Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area Trails is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dawsonville, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
This should be considered "HORSES ONLY" unless you plan to throw your shoes away at the end. The horse crap on the trails is ridiculous. Not well cared for, and definitely not worth $7.
WARNING: The RED trail goes through an area that is currently being harvested. There are no trail markers or blazes indicating the trail path through this area. Best to download the track from here and use it to make your way through.
I give this trail a 3 star rating because of the above issue and the fact that about 1/4 of the trail is on forest roads.
Be sure to check out the pump house and old bridge footings that are remains of the old Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory.
The Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area has an extensive horse, bike, and hiking trail network consisting of a waterfall along the Etowah river, an abundant of wildlife, and a well marked trail system.
While the area itself is a fantastically thought out and efforted stretch of land, maintenance and cleanliness are a real issue here. On the day of my hike, I saw many, many Bud Light cans on and along the trail. There was also a strong sense of a manufactured experience here.
I have to mention the horses. They're everywhere, but all of the riders I met were very pleasant and friendly. It's the horse shit that you should keep your eyes on. It's also everywhere.
Besides the shit, the gun range on the edge of the area was a pretty constant downer. All. Day.
We did see a crane, a deer, and a pretty gnarly black snake. It was pretty and an all right experience, but I won't be coming back here.
Best 10-12 miles trail for MTB (orange+green). Wide trails , well signaled but shared with horse riders.No horse riders early in the morning
We couldn't find the waterfalls but enjoyed the hike. Only ones on the path