Preachers Rock Blood Mountain Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.9 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.4 Easy
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
440
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Preachers Rock

Take this short hike to an amazing view along the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia. At just an hour and a half from Atlanta, Preachers Rock makes a great day trip.

Parking is on either side of the road at Woody Gap which can accommodate about 30 cars. Before beginning the hike, check out the view on the south side of the highway. This hike will start on the north side of the highway at the larger parking area. Restrooms are available. Venture south instead for Ramrock Mountain, another short easy hike along the AT.

Begin hiking northbound along the AT. Follow the white blazes as you pass a side trail on the left and a camping spot on the right. Immediately, you will enter Blood Mountain Wilderness. More than half this hike is an easy climb of less than 300 feet/mile, descending briefly before beginning it's only difficult climb at .7 miles.

The trail passes a side trail to a campsite before it enters a series of sharp switchbacks, rising steeply at a rate of 1100 feet/mile. This portion of the hike is very rocky with many short sections of rock steps. While difficult, this only lasts a quarter of a mile as you reach Preachers Rock, a larger rock outcropping with an excellent views to the southeast. You could continue on to the summit of Big Cedar Mountain, but there are no open views so most people end here.

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length1.9 miles
difficulty4.4 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain440 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestBlood Mountain Wilderness
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.677916, -83.999606 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°40.67, W 83°59.98 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°40'40'', N 34°40'40'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.677916, -83.999606 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°40.67, W 83°59.98 most GPS units use this one
N 34°40'40'', N 34°40'40'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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There is parking on both sides of the highway but this hike begins northbound on the AT on the north side of the road with the larger parking area.
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hikethesouth-7 months ago
A North GA Must Hike
This is a great short hike along the AT in Georgia. Great for families and those just looking for a quick view off the highway. Get there early as it's a popular parking area.
Easy | Hiked Spring 2018
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