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Big Cedar Mountain and Dockery Lake

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Woody Gap, 15 miles north of Dahlonega, GA
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Apr 7 2015  8:00 am >> Tue, Apr 7 2015 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 2 2015 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 6 2015 11:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary Hubert
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This trip is for hikers with recent experience of hiking 10 or more miles in the mountains. We will go at a steady, moderate pace, with several stops.

This is an in and out hike with a total distance of about 12 miles and vertical rise of approximately 2,000 feet. Overall, the hike offers views of Dockery Lake, scenic creeks, dark hemlock forests, and vistas from Preaching Rock. It is among the closest to Atlanta of any hike in the Blue Ridge.

This hike starts at Woody Gap just 15 miles north of Dahlonega, GA. We will hike northeast on the Appalachian Trail until we reach Big Cedar Mountain. A blue-blazed side trail will take us to a scenic overlook called Preaching Rock. Here, at 3,600 feet, we will have a south-easterly view of the mountains, valleys, and Piedmont.  After that we will continue on the Applalachian Trail until we reach the Dockery Lake Trail.  We will then go 3.6 miles on the Dockery Lake Trail until we reach Dockery Lake.  Dockery Lake is a good lunch spot. From there, it's back up the way we came, back to our cars.

Required Items to Bring:

2 liters or more of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes

Dress in layers for spring hiking conditions

Recommended Items to Bring:
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You may wish to bring
Hiking Poles- for balance
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400 from the park and ride. When GA 400 ends at the Chevron station make a left onto US-19/GA60 until you reach Dahlonega. From Dahlonega, take GA 60 north for 15 miles until you reach the parking lot on the top of the mountain at Woody Gap. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $48.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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