Chattahoochee National Forest - Slaughter Gap - Member Hike

Hike Name: Chattahoochee National Forest - Slaughter Gap
Country: United States
State: Georgia
Nearby Town: Dahlonega
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: From Dahlonega, take US 19/129 north for 22 miles to Neels Gap. Here the Appalachian Trail crosses the two-lane road, and The Walasi-Yi Center (a well-stocked backpacking store and hostel) is on the right with a parking area reserved for the store. Continue past Neels Gap and down the hill for 0.5 miles to a day and overnight parking lot for the Appalachian Trail. Take the second left off US 19/129 into the Reece Memorial Parking Area after you pass Neels Gap.
Total Hike Distance: 5.90 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Reece Memorial Parking Area
Trails Used: Reece Access, Freeman, Appalachian Trails
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Chattahoochee National Forest
508 Oak Street, NW,
Gainesville, GA 30501
(706) 745-6928
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The Reece Memorial Trail crosses the Appalachian Trail and joins with the Freeman Trail which it follows along the southern slope of Blood Mountain to Bird Gap. We set up camp in this area, then hiked the next day through Slaughter Gap and over Blood Mountain. It's a steep climb to the summit at 4,461 feet but the views from a rock outcropping near the shelter are spectacular. Blood Mountain is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, and it is the second highest peak in the State (after Brasstown Bald.)
For an overnight backpacking trip, there are two options. There is shelter camping or tent camping near Slaughter Gap. There are two shelters available on this route and each can accommodate 8-12 people. The first, Woods Hole Shelter, is located 0.4 miles off the trail and only 0.1 miles from Bird Gap. The second, Blood Mountain Shelter, is an enclosed stone structure, which is located at the summit. Woods Hole has water from a nearby spring, but Blood Mountain does not have a water source, so you will have to carry it up from Slaughter Gap or from the trailhead. There is a stream at Slaughter Gap which makes it a heavily used camping area that has room for a few tents.




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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Chattahoochee National Forest - Slaughter Gap - October 10, 1998 October 10, 1998 4 stars 2 days Pixie


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