Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dawsonville

Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

5872 Hwy 53 West
Dawsonville, GA 30534

706-265-3707 | 770-535-5700
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Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area 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.

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. 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

    Admission & Fees

    Licenses required depending on use: hunting license, fishing license, WMA license http://georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes#Recreational_Licenses_and_Passes

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    400

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages