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Georgia - Dawson Forest Waterfall

Hey y'all! I'm Lauren and one of the GWH GA ambassadors. I'll be leading this hike through Dawson Forest, one of my favorite, majestic, hidden forests.

Ticket Required: Eventbrite (1 ticket per hiker)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwhga-dawson-forest-waterfall-official-event-tickets-44737124945
Password: GWHGAdawsonwaterfall

The first 10 members to arrive will receive special Girls Who Hike giveaways!

We will be departing from the Wildcat Creek Campground of Dawson Forest at 10am! Please arrive before 10am as this is a longer hike of 8 miles out and back and I want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to explore this place to the fullest. I recommend using Google Maps and typing "Wildcat Creek Campground, Dawsonville, Georgia" in your phone. Please note there are other Wildcat Creeks in Georgia, so make sure you are going to Dawsonville. Carpooling is encouraged because parking can be limited. Also, this along a forest service road that has potholes so please be aware and drive slow. SUV's encouraged as well.

We will follow along the green-blazed WildCat Creek Tract following Amicalola Creek and WildCat Creek for 3 miles before arriving at our first destination, Fourth Falls on Fall Creek. Before Fourth Falls, there is a deeper creek crossing that will require you to get wet! There are ropes attached where you can scramble on rocks and hold on and get minimally wet, otherwise you can ford the creek in about knee deep water. Also, about calf-deep water to ford the creek heading into Fourth Falls for a good view of the falls and sandbar. From there, we will return to the main trail and take Tobacco Pouch Trail from Wildcat Trek trek another mile where we will get forest views up above Third Falls on Fall Creek and head towards what is known as Second Falls on Fall Creek, the biggest gem. Again, you will have to get wet in calf-deep water to get the rewarding views of the falls. From this falls we will head back the 4 mile trail back to the parking lot. 

Overall, I would like to keep pacing around 2 miles per hour so everyone can enjoy both waterfalls and the scenery. The total elevation gain was around 761 feet according to my Gaia GPS app when I tracked the route. 

Bring plenty of water and some snacks, as this hike will take about 5 hours to complete if 2 mph pace is maintained. Also, I have had no problem with my hiking shoes causing blisters when wet, but I would recommend bringing 1 pair of dry, heavy socks as well as sandals to slip into for water crossings if you are worried about blistering.

I am capping this event at only 15 people, so the first 17 people to sign up on EventBrite when I am able to get it made will be able to go. Please, if you sign up and can not make the event, contact me prior to the hike so another woman wanting to go may take your spot. The trail is not widely used by the public, so if we have the luck I have always had, we will have the area mostly to ourselves.

This is a dog-friendly trail, but be mindful that as the months are getting warmer, more snakes are out and about. No children or men please, this will be a women-only hiking event.

A NOTE REGARDING PACING: This is a more moderate hike, in order to finish at an appropriate time, I ask that you please only attend if you can comfortably maintain a 2mph pace and are ok with getting wet.

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I can't wait to see y'all out on the trails!