Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
This is a 25,000 acre Wildlife Management Area open seasonally. Camping, pre-season scouting, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site. However, horseback riding and bicycling are restricted to the marked trail system only. Horse and bicycle trails and areas may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts. Specific recreation sites can be closed as needed for management purposes by posting at the site. All WMA visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during hunting seasons. Refer to the annual hunting seasons and regulations to determine when specific WMA are open for hunting and what type of hunting is occurring.
The Amicalola River flows through the Amicalola Tract and the Etowah River flows through the City of Atlanta Tract. There are no designated boat launches within the WMA but visitors are welcome to launch canoes or kayaks for enjoyment when water levels are high enough.
Bicycling is restricted to the marked trail system only. Bicycle trails and areas may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts.
The only designated campground is in the Wildcat Creek Tract. All camps must be in designated campgrounds, unless otherwise indicated or posted at the WMA check station. Camping or driving motor vehicles upon wildlife food plantings is prohibited. Camping or establishment of a campsite shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 consecutive days unless the campsite is vacated and all personally owned property or physical features of the campsite are removed for a period of not less than 7 days. A new campsite may not be re-established within 1 mile of the vacated campsite. Loaded firearms are prohibited in camping areas, except for those with a valid weapons carry license. Campers are responsible for their own trash.
No person shall unreasonably disturb or annoy others through abrasive, insulting, or threatening words or actions, or disobey any lawful order of a law enforcement official, or act in a manner resulting in a breach of the peace. No generators, musical instruments, radios, televisions, or other noise-making devices may be used after 10 p.m. or before 7 a.m. EST, in such a manner that they may be heard by other WMA visitors.
Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations. A fishing license only is required to fish on WMAs. A fishing license and a WMA license is required to fish on state Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) and Waters Creek Trophy Trout Stream on Chestatee WMA (see fishing regulations). A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.
There are no designated hiking trails within the WMA but visitors are encouraged to explore the WMA roads and forested area.
Horseback riding is restricted to the marked trail system only. Trails may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts.
Deer, bear, turkey, small game, furbearers, dove and waterfowl. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Picnic tables are located at information points on all tracts.
Camping, pre-season scouting, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site.
From Dawsonville: Take GA Hwy 53 west 6 miles; turn right onto driveway at kiosk; check station is at top of hill.