Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

NE Georgia Mountains

Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

5872 Hwy 53 West
Dawsonville, GA 30534

706-265-3707 | 770-535-5700


Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area (Dawson Forest WMA) is comprised of more than 25,000 acres of diverse terrain, ranging from foothills and mountain valleys to high country ridges and river gorges. Two rivers and several major streams meander through the WMA, adding another scenic element to a trail system rich with flora, fauna and unique topography.

There are five sections (tracts) of the WMA, including Wildcat Creek, Goethe, Burnt Mountain, Amicalola, and City of Atlanta. The DNR Wildlife Resources Division owns 15,000 acres of the forest, with the City of Atlanta owning the lower 10,000 acres. The vast majority of the area lies within Dawson County, with a small section of the Burnt mountain tract being in Pickens County.

Access includes several miles of improved road, marked improved trails, unnamed backcountry trails and old single-track roadbeds available for public use. Hikers, bikers and equestrian visitors use the system along with hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts with minimal conflict. Equestrian riders and bikers are, however, restricted to the improved trail system on the City of Atlanta tract. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources regulates trail use and access through specific policies allowing for restricted horse or mountain bike travel during hunting season to ensure public safety. The forest also offers hunting, fishing and trail access opportunities for handicap users of the property year-round.

  • Info & Amenities
  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

    Monday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

    Tuesday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

    Wednesday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

    Thursday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

    Friday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

    Saturday: 5:00AM - 10:00PM


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

  • More Resources
  • Public Use Regulations Map of Tract Map Trail Restrictions

Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area Photos