Blood Mountain

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Some people believe that the name comes from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek Indians, long before white man settled in the area. Another belief is that it is derived from the color of the lichen and rhododendron growing on the summit. The ascent ( 1,330 ft. in just under 2 miles ) is generally steep and rocky, but only moderately strenuous. Upon reaching the rocky summit, you will be rewarded by a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. There is a stone cabin at the summit, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's as an Appalachian Trail shelter and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Elevation (feet): 4,461
Elevation (meters): 1,360
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Blue Ridge Mountains
State: Georgia
Latitude: 34.7398
Longitude: -83.9369
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Atlanta
Convenient Center: Blairsville

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Blood Mountain.

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  • Log #21101 - by Jim McAnally on Dec 02, 2007
    For a bonus hike back down at night!
  • Log #21100 - by Michael Tift on Dec 01, 2007
    The hike began from the Herbert Reece trail and a little less than a mile afterwards we joined the Appalachian trail and from there went to the summit of Blood Mountain. The terrain was somewhat...
  • Log #21016 - by Tom K on Sep 08, 2007
    This is a simple hike, not really a climb, but is still an interesting place.
  • Log #15894 - by W. Gary Smith on Feb 22, 2004
    My nephew and I spent the night at the Blood Mountain Shelter while hiking the AT in Georgia in October 2001. That hike is remembered for the drought that year, and all the water we had to carry! At...
  • Log #15895 - by William Corley on Sep 21, 2003
    Me and my cousin Hiked from Woody Gap to Blood Mountian. It was a good hike, it was supposed to rain but never did, it was foggy the whole time though. We brought my cousin's dog "Bear" he...
  • Log #15896 - by Gary Scott Thompson on Aug 26, 2003
    My wife, Rhonda, and I hiked from Woody Gap to the top of Blood Mountain and back to Woody Gap in Suches the next day. We went in August and the trails were almost empty of other people, but we did...
  • Log #15897 - by Susan Moore on July 31, 2002
    As a young teen, hiked the mountain with my Atlanta Trinity Presbyterian Church youth group led by Allison F. Williams, D.D. Spent the night on top, had Easter services at sunrise. We rested twice on...
  • Log #15898 - by Cory Lampert on July 13, 2001
    A combination of sunburn on the way up, wind and cold on the top and sore knees after rushing down the other side to get to my first town on my '99 AT thru-hike. Neat old shelter at the top and...