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Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 2 2022  9:45 am >> Sat, Apr 2 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 24 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 1 2022 2:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Greg Pharo
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:0
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Streams, summit, lake, flowers ... this is such a fun hike! No wonder it's an AOC classic event.

Join us as we venture from the shores of beautiful Lake Winfield Scott upward to Blood Mountain. At  4,458 feet elevation, Blood Mountain is Georgia’s sixth tallest mountain and the highest point on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. This rugged wilderness offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from several large rock outcroppings. Our route will also take us past spring-fed mountain creeks and through sublime forests. 

Starting by the lake, we'll begin our hike with an enjoyable trek along Slaughter Creek along the camp trail. We'll ascend Jarrard Gap Trail before turning northbound onto the Appalachian Trail. We'll enjoy some ridgeline views and perhaps a few early spring flowers as we head up to summit Blood Mountain for lunch and spectacular long-range vistas from atop the boulders. After a leisurely lunch we'll descend southbound on the AT and then turn right onto Slaughter Creek Trail which will lead us back to Lake Winfield Scott by a different route. Along the way we will pass small cascading creeks and walk through beautiful forests layered with rhododendron and cove hardwoods.

The hike is approximately 8.4 miles with 1,860 feet elevation gain.

This is a challenging D4 mountain trek. You'll need recent D4 or equivalent hiking experience and be comfortable moving at a moderate pace of 2.5 mph. If you don't have recent D4 or higher hiking experience with the AOC we will be in contact to determine whether this event is right for you.

Required Items to Bring:

Sturdy hiking boots/footwear

At least 1 liter of water

Raingear (just in case)



Gas money for driver, if carpooling

$5 per car entrance fee 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Lake Winfield Scott Rercreation Area, near Suches, Georgia.

We will meet at the small parking lot on the lake. Enter Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, proceed to the check-in area and pay fee, and then proceed down the main road to the lake. The parking area is on the left side of the road when you reach the lake. Additional parking, if needed, is available 200 yards down the road.

Here is a link showing where we will meet: 34%C2%B044'14.6%22N+83%C2%B058'25.0%22W

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):125Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $50.00 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.


There is a $5 fee per car to meter and park at Lake Winfield Scott.

AllTrails map (note: we will take the reverse of this route, going counterclockwise up Jarrard Gap Trail and returning on Slaughter Creek Trail).

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