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Blood Mountain Loop Day Hike with optional lake swim

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blood Mountain   Hike: Blood Mountain Loop Day Hike with optional lake swim  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jul 3 2020  10:30 am >> Fri, Jul 3 2020 4:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Jun 30 2020 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 30 2020 8:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8 Miles
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Member Cost:$5.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


There is no carpool for this event.  Social distancing will be in effect and I expect everyone to respect this practice with no judgement if you need to remind someone to keep the space.   I recommend everyone carry a face mask along with your first aid kit should you run into some unexpected circumstance, but these are not required.

DIRECTIONS from the GA-400 Mansell Park-n-ride (click here) to Lake Winfield Scott.

Cost to enter the Lake Winfield Scott area is $5.00/day.   We will meet in the parking lot near the lake, most people are familiar with this space.   There is no cell signal in this area.

This is a loop hike to the highest point on the Appalachian trail in Georgia - Blood Mountain.  This will be a a moderately paced hike where we will enjoy the beautiful woods.  There is about 1500 feet in elevation gain, so if you must be in reasonably good shape to keep up with the group. It is mostly uphill all the way to the summit of Blood Mtn.  Beginning at Lake Winfield Scott, we'll hike up the Jarrad Creek Trail to the A.T. and on up to the summit of Blood Mountain (about 3.5 miles).   We'll probably spend about 1 hour at the summit enjoying lunch and the views. Then we'll hike out on the A.T. to the Slaughter Creek trail, which will return us to Lake Winfield Scott.  

Optional post hike swim in Lake Winfield Scott; there is a beach area and a roped-off for swmming.  Bathhouse and bathrooms are available.  So bring your swimming attire and hang out; feel free to bring food and drinks to enjoy, chair, towel.  The TL will likely remain for an hour or so regardless of rain chances.  

Up to two friendly well behaved dogs are allowed...  There are a couple streams for water, but not at the top, so you'll need to bring water for your dog.

Required Items to Bring:

2 liters of water with extra water in your car

1 lunch, snacks

Rain jacket just in case

Yellow jacket medicine if you need it

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking poles


Swim attire if you plan to swim - leave in your car

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400. Take a left onto SR 60/19 toward Dahlonega. At the round-about intersection of SR 60 and SR 19, go straight on SR 60 to Suches. Take a right on SR 180.  The entrance to the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is on the right, approximately 7-8 miles on after you turn onto SR 180.  As you drive toward the lake, past the campground, the parking lot is located on the left, just before you get to the bridge. The trailhead is located across the bridge and to your right.


Parking is $5 per day.

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Member Cost:$5.00/Person
Cost Includes:

One day use pass

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.