Fall 2018 Mountain Traveler

Inspired views

Explore Preacher's Rock for sweeping vistas of Lumpkin County

It’s called Preacher’s Rock. But you don’t have to have a theological degree to enjoy it.

For that you just need a good pair of hiking shoes, a solid walking stick and an appreciation for what is perhaps one of the best views in all of Lumpkin County.

Yes, the sweeping vista from the outcrop of Cedar Mountain was once known as an inspirational backdrop for local Sunday services. Now it has the added reputation as one of Dahlonega’s most photo-ready destinations. And it has the hashtags to prove it, according to Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce Communication Director Courtney Randolph.

“It is definitely one of the most posted overlooks in our area of Lumpkin,” she said.

While the Instagrammers are wise to the out-of-the-way overlook, the trail is still a relatively well-kept to secret to the masses.

Fellow chamber representative David Zunker said he knows that stretch well.

“I love it,” he said. “And I know all the reasons it's popular. Proximity, ease of access, great payoff in terms of views and it’s just a great place for a picnic.”

The path to this precipice begins unassumingly in the parking lot of Woody Gap off state Route 60 near the Lumpkin-Union County line. Follow the white blazes for about a mile from the right parking lot (if you arrived from Dahlonega) and up the Appalachian Trail.

Then prepare yourself for a jaw-dropping view, courtesy of Lumpkin County’s most inspiring pulpit.

 

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