Blood Mountain, Georgia. Our 10 year wedding anniversary hike.

"In every walk of nature one receives far more than he seeks." -John Muir 

FINALLY, we are going to attempt to catch up on our hiking adventures on the blog for all you locals wanting a place to get outdoors! First up on the list...
Elevation 4,458
Apart of the Blue Ridge Moutains
One heck of a view! Highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the 6th tallest mountain in Ga.
Hike- Moderate 2.1 miles to the top.
There is a store called Mountain Crossing at Neel's Gap that runs through the AT towards Blood Mountain. Parking for the Blood Mountain trail is a 1/4 of a mile from there, on the left.
12471 Gainesville Hwy
Blairsville Ga 30512
We have done this hike before with the whole family, (including an 11 year old, 3 year old and 15 month old at the time) The hike is fun and definitely not boring. There is flat sandy trail, boulder field, stone steps and lots of trees/flowers and ferns to admire on the way.
 This view is priceless and worth every bead of sweat and scream of a muscle
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." -John Muir


Make sure, while passing through the bolder fields, that you follow the white trail markers to stay on the trail!

 Hiking with kids is totally doable, just know your child and know your limits. Our 3 year old loves to be outdoors and explore, but hates structured hikes. He will ride in a backpack toddler carrier or on Bjs shoulders. The 18 month old rides in a toddler carrier on my back. Of course, this particular hike was much more enjoyable and went much quicker when it was just us two, as oppose to having all the kiddos but we love making those memories and watching little minds explore.
There are 3 balds (clear places for the view) before you reach the summit, so keep going!

Summit! This is the shelter at the very top of the mountain.

There is a hiker sign in sheet in a protective Tupperware.

Married 10 years on 9/8/2017!

We found this letter in there as well. I thought it was very special. Of course, we aren't sure if its been placed there before the proposal or maybe an anniversary hike like ours.

Boulder hoppin' on the summit.

"The mountains are calling and I must go" -John Muir
"Keep close to nature's heart.... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir
'Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." -John Muir
Happy 10 years babe! I love you.