This peak has scenic views from the large rock formations that top the mountain. There is a hiker’s shelter at the top of the mountain maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, and at the bottom of the eastern side of the mountain is a hostel and store (at Neels Gap, where the Appalachian Trail intersects U.S. Highway 19/129) at the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center. The summit shelter is a two-room stone cabin which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, but is not currently on it. The Walasi-Yi Center started out as log cabin constructed in the early 1900s by a logging company. It was renovated and expanded by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-38 into a larger stone building.[6] The Center now houses a store; its breezeway is the only place the Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure.[7]

View from Blood Mountain.
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There is no water for hikers on top of Blood Mountain, and the shelter and surrounding area is often crowded with weekend hikers during the spring and fall, as well as hikers all summer. There have been numerous problems with people hiking to the top of Blood Mountain in the summer months without taking water and becoming dehydrated. The mountain summit is the highest point of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

There is a short (2 mile) but steep (1,800 foot elevation gain) approach trail to the top of the mountain from a parking area to the immediate north of the Walasi-Yi Center. This hike affords spectacular views as one apporaches the summit but the final 1.5 miles (2.4 km), past the Flatrock Gap intersection with the Byron Reece Trail, is fraught with switchbacks. It is perhaps the most hiked segment of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.[8] Another approach is from the other side at Lake Winfield Scott via the Slaughter Creek Trail. This approach, which is easier to hike, has excellent campsites and abundant sources of treatable water.

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