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Wildcat Creek with Waterfalls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dawson Forest
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 19 2015  7:00 am >> Sat, Sep 19 2015 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 9 2015 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 18 2015 6:00 am
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


The Wildcat Area is a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property in Dawson County, and hikers must have the GORP pass on the Wildcat creek trails.  The trip leader will have a pass, however, there is a limit of 8 hikers so please plan accordingly.  Contributions of $1 per hiker will be appreciated to help cover the cost of the pass which is specific to the hikers on this event.  Some sections of the hike are steep.

Sections of the trail are composed of foothills and coves with rivers and creeks and there will be at least 3 water crossings.  The cove areas at the lower elevations are very different ecologically from the higher elevations. These areas are generally wetlands or creek flats with an abundance of rhododendron, mountain laurel, hemlock trees and many other flora species.

We will begin from the campground on Turner Trail, then onto the steep Windy Ridge Trail.  The Rocky Ford Trail has one river crossing then onto the Tabacco Pouch Trail.  We will return on the Fall Creek Trail with 2 water crossings and the Wildcat Creek Trail.  Total elevation is approximately 3,000 feet.

Turner Trail
Windy Ridge Trail  
Rocky Ford Trail (1 wet foot crossing)  
Tobacco Pouch Trail  
Fall Creek Trail (2 water crossings)  
Wildcat Creek Trail back to the campground


Dougs must be on leash at all times according to DNR rules.

Note:  The trip leader may contact you to determine your fitness level. The trip leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list who they feel cannot handle this trip.


Required Items to Bring:


Hiking Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

$1/hiker to cover the cost of the pass, which is specific to the hikers on this event.

Water Shoes


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

GA-400 North to GA Hwy 53.

Left onto GA Hwy 53 for approx. 17 miles.

Right onto Steve Tate Hwy for 7.2 miles.

Just past Pleasant Union Church and turn left on Wildcat campground rd (Red Fox rd).

Follow dirt road for 0.8 miles to the Amicalola River and campground.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):88Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $35.20 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

The trip leader reserves the right to consider the cancellation history of the participants to add/remove attendees and select from the waiting list due to the 8 limit pass restriction.