Explore the most popular birding trails near Dahlonega with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

fishing
11 days ago

Wasn’t really a hike, or at least I didn’t see the trails. People were mainly there for fishing and swimming in the waterfall. Great area to swim around in.

No switchbacks a lot of straight up and down and not much reward for the effort.
but it is well maintained.

Trail was easy to find. The porta potty had a sign on it that said due to lack of donation they are unable to keep up with the maintenance. Started walking the trail, and it was very pleasant, but NOT clearly marked. There are no trees marked in between trail markers and it is very easy to end up off course. We ended up miles off the loop turning a 9 mile loop into a 13.5 mile hike before we finally called forestry because we were running out of light.

hiking
1 month ago

it's open

Fantastic very diverse trail system. Time flies while hiking it. Lots of surprises along the way.

Trail is open (3/31/18).

hiking
2 months ago

I take the dogs here a lot and we hike/walk the road. Havent been past the concrete bridge by the small falls, but it's a lovely walk. Very pretty and easy. We usually park in the lot by the main falls and swimming area. I haven't come across an actual trail, just the road and a few defunct service roads. Bring water, trail snacks, and definitely a camera. The wildlife is spectacular.

had an awesome time fishing over the summer. beautiful lake.

Good easy/moderate hike to just be outside. Trail was in decent shape but no views. No indication in description that we would have to cross a creek. Found a tree that had fallen across upstream & climbed over that way.

mountain biking
7 months ago

The trailhead location is accurate on this site and easy to find. It has a detailed map, parking and even a porta-potty.

The trails have a good mix of downhill sections, climbs and flowy single track. There is probably 50miles of riding out there.

I like to think I'm in good shape but haven't been on my bike in a long time. Even riding a heavier bike (trek remedy 8) I was able to ride continuously and had a good time.

I will definitely return and met some locals who say they ride there nearly every weekend without getting bored of it.

Hiked this a few months ago and enjoyed the peaceful environment. Enough up and downhills to get your heart pumping but not too strenuous.

hiking
7 months ago

Great Autumn hike. The Jake Mountain Trail Loop has moderate downhills and uphills. Nothing too strenuous. We encounters two Jones Creeks crossings, One was mid shin (we removed our hiking boots to cross) and the other we used rocks to cross.

Great relaxing hike. Beautiful scenery. You do have to walk along the side of a busy highway if you make the loop, but it feels so remote as soon as you hit the trail.

Great trail for a short hike. Nice incline. To make the full loop you have to hike along the highway. Dog friendly!

hiking
8 months ago

Small area fun for exploring!

hiking
8 months ago

Went to hike this trail today but it is closed due trees down and damage from hurricane Irma.

More work than I expected but it was beautiful.

Great place to hike with a few sneaky little hills!

hiking
8 months ago

An easy hike around a beautiful little lake. Very secluded, beautiful curvy drive to Dockery Lake Road. Rustic gravel road for last mile. We were there on a Holiday weekend and saw maybe 5 cars. No cell coverage, extremely isolated. I would recommend going with a group.

Easy short hike. Few hills. As long as you don't have health problems it is easy walk. Went to upper falls.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a nice short hiking trail with two sets of water falls, the upper and lower. The upper is about .75 mi from the main placard and ends at a wooden observation deck marked by a caution sign. The trail to the left of the placard goes to the lower falls, which requires a steeper hike of about .25 mi to another deck. The trails to both falls are well maintained. Trails that are not maintained continue beyond both falls, but we did not hike them. Great trail for hikers of all ages.

hiking
9 months ago

The scenery is pretty rather than spectacular, and the trail has enough loose stones that I turned my ankle several times. Still, I'll be back.

Note: If you go clockwise around the lake, the last third or more is a fast, easy walk.

Good trail. Couple challenging hills. Nice trail for a close workout. Very nice lake.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail head was relatively easy to find, at a larger parking area on the right side of the road. We took off on the road and went along the western side of the loop. The trail is not marked and the best way is not always on the east side of the creek as shown by the red line. We got a bit confused after the creek came in from our left and ended up turning around coming back the same way - did not finish the loop, saw but did not get all the way to the falls at the head of the creek. We will go back and try again.

A good workout! Lots of hills and climbing, hiking stick would be helpful. Lovely, thick, dense foliage! Well maintained. Close to town, and not far from the road but can feel very isolated. My 12 year old daughter and I walked it on a wet day and really enjoyed it. We walked counter clockwise, parking at the spill way and that might be a slight bit easier with more downhill, lots of hills either way. Not certain I would walk it alone, took about 1.75 hours and saw maybe 11 people on the trail. Had to walk on the road to get back to our car at the spillway.

This is such a pretty trail and has been maintained to have good drainage.

hiking
10 months ago

Falls were nice. Trail is in a campground. Nice little walk. Watch out for snakes, we came across 2 along side the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

quiet beautiful trail.

11 months ago

Fun to see the waterfalls at the end. Two trails to two different falls. Both were decently easy. The shorter trail was the more strenuous, but no very long (1/4 mile) Shaded all the way on both.

backpacking
11 months ago

It's a great trail, plenty of elevation and it's pretty remote. The only downsides are there's a lot of poison ivy and a lot of ticks. If you're bringing a dog, make sure you give them tick medicine ahead of time, and that you use a lot of deet on yourself. Otherwise, great hike!

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