The Appalachian Trail and Freeman Trail - Blood Mt., GA

June 8, 2010

This week's hike was a loop hike to Blood Mt. (the highest elevation on the GA portion of the A.T. at 4,458 ft.) using the Byron Herbert Reece Trail, Freeman Trail and Appalachian Trail. This loop from the Reece Trail - Freeman Trail to Bird Gap - Appalachian Trail over Blood Mt. is a little over 6 miles.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Jack Jacobi, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, David Whitaker and Geri Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. This is a nice loop including the Freeman Trail along with the most popular portion of the A.T. in Georgia. The terrain is somewhat challenging with lots of very rocky areas and lots of elevation change.

Total hiking distance today - 6+ miles

Directions: Take US 19 and 129, north from Cleveland, GA and drive approximately 18 miles to the Byron Herbert Reese Park just a half mile past Neels Gap and the Mountain Crossings Store / Walasi-Yi Center.

Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy and mild with temperatures ranging from 65 to 74 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Mountain Laurel, Flame Azalea, Sweet Azalea, Swamp Azalea, Catawba Rhododendrun, Virginia Rose, Carolina Rose, Sun Drop, Grey Beardtongue, Fire Pink, Leatherflower, Bindweed, Spiderwort, Common Milkweed, Carrionflower, Hog Nut, Dewberry, Blackberry, Foamflower, Tall Bluet, Bluet, Indian Pipe, Whorled Loosestrife, Cow Wheat, Tall Meadow Rue, Ragwort, Micheaux's Saxifrage, Flowering Spurge, Rattlesnake weed, Cinquefoil, Black-eyed Susan, Hawkweed, Wild Quinine, Golden Alexander, Indian Physic, St. John's Wort, Wood Betony, Tassel Rue, Yellow Wood Sorrell and Galax.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Phoebe, Red Eyed Vireo, Towhee, Ovenbird, Black & White Warbler, Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, PeeWee, Titmouse, Nuthatch, Acadian Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Carolina Wren, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Junco, Veery, Scarlet Tananger, Raven, Turkey Vulture, Broad Wing Hawk.

Scroll down for photos and video from today!

Our parking spot Byron Herbert Reece Park
Starting up the Reece Trail to the A.T.
The Reece Trail ends here at Flat Rock Gap on the Appalachian Trail.
The view from Flat Rock Gap.
A few of the amazing native azaleas in peak bloom today!
View 1 from the summit of Blood Mountain.
View 2!
View 3!
View 4!
Another great day for a hike!
"We took it for granite".
At lunchtime, we met some nice backpackers from (l-r) Chicago, Florida and Ohio.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Donna Presley, Vic Robson, Greta Driggers, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker and Tony Presley. (l-r back) Dan Ross, Jack Jacobi, Don Preece, John Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg and Jim Driggers.

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