Vogel State Park
Ok, back to our regularly scheduled Georgia hiking. We actually visited Vogel State Park back in January, but since I am not someone who earns a living on social media, I am quite behind on actually writing about the places I go. I’ve also realized, in general, I would rather wake up early on a Saturday morning and go hike somewhere, not sit at home and write. But nevertheless, the blog somehow carries on…Anyways, this was our first visit to Vogel, which is the oldest state park in Georgia. I’d visited nearby Blood Mountain more than once, but never made it up the road to Vogel. I managed to convince James to come along on a rollercoaster weather day where we weren’t sure if it was going to rain or snow or both!
We started out our visit hiking the short trail around Lake Trahlyta, since we weren’t really sure what the weather was going to do. The lake trail is about a mile long and flat, so it’s good for hikers of any age or ability. The trail offers gorgeous reflective views of the surrounding mountains and leads to a picturesque waterfall on the other side of the dam. You’ll see from my pictures, the weather was foggy at one moment and sunny the next! After finishing the lake trail, it seemed apparent it was at least not going to snow so we continued on and hiked the Bair Hair Gap Trail as well.
The Bear Hair Gap Trail begins near the cottage area of the park and is a nice 4 mile “lollipop” loop. I came the conclusion this trail is not too long, not too short, not too hard, and not too easy…it’s just right! Starting out along a beautiful creek, the trail gains some elevation and provides a good workout. Along the way, there are intersecting trails for the Coosa Backcountry Trail and an alternate trail to Blood Mountain, but the Bear Hair is clearly marked and easy to follow. After the elevation gain, there is a side trail leading to a small overlook of Lake Trahlyta. There are not really a lot of mountain vistas, but the trail is so pretty I didn’t even really notice.
After leaving the side trail, it’s pretty much all downhill. A nice, classic up and down loop. There are also beautiful streams along the second half of the loop and I lingered for a long time taking pictures and enjoying the peaceful scenery. James hiked ahead, of course, but I managed to catch him on video saying “it wasn’t too hard!”. Hah, proof he is a very capable hiker who just loves to complain about me “making” him hike. We saw very few other people along the way and no bears either! We finished the hike in under 2 hours, which makes is very manageable if you’re in a time crunch (me; always).
I really liked Vogel State Park and actually had plans to camp here more recently with my hiking ladies, but unfortunately our plan were zapped with the terrible thunderstorms and tornado warnings Georgia has been getting lately. It’s a beautiful state park, with plenty of amenities so hopefully I’ll be back in summer to enjoy it a little more.