February 16


Blood Mountain Day Hike
Neel's Gap

Join the Georgia Conservancy on February 16 for a day hike at Blood Mountain. Our group will rally up at the Mountain Crossing at Neel's Gap at 9:30 for the 5-mile out-and-back morning hike along the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Blood Mountain.

Blood Mountain is the highest peak on Georgia's portion of the Appalachian Trail. Some believe the name came from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek long before white men arrived in the area. Other theories derive the name from red lichen or Catawba rhododendron growing on the rocky summit. At 4,458, it overlooks an area rich in streams, hiking trails and scenic recreation spots, one of which - Sosebee Cove - is probably Georgia's only north-facing cove traversed by a paved road at such high elevation. It has an accessible boulderfield, northern hardwoods, large buckeyes and tulip poplars.

The Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to the Blood Mountain Summit is about 2.5 miles (five miles rountrip). The trail is generally steep and rocky in many places, but easy to follow. Near the summit, hikers will be rewarded with several picnic rocks and superb vistas from rock outcrops, including Yonah Mountain, Tray Mountain, Lake Winfield Scott and Slaughter Mountain. 

For metro Atlanta residents, there will be a morning car-pool / caravan leaving from the North Springs MARTA Station at 8 AM with the goal of reaching Mountain Crossing at Neel's Gap by 9:30 AM. The hike will start shortly after. Please pack you own lunch!

Trip Price:  $15

Recommended Experience Levels: Beginner

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*Registration opens to the Georgia Conservancy members on December 17 at 5 PM and to the General Public on December 19 at 5 PM

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Did you know? Georgia Conservancy members have the opportunity to register early for select Stewardship Trips, as well as receive a discount on a number of our adventures during the year. Become a Georgia Conservancy member today, or renew your membership to register on December 17!  Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration and to receive a discount (Live Oak Level and above) when registering for this trip. 

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The Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips program is excited to offer our Day Trips for the third year in a row. Our Day Trips help to supplement and enhance our already robust statewide trips schedule and aims to highlight and acknowledge the diverse array of green spaces, natural resources, individuals and organizations that are putting metro Atlanta on the map for environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.

If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Clark Harrison at charrison@gaconservancy.org