Dockery Lake

Lumpkin County, Georgia

Elevation Gain2,070ft
Trailhead Elevation2,385ft
Elevation Min/Max2023/3043ft
Elevation Start/End2385/2385ft

Dockery Lake

Dockery Lake is a hiking trail in Lumpkin County, Georgia. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 2,385 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,070 feet. The trail ends near the Dockery Lake (elevation 2,365 feet) reservoir. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail and Lakeshore.

Dockery Lake Professional Reviews and Guides

"Situated high on a small tributary to Waters Creek, Dockery Lake is a 3-acre pond that offers good fishing for rainbow trout. The lake, campground, and other facilities are popular with people searching for a peaceful and relaxing place. In the shadow of the Appalachian Trail within the bounds of the Chattahoochee National Forest and Chestatee Wildlife Management Area, Dockery Lake is a peaceful oasis.

Dockery Lake is noted for its attractive shoreline campground offering above-average privacy and spacious sites. The lake receives periodic stockings of catchable-sized rainbow trout throughout the trout season. Warm-water species including bass and bream are also found in the lake, but trout are the favorite with anglers. Several small piers have been constructed to help give anglers unrestricted access to the lake. In addition, an angler’s trail completely circles the lake never straying more than a few feet from the water’s edge. Bear, deer, and wild turkeys can all be seen on the area at times. In fact, visitors should take extra precautions with their food and supplies to discourage any marauding by bruins with a hungry stomach. Key species: rainbow trout."

"Fed by a cold, clear tributary of Waters Creek, Dockery Lake lies deep within the Chattahoochee National Forest and is known for its rainbow trout. From the water’s shore, the Dockery Lake Trail climbs through rich forest, crosses remote streams, and offers lofty views of forested valleys. The trail surpasses 3000 feet of elevation to end at Miller Gap where it meets the Appalachian Trail."

Dockery Lake Reviews

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Got to this site at about 5:00 pm. Had forgotten the poles to my tent, so I went back to Dahlonega, leaving my wife, son and dogs at the campsite. Fortunately, the Wal-Mart is close enough to make a trip back not too painful. Once back at camp, with the tent up, the magic began. The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere gorgeous. We didn't have any fishing gear, but almost everyone else did. Other than fishing, a small trail around the lake, and a trail going to the AT, there isn't much to do if you didn't bring it. We knew that going in, though, so we weren't disappointed. It was a great 2 night stay, with very pleasant weather. This was just the relaxing weekend I was looking for! If you want a site with lots of activities, go somewhere else. If you want to chill out and relax in the woods, this is the site for you.
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Remote camping (8 sites) next to Dockery Lake. Heavily forested campground and around lake. The small lake (3 acres) is stocked with trout ... which our 8 year old caught one. The trail is easy and is good for families -- an especially good diversion if everyone doesn't fish. Or you can take the trail to find a better fishing spot. There is also a small picnic area right above the lake. I plan to go back with just my son and his friends to camp and fish(there a no showers for Mom).

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Trail Information

Lumpkin County
Nearby City
Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Additional Use
U.S. Forest Service, Blue Ridge District
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Neels Gap, Appalachian Trail Conference Appalachian Trail map
Local Maps