Explore the most popular forest 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trails.

Beautiful trail with surprising little vignettes to pause and take in the views. Excellent workout

This is a nice walk. It’s more like a walk through the woods vs a hike. No views or nice scenery.

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.

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.

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

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!!

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.

mountain biking
8 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
8 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.

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

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

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!

More work than I expected but it was beautiful.

Great place to hike with a few sneaky little hills!

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.

hiking
11 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.

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

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

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!

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