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Dockery Lake Recreation Area is a campground located in the Chattahoochee National Forest of North Georgia, 12 miles north of Dahlonega. It offers camping, picnicking, fishing, day hiking, and wildlife watching, with amenities such as standard grills, picnic tables, and lantern posts. Visitors can also hike nearby trails and explore Waters Creek Day Use Area. The area is a beautiful setting in the mountains, with vibrant foliage in the fall.


Dockery Lake Recreation Area is a U.S. Forest Service Campground located approximately 2 hours North of Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Dockery Lake is nestled deep within the mountains 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA. Dockery Lake Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking and fishing for all ages. Dockery Lake Campground is small and located right along the banks of Dockery Lake. The campground is situated under a dense forest of deciduous and evergreen trees which brings plenty of shade in the summer time. 11 campsites are neatly arranged within close proximity to the Lake and the Day Use area (no fee). The climate here is fairly mild and generally offers all four seasons, so it is a wonderful place to relax and experience each of these throughout the year. North Georgia is a playground for wildlife watchers. An abundance of Deer, Turkey, Bear and, small furbearers can be seen as well as bird watching. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, come to Dockery Lake Recreation Area. 


Day Hiking:

Lakeshore Trail - 0.5 mile easy loop around lake.

Dockery Lake Trail( LEADS FROM DAY USE AREA) - 3.5 miles leads to the Appalachian Trail in Miller Gap. 

Other trails within a 30 minute drive:

The Appalachian Trail cross Hwy 60 at Woody Gap, 

The Benton MacKaye Trail crosses Hwy. 60 in two places, approximately 12 miles north.

Dockery Lake - Carry Down Electric Motors Only


There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. 1 flush facility in the campground and 1 vault toilet in the day use area. Standard Amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc) Flush facilty and drinking water is only available from 4/1 through 10/31.

Natural Features

Dockery Lake campground and day-use area is constructed next to a small pond. The area, operated by the U.S. Forest Service of the Blue Ridge Ranger Disctict in the Chattahoochee National Forest, is nestled among the Cedar Ridge range of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated on a small tributary to Waters Creek, Dockery Lake is a 6-acre (24,000 m2) man-made lake stocked with trout. During the Month of October, North Georgia’s trees put on a vibrant show. Summer's dark greens change to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows which makes the camping atmosphere amazing. Thousands make the yearly trek into the mountains near Dockery Lake for a front row seat.  

Nearby Attractions

Waters Creek Day Use:

Head south on Dockery Lk Rd toward GA-60 S

282 ft

Turn left onto GA-60 S

3.6 mi

At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto US-19 N

4.8 mi

Turn left onto Dicks Crk Rd

2.8 mi

Waters Creek Day Use Area

Dicks Crk Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528

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