Big Cedar Mountain and Preachers Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 205 reviews

Big Cedar Mountain and Preachers Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Suches, 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
780 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

1 day ago

Awesome trail, we had such a wonderful hike. The weather was perfect. Lots of shade and a wonderful workout! Preachers Rock was a magnificent view, totally worth it!

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9 days ago

Hiked a total of 3.8 miles so we went just a short way past Preacher's Rock. Not a hard hike at all and I will definitely do it again.

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14 days ago

We love this hike on the AT. Short hike with just enough incline to work up a sweat. Go during the week to avoid the crowds. Amazing view from the top. 5 months pregnant and completed the hike with no issues. Prettier views than Ramrock mountain. No stream crossings. Some switchbacks near the summit. Great place to bring visiting family or friends. Will definitely return.

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21 days ago

Pretty easy hike to Preacher Rock. Good for all skill levels with a rewarding view! Will definitely do it again around fall.

29 days ago

Really fun short hike with great views and nice shade on the way up. Strenuous for folks in my crew that aren't avid hikers, but luckily the hike back down is a breeze. Bathrooms and parking available. Go right at the trailhead. Heavily trafficked but wasn't too bad on a Friday afternoon in the summer. A couple of great spots off to the side of preachers rock to hang a hammock and eat some lunch while still taking in the view.

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1 month ago

Relatively easy and short hike to the overlook. Beautiful views and trail is well maintained. Dog friendly. Outhouse available in parking area.

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1 month ago

It was a good hike. Overlook from Preachers Rock was nice and then about a 1/4 mile further was a barely maintained trail to the right that went to another overlook.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Awesome views.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Absolutely loved the view!!! This hike is a MUST!

2 months ago

Great place. Steep at places, but well worth the view.

2 months ago

my favorite hike so far! beautiful

2 months ago

The hike is pretty easy and the view is lovely.

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2 months ago

Awesome trail. At trail head take the trail to the right. Amazing canopy along the way. Dog friendly. Amazing views at the top! Well worth it! Will do this again!

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3 months ago

Great trail and view. we took our dog and she enjoyed it too. I would suggest getting there early if you plan on hiking during a nice weekend day as the parking area was full by 1130am yesterday.

4 months ago

great trail, beautiful view, moderate level

walking
4 months ago

This is my favorite!!

hiking
5 months ago

Pleasant afternoon hike for Wife and I to Preachers Rock (approx 1 Mile to rock). Great views along they way, particularly from top of rock. Will do this one again! Moderate to Easy.

hiking
6 months ago

Was a great short hike for the family. Youngest being seven years old. Nice trail, great views and not crowded on a weekday in February.

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6 months ago

Such a beautiful view at Preachers Rock! When you first come up to the trail you can go left of right... no idea where left goes, but right goes up to Preachers Rock so if that’s where you’re trying to go, take the trail to the right!

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7 months ago

Absolutely stunning views at Preachers Rock

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8 months ago

Perfect hike with a huge pay off at the summit. Perfect for beginners and a must do for the seasoned hiker.

9 months ago

Spectacular view from Preachers Rock!!!! Would love to go back at peak fall color next year.

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9 months ago

Great trail with a moderate incline in the middle. Preachers Rock view is well worth the hike

hiking
10 months ago

Super easy trail with an excellent view. The view will only get better as fall arrives.

equipment ...Osprey day pack, trekking poles and plenty of water.

hiking
11 months 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!!!✌️

11 months 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.

hiking
11 months 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!

Friday, August 18, 2017

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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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Great hike! Awesome view!

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