Friday, March 14, 2014

Hiking with Dogs at Dawson Forest Wildcat Creek Trail

A few weeks ago we headed up the road to the North Georgia mountains to meet up with our pals Johann the Dog and Gracie and their mom for another winter hike.

It was a glorious day, sunny and near 60 degrees, perfect for hiking with dogs and good pals!

We met in Dawsonville and then took one car to find the trail, since we knew it might be tricky to find the trailhead.

As it turned out, we never did find the original trail we set out for, but instead wound up at Wildcreek Trail.

Neither of us had been there before, and the beginning of the trail was fairly nondescript, but we decided to give it a try.

And we were glad we did!


There were plenty of surprises in store, including a scenic river that ran beside us for most of the hike.



Early in the hike we came upon the river. We learned from some other hikers passing by that this was where Wildcat Creek merges with the Amicalola River.


Then, we crossed this bridge over the Amicalola River where Rocco picked up an impressive collection of leaves. 



Rocco, Johann and Gracie found plenty of good things to check out along the way. Something must've smelled REALLY good here!


There may be less color on winter hikes, but one of the benefits is the ability to see through the trees to a glorious blue sky.


Rocco and Gracie preferred to check out the running water of Wildcat Creek.


While Johann found a good scent in the air. (Either that, or he's looking at his mum!)


Meantime Rocco tries to see how many leaves he can carry in his fur! Most of them are underneath where you can't see them.


We came across some beautiful rushing waters.


And at one point, the pups stopped for a break by the river.



It was a beautiful day for a hike with pals and we'll have to do it again soon. You can what Johann the Dog had to say about our hike here!


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17 comments:

  1. Wow that looked like a pawsome hike and we can see a fun time was had by all. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Happy Friday, Molly!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  2. Stunning spot! What a great walk you guys had :) looks beautiful and so much fun! Did the dogs go swimming? Looks a bit fresh!

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    1. The stream looked very clean and certainly worthy of a swim. The pups got their feet wet, but no swimming this time.
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  3. We wrote about Cross Training today and that is what hiking is to Rocco, who normally is zipping around for his agility drills. Well done!

    -SlimDoggy

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    1. Thanks pal! We love cross training! Walks and hikes keep things interesting!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  4. What a beautiful place for a hike! I can imagine with all that long fur it gets pretty messy on a hike. Mom calls me her living swiffer as my fur pick up everything and it isn't even long!

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    1. Hiking can be a major commitment because it can take LOTS of time for clean up! That's one of the reasons I typically don't let Rocco go swimming while hiking. Wet fur + leaves + dirt = a hot mess of a dog! hehe!
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  5. What a great walk you lucky dogs! Love Dolly

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    1. They ARE lucky dogs! We're lucky we can do things like this nearly year round too.
      Your pals,
      Diane and Rocco

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  6. I'll never forget it! It was an awesome hike with awesome pals!!! Can we do it again soon, paaaalllleeeeeaaassssseeee!

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  7. Great hike. Mr. N is like that too. He gets everything stuck in his hair. Hiking days tend to coincide with bath days.

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  8. That looks like a great hike! I love winter hikes in the woods because of the visibility. We have seen so much wildlife we might have missed if there had been leaves on the trees--deer, a raccoon, an opossum! Glad you and all the dogs had such a great time!

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  9. What a beautiful place for a hike! :) Looks like all the dogs had a lot fun... though I don't envy your de leafing duties!

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  10. Hi Y'all!

    What a wonderful hike! I won't ask how long it took to get the leaves out of that beautiful flowing coat.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  11. Thanks for sharing your adventure, looks like a lovely time.

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