Dockery Lake Campground is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dahlonega, GA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A peaceful small campground along side a beautiful mountain lake. The campground has 11 campsites with about half being on the lake side. They are spread out nicely so you should have no problem relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The lake is about 4 acres in size and is great to float around on in a canoe or work the banks with a fishing pole and try to catch one of the stocked trout. The trail around the lake is about .5 miles and is wheelchair accessible with the base being small gravel. On one end of the lake is a wood fishing pier and on the other is a nice picnic area for day use.
Very scenic, beautiful setting, hoping to find an open campsite but it was full. Primitive campsites outhouses and tent pads with a grill. Will not return more than likely, but really glad me and the kids got this one checked off our list.
The lake is gorgeous
Nice, easy hike around the lake. Good place to feed fish (I'm not very good at catching them!)
peaceful and serene. small campsites, no electricity.
Wonderful campground. Excellent jumping off point for Dockery Lake Trail continuing on to Big Cedar Maountain.
We came November 8, 2014...two moms and 5 kids ages 6 to 14. We left Dockery Lake Campground and backpacked to the end of Dockery Lake Trail where we set up camp before hiking on to Big Cedar Mountain for the views.
The Dockery Lake Campground was completely full when we arrived so we had to improvise and made camp where the day hikers parked.
Very nice hike around the lake. Short but nice. Looks like a nice place to fish.
Dockery Lake Campground is a small little campground operated by the Forest Service. It only has about 10 sites, and all sites on the right side of the road as you enter sit on the lake while the ones on the left side are set back in the forest. The sites on the lake are shady too, lots of tree cover. Apparently Dockery Lake is man made and regularly stocked with fish. It is pretty small, and has a short loop trail around the perimeter.
We came in the winter, when it was the off season, and it was totally empty. Very quiet on the lake, and it would probably be just as quiet in season since there are no motors allowed on the water. We literally had the campground to ourselves, which was a good thing since they lock the toilets during the off season. No showers, very minimal facilities when they are open. There were two water spigots, no electricity.
We tried our hand at fishing, but came up with nothing. They stock it at the beginning of each season, so I guess it was all fished out (or we are just terrible, terrible fishermen - a huge possibility). We ended up going to Black Mountain Trout Pond up the highway and catching a bunch of fish which we wrapped in foil and cooked on the fire. Amazing!
We came here primarily to hike, and without a doubt the hiking here is excellent. The Dockery Lake Trail connects to the AT (about a 3.5 mi hike connecting at Miller's Gap). From here you can hike to the highest point in Georgia, Blood Mountain (5mi), or in the other direction to Woody Gap (3mi). Or for a more easy-going hike, you can hop in your car, drive to Woody Gap, where the AT crosses Hwy 60. There is a nice - safe and busy even in the winter - parking lot here and you can hike only a mile or 1.5 in to get some great views. Dockery Lake is the perfect little campground for anyone wishing to hike this stretch of the AT.
The campground is a little hidden gem. There are only 11 campsites so it never gets really crowded. About half of the sites are lake side and all have tent pads, picnic tables and fire rings. There is water available as well as chemical toilets. The lake is around 4 acres and is great for relaxing in canoe or trying to hook into a trout. There is an easy 1/2 mile trail around the lake with day use picnic tables on one end and a ADA fishing pier on the other.
There is a 3.6 mile trail that heads up to the Appalachian Trail starting behind the fishing dock as well.