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 Indians 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 as an accessible boulderfield, northern hardwoods, large buckeyes and tulip poplars.
The Appalachian Trail from Neels Gap to the Blood Mountain Summit is about two-miles (four 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.
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.