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Blood Mountain, Freeman, Slaughter Creek and Jarrad Gap Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lake Winfield Scott, Suches, GA   Hike: Blood Mountain, Freeman, Slaughter Creek and Jarrad Gap Trails  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 21 2022  9:00 am >> Sat, May 21 2022 1:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, May 17 2022 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 21 2022 8:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
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Member Cost:None

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Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


Blood Mountain is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia  We will begin our hike at the parking lot at Lake Winfield Scott, hike Jarrard Gap Trail for approx. 2 miles, connect with the AT, travel the Freeman Trail (a very rocky trail just under two miles in length), ascend to top of Blood Mountain and then travel back to our vehicles (just under three miles back) utilizing the Slaughter Creek Trail. all climbs will be slow and easy - pace will pick up a bit on level or downhills.

This is NOT a fast hike - slow to moderate (will vary depending on the elevation gain at that particular point in the trail)

This will be a beautiful hike, Mountain Laurel, Azaleas, Rhododendrons (hopefully all in bloom).  Hike will be about 10 miles - we will take a few quick water breaks and then a slightly extended break at the top of Blood Mountain (15 min.) - pack lunch or snacks. Water is a must!!!

Approx time on the trails 4 1/2 hours

$5 entrance fee at Lake Winfield Scott  

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Shoes/Boots

$5 per car fee at Lake Winfield Scott  - sometimes a person is there to take the funds, sometimes you need to use the self-serve box - bring cash, I am not sure if they accept credit cards

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Hiking 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.


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

I am not sure how to get the above passes but I hear they work - if you do have one I would still bring $5 cash just in case

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