Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Great trail, very rough climb on the way back. Saw a black bear around mile 4.4 so keep a look, apparently he likes to stay around those parts. Nice campsites all over the trail (obviously, it’s the AT!) Great intermediate backpacking trail.

23 days ago

While to waterfall was beautiful it was not a walk in the park. You have to climb down an unofficial trail to get to see the waterfall at all. Also it’s a loop style trail but everything past the rappelling wall was so overgrown it wasn’t possible to walk.

Sure was pretty! and hard too!

This trail is no longer closed. It was an excellent hike, with waterfalls, creeks, elevation, and views.

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

The trail hasn't been taken care of from what I could see. Used the recorded trail map given and it was difficult to follow due to no cell service (you have to buy pro to use offline). Got lost a few times due to the lack of upkeep (fallen trees) on the trail and there were multiple pathways from the main trail. There is also a Ranger area that was restricted near the trail. Also, if you're okay with your shoes getting wet or taking off your shoes, you cross the river on this hike. Didn't get to complete the entire trail due to the sun setting and it raining on us halfway. Aside from that, it was beautiful and would definitely go back to clear up the trail and try again.

hiking
7 months ago

12-3-17 Parked at the TrailHead just beyond the DLT campground. Walked passed closed signs and hiked up to the AT then left and headed south to Woody Gap.
No reason for this trail to still be "closed" it was safe smooth sailing all the way to the top. You can definitely see where the blowdowns are but they have been removed from the path of the trail. Plenty of creek/river crossings to get (filtered) water. Beautiful woods for the whole hike. Did a shuttle from point A to B.
If you want to hike this trail, I'd say do it. I went through without any problems.
Happy Hiking!!

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Didn’t hike too far in . We were just checking out the area and went in about half a mile or so. Looks like good views as you walk along the flank of the mountain Trail is open. You just have to access it from the campground area instead of the day use area. Just wanted to share.

Trail still closed from hurricane damage. Went to hike this weekend up to preacher rock. Had to adjust plan but all had great time. Just wanted everyone to know.

Beautiful hike dog friendly would recommend it

Gnarly simple trail lots of hill and camp sites not much water

Gnarly simple trail lots of hill and camp sites not much water

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 months ago

I enjoyed this hike. Challenging but enjoyable with good scenery and a stream that you cross often and can hear for most of the hike.

Good summertime views from Wolf Laurel, Cowrock, and Wildcat. Pump filter would be better than a Sawyer for this ridge line hike.

This trail is more of a drive up to the waterfall. It is on a ranger training base facility. The waterfall is pretty and calming, but there was no hiking involved.

A very nice section of the Georgia trail. No views but you won't mind since you actually get some extended flat sections.

Nice hike good uphill challenge.

backpacking
11 months ago

Nice lush trail with primitive camping opportunities and access to the AT. There is a day parking lot next to the trailhead that allows overnight parking for camping too, and you start at dockery lake and follow the blue blazes. The trail gets steadily harder - I enjoyed the sights and sounds of rushing water more coming back down because I was sweating going up! There are a couple nice smallish spots for solo or couples camping along the way. Dense forest all the way, and I did almost step on a big copperhead. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the bugs which were a bit annoying camping. I tried going north when the trail hits the AT and it was more uphill without any views for ~1.5 miles, so I think it's a nicer walk to go south instead at the junction for a mile until preachers rock. Less than two hours to the trailhead from Atlanta, I'll go back sometime!

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

very remote forested trail. I found it very interesting to explore the trails in this region. trail is not marked and there is more than one way to go. I loved it. the 2 waterfalls were beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great hike!!! The sound of rushing water fills the trail almost the whole hike. Great steam crossings. It's a good uphill about 30 minutes into it but well worth it.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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!

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Dog friendly. What an amazing Forrest. So much water and a good hike. Not hard but not easy. Beautiful!!! I will be doing this again!!!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It's a nice hike with a gradual uphill toward the end. Check out the elevation track and plan accordingly. One of our guide books mentioned a spur trail to Martha Falls but we never found it.

Hiked this SOBO with a friend from work. My GF was hiking Blood with her ladies hiking group, so she dropped us off at Hogpen Gap with plans to meet her at the Byron Reece parking area.

The descent from Wildcat into Tesnatee Gap is quite steep and you would be well advised to bring some trekking poles.

Coming out of Tesnatee you will hit a 600' ascent to the Cowrock Mountain overlook. It's not a hard section as there are numerous switchbacks to help ease the elevation gain. Be sure to rest a few minutes and take in the view when you get to the overlook There are also a couple more views to the south (left if SOBO) just after Cowrock.

You will be walking on a fairly narrow ridgeline for part of the way which offers a great North and South view.

Be sure to relax and have a Pizza at Mountain Crossings when you reach Neel's Gap. You'll also get a chance to walk the only part of the AT which passes through a building. Sign the log on the left as you pass through.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Strenuous at times, not a lot of traffic. A few good sites off the path for solo or couples camping.

Nice area, parking across the street for day hikers or overflow of the Raven Cliffs. Heading up for a nice day hike to Cowrock is always welcoming.

Love the views! Very challenging mountains but glad to be going north bound to Blood Mt. Make sure you stop by Neel Gap store. Great hiking gear and lots of hiking boots outside in trees.

Beast mode, super strenuous and overall a bear to complete, make it a 2 day trip for sure. Also check out Redbeard on YouTube as he documents the AT.

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