Blood Mountain - Freeman Trail and Bird Gap

October 28, 2003

HIKERS - John Bellamy,   Jack Jacobi,   Steve Jordan,  Wayne Miller,   Bob Presley, Tony Presley,  Dan Ross,   Gerald Shedd, Bob Slack,  Jack Slaton,  Bob Thompson,   and David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Our hike today began at the Byron Herbert Reese parking lot just past Neel's Gap on Hwy 129 / 19 North of Cleveland, GA. We hiked a loop from Byron Reese to the Freeman Trail to Bird Gap on up to Slaughter Gap and Blood Mountain and back down to Herbert Reese. Distance about 8 mi.

Another beautiful hiking day! Partly to mostly cloudy 45-62 degrees F. Great views from the highest peak on the GA portion of the Appalachian Trail (Blood Mtn.)!  

Wildflowers viewed -  Closed Gentian, White Snakeroot, Wood Asters, Phlox, Heal-All, Yellow Cone-Flower.

Fauna identified -   Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Winter Wren, Raven, Black Shinned Salamander.


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The view from the trail junction of the Freeman Trail and The Appalachian Trail.
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The Freeman Loop Trail to Bird Gap.
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The clouds were settled into the valleys for some awesome views!
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The Blood Mtn. Shelter (built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps).
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Every direction gave magnificent views (even on a cloudy day).
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Another nice view!
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We met a nice group of 5th graders from Woodward Academy (51 hiked to the summit of Blood Mtn.!)
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This portion of the A.T. features very large boulders all along the trail.
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The OFHC gang at the top of Blood Mtn. (front kneeling) David Whitaker, and Gerald Shedd. (back l-r) Bob Slack, Jack Slaton, John Bellamy, Bob Thompson, Dan Ross, Steve Jordan, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Jack Jacobi, and Tony Presley.


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