Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia, with an elevation of . It is located on the border of Lumpkin County with Union County and is within the boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blood Mountain Wilderness. There are several waterfalls, hiking trails and other recreational areas in the vicinity. Blood Mountain is the high point of the Apalachicola River watershed via the Chattahoochee River, making the mountain the highest point of any land draining ultimately to the state of Florida.
We parked the car (for free) at the Byron Reece Trailhead, just north of Mountain Crossing at Neels Gap. We showed up about 11am, and the parking was full. There really isn’t another alternative without adding several miles to your hike, so we circled a handful of times and finally found a spot. This is peak season (we were there the last weekend of September) so come early. It is a busy place.
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