Hiking Trails at Vogel State Park

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Hiking Trails at Vogel State Park

Georgia's second oldest and most popular state park. Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the heart of Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest. Created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Vogel is perhaps the most enduring monument to the Corps efforts in the state.

Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap,the access to the Appalachian Trail and a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald which is the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a canvas of red, yellow and gold leaves. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations.

The 20-acre Lake Trahlyta is the heart of the park and was built when the Corps dammed Wolf Creek. The lake was named for a Cherokee maiden who is buried a few miles from the park at Stonepile Gap. The 2500' elevation of the park keeps a cool evening temperature even during the dog days of summer,which makes this a great camping spot. However make reservations in advance as the park fills up quickly, especially in the summer and during leaf change.

Located in and near the Vogel park is some of the best hiking trails in the eastern United States. Neel Gap, Byron Herbert Reece Trail, Duncan Ridge Trail and Coosa Back country Trail are for the avid hiker. For those wanting something a little less stimulating try Sosebee Cove or Slaughter Creek Trail.

 

Bear Hair Trail

This 3.6-mile orange-blazed loop trail is ideal for family hikes. It is of moderate difficulty, beginning and ending in Vogel State Park. Most of the trail is in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

 

 

Coosa Backcountry Trail

 

 

12.5-mile loop. This strenuous trail is marked with yellow blazes and signs and for the most part is easy to follow. It fords streams on its lower part and traverses the high Duncan Ridge, including Coosa Bald at over 4,000 feet. It is recommended that hikers take more than one day to hike the entire route, although it can be done in one long day, particularly during the longer daylight hours of spring and summer. A permit is required and is available free, together with a trail map, at the Vogel State Park Visitor Center.

Duncan Ridge trail

 

20.4 miles and strenuous. On this blue-blazed trail, one can traverse the longest contiguous ridge line leading off the main Blue Ridge. The trail's eastern terminus is to the west of Blood Mountain at Slaughter Gap, then crosses northwest through Wolfpen Gap and Coosa Bald, then goes westward to Mulky Gap and intersects with the Benton MacKaye Trail.

Byron Herbert Reece Nature Trail

An easy, 1-mile loop trail.With plaque stationed along the trail make this an informative as well as scenic hike.

Trahlyta Lake Loop trail

An easy, 1-mile loop trail. The trail begins at the footbridge over Wolf creek on the east side of the parking lot near #2 picnic area. Upon crossing the footbridge the trail turns immediately left and follows the shoreline. After crossing the spillway about a half a mile in look for the Falls bottom trail and descend the side trail 650' to the Trahlyata Fall's observation deck.

 

Directions:
 

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.

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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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

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