very cold in the winter and snows often at elevation. Be prepared for weather changes as it can change fast. This is a popular area so be aware of those around you and don’t hike alone, safety first. This is one of my favorite hikes, I hope you like it.


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