Georgia Trails: Hike the 0.5-Mile Lakeshore Trail Loop in Lumpkin County

Hike a half mile on the easy Lakeshore Trail in Lumpkin County, Georgia, to see Dockery Lake and mountain views.

By Tim Homan

From the trailhead, the path quickly winds through the small picnic area down to an A-frame picnic shelter, where it becomes a loop circling the 6-acre lake. At 2,388 feet, Dockery is a mountain lake, cold and clear enough for trout habitat.

Along the way, numerous short side paths lead to small, concrete-reinforced platforms at the water’s edge. These platforms were built primarily as fishing sites, but they also serve as lakeside vantage points for walkers. Halfway around the lake, the trail crosses over the dam and its outlet stream, an unnamed tributary of Waters Creek.

Dockery Lake is an excellent and easily accessible site for the entire family to enjoy picnicking, camping, walking, and mountain scenery. Lakeshore – easy, short, and partially graveled – is one of the best national forest trails for children.


Throughout: Dockery Lake.


From Stonepile Gap, where US 19 splits from GA 60 north of Dahlonega, continue on GA 60 North. Slightly more than 3.6 miles beyond the gap, turn right onto unpaved FS 654 across the highway from the large Dockery Lake sign. Proceed straight ahead on FS 654 for approximately 1.0 mile, then turn left where the road forks and follow the sign for picnicking, fishing, and hiking to the picnic area parking lot.

Lakeshore Trail starts next to the information board.

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Tim Homan

This hiking guide to the Lakeshore Trail is adapted from The Hiking Trails of North Georgia by Tim Homan and is published in cooperation with the publisher, Peachtree Publishers. With his meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, Homan has long been recognized as the authority on North Georgia hiking trail by serious hikers. His other books include Hiking Trails of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wilderness, Hiking the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness and others. For a complete inventory of his books see his Amazon Author Page. For an inventory of Peachtree Publishers books including its Nature books for children, go to the Peachtree Publishers website.

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