Dockery Lake Trail to the Appalachian Trail at Miller Gap, GA

September 10, 2013

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 7.5 miles.

HIKERS: Wayne Barrios, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Stephen Gales, Annette Heymann, Mark Heymann, Dave Hinson, Dell Keheley, Dick Metzgar, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Marvin Tabor, Geri Whitaker.

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 - moderately strenuous, with considerable elevation change leading up to the A.T. Total hike distance 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 68 to 77 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: White Wood Aster, White Heath Aster, Bushy Aster, Green-headed Coneflower, Woodland Phlox, New England Aster, Heart-leafed Aster, Black-eyed Susan, Woodland Sunflower, Maryland Golden Aster, Wreath Goldenrod, Silverrod, Lance-leafed Coreopsis, Lion's Foot, White Snakeroot, Featherbells, Heal-all, Flowering Spurge, Hog Peanut, Beggar's-lice, Yellow Star-grass, Mountain Mint, Spotted Jewelweed, Joe Pye Weed, Cardinal Lobelia, Southern Harebell, Evening Primrose, Boneset, Cow Bane and Pinesap.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Junco, Black-Throated Green Warbler,Pileated Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, and Chestnut-sided Warbler.

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Sign on Hwy 60 for our hike today.
Trailhead at Dockery Lake.
The Dockery Lake Dam.
Beautiful early morning view of Dockery Lake!
Trail sign at the dam.
Crossing a creek on the Dockery Lake Trail headed for the A.T..
Nice group of White Asters!
Mountain views !
Another great day for a hike!
Taking a short break on a very hilly hike!
Intersection with the Appalachian Trail at Miller Gap.
Lunchtime on the Appalachian Trail!
Blue Lobelia
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Wayne Barrios, Vic Robson, Geri Whitaker, Dick Metzgar, Mark Heymann, Annette Heymann, Dave Hinson, Marvin Tabor, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Donna Presley, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Karen Brown, Don Preece, Stephen Gales, Phil Brownrigg, Dell Keheley and Tony Presley.

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Dockery Lake Trail - A.T. 9-10-13

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