Big Cedar Mountain and Preachers Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 128 reviews

Big Cedar Mountain and Preachers Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

In the late 1800s "Bear" Joe Lunsford was a farmer and peacher in the Suches area. He'd climb to a rocky outcrop on what's now the Appalachian Trail to practice his sermons. The view is incredible, and today it's only a half-hour's walk off the pavement. The Appalachian Trail crosses the highway here. Follow the trail to the right, towards Neil's Gap and Blood Mountain. Look for the trail markers: white rectangles 2" wide by 6" high. These are known as "white blazes." The first two-thirds of the hike to preacher's rock are a nice, easy hike.

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12 days ago

Hiked up yesterday morning since I was on the way to Trailfest in Dahlonega. The weather was perfect and the views were breathtaking, just as I remember them from last time I was there about 8 years ago. Met a lot of friendly people, some that I seen again later at the festival! If you've never been to Trailfest, you should make it a point to go next year. Good times!! Last night decided to go back up to Woody Gap and camp for the night. Very busy spot. Happy hiking everyone!!!✌️

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19 days ago

Fantastic Views. Wonderful Hike. Continued past Preachers Rock to Blue Blazed side trail to overlook camp site for another view just as amazing. Will continue on to Blood Mountain next time. Get there early, parking is at a premium. Thins out considerably past Preachers Rock.

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25 days ago

Awesome hike! First half mile or so is very easy and relatively flat on a good beaten down path, then it starts to get pretty steep with several moderate parts that are more strenuous. I'd rate this overall on the very low side of moderate. The view at Preacher's Rock is absolutely incredible and one of the best I've ever seen-- only 0.9 miles to Preachers from the beginning of this trailhead. You can then go up another mile or so for another beautiful overlook. Saw a few bear tracks but thankfully no bears. Passes 6 or 7 other hikers on a weekday morning. Very enjoyable hike!

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1 month ago

We loved this hike on the AT. Beautiful view at Preacher's Rock, easy to moderate walk, great place for parking. We will definitely do it again, only next time we will hike all the way to Blood Mtn.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Awesome view!

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2 months ago

Caught this on an overnight to Neel's Gap. Great view.

2 months ago

Easy hike and great view

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2 months ago

Did it in the rain and the view was cloudy but definitely worth it

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