Dockery Lake has two hikes starting from the same trailhead.
The first is a great half mile loop around the lake. It is an easy hike with almost no hills. The trail walks beside the lake the entire time and is a great hike for kids. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing is permitted with a proper license.
The second is hike is longer and more challenging. Following the same trailhead as the lake trail, you will come across a sign to let you know the start of this 6.8 mile hike (there and back). There are a lot of ups and downs, with some being moderate to strenuous. Along the way there is a small creek crossing, and an excellent (winter) view of uppers Waters Creek watershed surrounded by the wild forest. The trail ends at a section of the Appalachian Trail, Miller Gap.
From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town). When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19. Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign. Take a left onto HWY 60 / 19. Follow until 60 and 19 split. You will notice a large pile of rocks in the intersection of the road. This is a Cherokee Indian princess’s burial called Trahlyta’s Grave. Follow HWY 60 until you see the signs for Dockery Lake on the right. Follow the dirt road past the campgrounds to the parking area where the trailhead starts. There is a restroom at the parking area.