Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area Trails

MODERATE 14 reviews

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.9 miles
1056 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding


21 days ago

This is NOT a hiking trail, it is maintained for horses and bicycles. You may hike there at NO cost. The trail fee is for the horse and bicycle users only. Beyond that, you may hike any place on the management area, you are not restricted to the trails. READ the INSTRUCTIONS at the trail head to save yourself some grief as well as $7.00 If you have any questions or concerns call the Georgia Forestry Commission in Dawsonville or the Georgia DNR in Gainesville at 770-535-5700 and request one of the Wildlife Technicians on Dawson Forest contact you.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

5 months ago

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.

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10 months ago

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday, January 08, 2016

Monday, August 03, 2015

We couldn't find the waterfalls but enjoyed the hike. Only ones on the path

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday, March 09, 2014