Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Appalachian Trail - Blood Mountain, GA via Lake Winfield Scott and Slaughter Creek Trail and Jarrard Gap Trail.

October 20, 2015

Today's hike was a loop hike to Blood Mountain starting out at Lake Winfield Scott on the Slaughter Creek Trail up to the A.T. then on up to Blood Mountain for lunch then back down to the Slaughter Creek intersection then down the A.T. to Jarrard Gap then down the Jarrard Gap Trail to Lake Winfield Scott.

HIKERS - Mike Bell, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Stephen Gales, Greta Driggers, Tim Hale, Jeanne O'Connor, Vic Robson and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFORMATION - The trailhead today was near the dam at Lake Winfield Scott. The hike up to Blood Mountain is uphill most of the way to the Blood Mountain shelter at the summit. This is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in GA. The trail is in good shape and features very nice mountain views.

We rate the hike moderately strenuous due to elevation gain up to the summit of Blood Mt.

Directions: From Cleveland, GA, travel North on Highway 129 for 21.3 miles and turn left just past Vogel State Park onto Highway 180. Continue on Highway 180 (Wolf Pen Gap Rd) for 6.7 miles and turn left at Lake Winfield Scott Rd to the parking lot. ($5 per car parking fee - seniors $2.50)

Another great day for a hike! Sunny and very cool with temperatures ranging from 38 to 50 degrees F. Hiking distance - 8.5 miles.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Showy Gentian, Goldenrod, White Snakeroot, Ladies Thumb, Brushy Aster.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Junco, Cardinal, Crow, Blue Jay, Turkey Vulture .

scroll down for photos from today.......


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The view from the parking area at Lake Winfield Scott.
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Colorful reflections on the lake!
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We start the loop hike on the Slaughter Creek Trail.
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Climbing the long slope up to the Appalachian Trail and Blood Mountain.
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One of the last wildflowers of the season - Showy Gentian (Gentiana decora)
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Mushrooms of the Week!
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We have switched over to winter clothing!
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The simple beauty and sounds of mountain creeks!
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Puffball Mushrooms
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This hike is brought to you in Living Color on Hikingsouth.com!
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The trail passes through several thickets of Rhododendron.
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Great views from Blood Mountain!
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On the return to the lake, we take the Jarrard Gap Trail.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Carole Wintle, Mike Bell, Jeanne O'Connor, Tim Hale, Vic Robson, Stephen Gales, Karen Brown, June Bellamy, Greta Driggers and John Bellamy.

SEE MANY MORE GREAT PHOTOS FROM THE HIKE BELOW!

October 21, 2015


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