Blood Mountain Wilderness Area

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From Blairsville Georgia 11 miles south of Blairsville via U.S. 19/129 Turn right at the Vogel State Park entrance;get the required permit at the Vogel Visitor Center.

From Dahlonega Drive 25 miles north on US 19/129. Turn left at the Vogel State Park entrance;get the required permit at the Vogel Visitor Center.

Blood Mountain Wilderness Area

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Part of the Chattahoochee National Forest , Blood Mountain is the highest peak on Georgia's portion of the Appalachian Trail and the state's sixth highest mountain. Congress designated the Blood Mountain Wilderness Area in 1991 and it now has a total of 7,800 acres which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Wilderness is the first designated wilderness area along the Appalachian Trail as the hiker heads north toward Maine.

Legends tell the origin of the mountain's name could have come from the disastrous and bloody battle between Creek and Cherokee Indians in Slaughter gap between Slaughter and Blood Mountain. Other theories trace the name to red lichen or Catawba rhododendron growing on the rocky summit.

At 4,458-foot Blood Mountain the site is the highest point in this Wilderness. Scenically rugged mountain peaks, rocky outcroppings, waterfalls, and numerous streams (offering 27 miles of trout fishing), all of which lie within the Chestatee Wildlife Management Area, surround the mountain. Deer, grouse, wild turkeys and squirrels live here in abundance with lesser numbers of black bear and raccoons. On the boundary you'll find the Desoto Falls Scenic Area with its high vista points and waterfalls. Many old logging roads crisscross the area. Just across US 129 lies the Raven Cliffs Wilderness.

Hikers usually travel the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the area along the crest of the Blue Ridge for 10.75 miles. On the AT on Blood Mountain a rock shelter stands, and of this trail the USFS says: " . . . the most heavily used portion of the AT in Georgia." The Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail crosses part of the area and several other forest service pathways provide access to more remote regions.

Activities: Pioneer and primitive campsites, cottages, picnic shelters, group shelter, CCC museum, general store, miniature golf, 20-acre lake, pedal boat rental, swimming beach, fishing and 17 miles of backpacking and hiking trails.

Facilities: 233 acres. 85 tent, RV and trailer sites, 18 walk-in campsites, pioneer and primitive campsites, 35 cottages, 4 picnic shelters, 1 group shelter, CCC museum, general store, miniature golf, 20-acre lake, pedal boat rental, swimming beach, and 17 miles of backpacking and hiking trails.

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Closest town: Blairsville, Georgia

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Vogel State Park
7485 Vogel State Park Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
Reservations (800) 864-7275
Park Office (706) 745-2628