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Blood Mountain Loop via Slaughter Creek and Freeman Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lake Winfield Scott, Suches, GA   Hike: Blood Mountain Loop via Slaughter Creek and Freeman Trails  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 3 2017  9:00 am >> Fri, Mar 3 2017 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Feb 26 2017 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 2 2017 11:30 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9.7 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Blood Mountain is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, and it is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state. We will hike a 9.7 mile loop to the top and back starting from the Slaughter Creek Trailhead at Lake Winfield Scott at approx. 9:00 am (Parking fee is $5/car or an Interagency Senior/Access Pass).

We will hike on Slaughter Creek Trail for 2.7 mi. to the AT then on to Blood Mountain another 0.8 mi.  There we will have lunch and take in the views. Then 0.9 mi. further east on the AT we pick up Freeman Trail to the right. This is a 1.8 mile stretch of trail on rocky terrain. We then meet up again with the AT for another 2.2 mi. and finally 1.5 mi. on Jarrard Gap Trail back to Lake Winfield Scott. This hike is full of beautiful, varied spectacles with rivers, mountain balds with long views, rocky trail and moderate stretches. It has it all. Even a beautiful lake at the beginning and end.

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Lake Winfield Scott
439 Lake Winfield Scott Rd
Suches, GA 30572

GPS Coordinates: 34.73704, -83.97407

Take Ga. 400 (Rt. 19) to Dahlonaga, continue on Rt. 19 North approx. 9 mi. turn left on to Rt. 60, for approx. 6 mi., turn right on to Hgwy. 180 (Wolf Pen Gap Rd.) in Suches. to Lake Winfield Scott, approx. 5 mi.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):117Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $46.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Free, but there is a $5.00 parking fee per car, unless you have an Interagency Senior or Access Pass.

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