Dockery Lake Trail - Appalachian Trail

August 30, 2011

This week's hike was on the Dockery Lake Trail in Lumpkin Country, GA. We also hiked the loop around Dockery Lake for a total round trip hike of approximately 7.5 miles.

HIKERS: John Bellamy, Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Pam Euliss, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Jeanne O'Connor, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker and Carole Wintle .

TRAIL INFO. - A beautiful trail starting at Dockery Lake Campground and leading up to the Appalachian Trail east of Woody Gap, GA. Also a nice loop trail around Dockery Lake. Overall difficulty - moderate with considerable elevation change leading up to the A.T. Total hike distance approx. 7.5 miles round trip.

Directions: Take Hwy. 129 N from Cleveland, GA for about 15 mi. then turn left at Turner's Corner and travel several miles to Hwy 60 (rock pile) turn right and drive toward the top of the mountain. Turn right at the sign for Dockery Lake and drive down the gravel road to the trail parking lot.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly Sunny and mild with temperatures ranging from 67 to 75 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: FLOWERS IN BLOOM: White Snakeroot, Golden Aster, Tall Goldenrod, Wand Goldenrod, Flowering Spurge, Spiked Lobelia, Tall Lobelia, Indian Tobacco, Beggar's Lice, Black-eyed Susan, Bear Paw Sunflower, White Yarrow and Yellow Star Grass.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Flicker, Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Chickadee, Crow, Towhee.

INSECTS: Yellow Jackets! 20+ stings! Ouch!

Scroll down for photos and video from today!

The trailhead for the Dockery Lake Trail.
Beautiful Dockery Lake!
Junction with the Appalachian Trail access trail.
Ty and Jessie decide to take a swim.
Headed toward the Appalachian Trail!
Rocks and boulders are abundant on this trail.
There are several mountain views through the trees.
Several creeks along the way.
Another great day for a walk in the woods.
We return back to the lake and Ty and Jessie cool off.
Next, we do the lake loop trail.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Donna Presley, Carole Wintle, "Ty", "Jessie", Vic Robson, Geri Whitaker and David Whitaker. (l-r back) Bill Hunt, Karen Brown, Jeanne O'Connor, Dan Ross, Greta Driggers, Jack Jacobi, John Bellamy, Pam Euliss, Phil Brownrigg, Jim Driggers, Don Preece and Tony Presley.

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Dockery Lake Trail 8-30-11

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