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Dawson Forest Wildcat Tract

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Wildcat Creek Campground, Marble Hill, GA   Hike: Dawson Forest Wildcat Tract  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Mar 23 2017  10:00 am >> Thu, Mar 23 2017 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 10:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 12 2017 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 23 2017 9:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 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.


We wanted to try and get out of town again on a weekday and check out a beautiful area of amazing waterfalls located so close to the city.  We did it recently and had a great time.  For this trip we will visit different areas than last time and will go see 'The Big One'!

We will head out from the campground and will see a few waterfalls eventually along the many trails in the area.  It will be necessary to cross the creek a few times going and coming.  So, be prepared for that.  Personally, I wear waterproof socks and gaiters and just walk through the water - I don't mind a little wet feet, temperature permitting.  You may certainly change into water shoes at the crossings if you like. 

We will maintain a fairly slow pace at around 3 MPH.  I may want to snap some photo shots along the way.  We will plan to have lunch at one of the waterfalls.  We will be out on the trail for about 3 hours and want to get back to the carpool by 4:00.

I am listing it as exploratory because I have not been to some of the areas before or it has been a while.  We will potentially visit an off trail fall.  

This is a GA DNR GORP fee pay area.  I do own an annual group pass.  So, if you could give me a buck to offset that cost, it will be appreciated!  

In general, we just want to have a fun and relaxed mid-week nature explore and take in some wonderful falling water and hopefull some wildlife too.  We hope you can make yourself available for a fun day!

Here's a map of the trails from Google Maps.

Here's our photo album from last time that shows a river crossing.  FUN!

Here is info for the area.

Another info page for the trails in this area.


Required Items to Bring:
  • good shoes for hiking mountain trails
  • trekking poles
  • sack lunch, snacks, water


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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Here are directions from the carpool to the event.  When you reach the campground, you will drive all the way to the back where the road ends and you will see a parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):114Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 10:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $45.60 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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