River and Rocks
Dawson Forest



Inclement Weather IconNOTICE: The following gates have been closed on the City of Atlanta Tract due to extreme wet conditions: Ford Road, Field Road, Powerline Road, Beaver Dam Road. Gate 70 past the horse camp is closed which limits access to all of the other gates on the City Tract.

Dawson Forest WMA

River and Rocks
Dawson Forest

The Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area is located in Dawson County. This 25,500-acre property offers hunting for deer, bear, turkey, small game, dove, and waterfowl.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. The forest also offers hunting, fishing and trail access opportunities for handicap users of the property year-round.

Horseback riding and bike trails are closed all day during firearms deer hunts and before 10:00 a.m. during archery and turkey seasons. Trail permits are required for horse and bicycle use. Trail permits are required on City of Atlanta tract. Permits must be completed in person to be valid.

Accommodations & Facilities

  • Trails
  • Lake
  • Picnic Sites
  • Primitive Campsites


Nearby Properties

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Phone Numbers

Region Office 770-535-5700

Fees & Passes

Land Access

  • Hunting License
  • Fishing License, or
  • Lands Pass

Purchase License