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Dockery Lake to Preacherís Rock

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cleveland, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 30 2022  9:30 am >> Sat, Apr 30 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 26 2022 12:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 29 2022 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.2 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join me for one of my favorite mountain hikes to Preacher's Rock. We start 12 miles north of Dahlonega at Dockery Lake and trek 3.7 miles on the scenic Dockery Lake Trail before we intersect with the Appalachian Trail. We hang a left on the AT and continue hiking for 1.4 miles until we reach Big Cedar Mountain. A blue-blazed side trail will take us to a scenic overlook called Preacher's Rock. After 30 minutes or so having lunch and enjoying the expansive views we'll retrace our steps back to the parking lot.

The total distance is about 10.2 miles and vertical rise is 1,850 feet. We hike along Dockery Lake, rock hop scenic creeks and small waterfalls, stroll thru hemlock forests, and enjoy amazing views from Preacher's Rock.
We'll take a moderate average pace of 2.25 to 2.5 mph, faster on the down hills and slower on the ups. We will hike as a group and stop at all intersections to ensure we are all together.


Required Items to Bring:

A least 2 liters of water
Hiking boots/shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking poles
Rain gear

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400 north, 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 12 miles. Turn right at the sign for Dockery Lake on Forest Road 654 for 1 mile. Pass through the campground, then stay right to reach the day-use parking area. The Dockery Lake Trail starts on the right side of the parking area.

Bonus - There is a pit toilet at the parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):110Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $44.00 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.


Let's enjoy nature!

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