Big Cedar Mountain and Preachers Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 121 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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3 days 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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26 days ago

Great hike! Awesome view!

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1 month ago

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

Easy hike and great view

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

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