This is a common out and back for trail runners, so I thought I'd set the bar with my fastest time. I know there's probably others who have run faster, so hoping they post up! It's a fun stretch of trail for sure. Here's a record of my recent solo "FKT":
Who: Eli Dickerson
When: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, 8:57am start, 11:50am finish (1:30 out, 1:23ish return)
Where: Woody Gap to Blood Mountain and back via Appalachian Trail
Total distance: (approximately) 16.33 miles (Garmin tends to read short up here though)
Total time: 2:53:12 (no stops)
Total elevation gain: ~4,000'
Garmin track: connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1110731831