Atlanta Trails

Atlanta: Dockery Lake Trail

Walk 6.8 miles out and back on a rocky singletrack path into an intimate ravine streaming with cold, blue mountain waters. The hike ends at a quiet Appalachian high point.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.5



Location: 34.6730728149414, -83.9767379760742

From NE end of parking lot, hop on Dockery Lake Trail


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Cross wood bridge, traveling N along lakeside


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Views of distant ridges to the E


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Cross stream


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Fill water bottle near cascading stream


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Creek runs wide and swift; good primitive campsites in flats


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Climb along Pigeon Roost Creek as the Tennessee Valley Divide springs up on the L


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Wooded col; views only in autumn and winter when the leaves have fallen from the mature oaks and maples


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Dockery Lake Trail comes to a T with Appalachian Trail. Eat a quiet lunch with distant mountains views, then return to your car the way you came.

Optional add-on: To make this hike a loop, turn S onto the AT and follow to Windy Gap, then turn E on GA 60 back to Dockery Lake Campground. Adds 2.2 miles to total mileage.