River and Rocks
Dawson Forest



Notice IconNOTICE: Beginning Sept. 15, 2019, a $7 daily camping fee will be required on the City of Atlanta portion of Dawson Forest WMA. Campers should utilize the trail fee envelope and keep the detachable numbered tab as the actual permit. Cash or personal checks (To: “City of Atlanta”) are accepted. Fees are to be deposited into the existing fee tube at the information board located at the horse camp parking area. More information.

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

Camping Information

  • Campers are required to camp in designated camping locations only. The entire horse camp parking area is considered a designated camping location. All designated camping locations are shown on a posted map on the information board. These locations will be highlighted with white painted trees and a 12”x12” brown and white sign showing a tent symbol.
  • The camping fee will not be required the day prior to and during the check-in big game hunt dates occurring October–December. See the Hunting Regulations for dates.
  • Visitors utilizing recreational vehicles, travel trailers, tents, hammocks and passenger vehicles and staying overnight are considered camping and are required to pay the $7 daily fee.

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Phone Numbers

Region Office 770-535-5700

Fees & Passes

Land Access

  • Hunting License
  • Fishing License, or
  • Lands Pass

Purchase License