Dawson Forest - Trail, Dawsonville, Georgia

Dawson Forest - Trail, Dawsonville, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

There are 3 seperate trails on the property. Two are around 7 miles long and one ( the blue trail- my favorite) is around 13 miles. These trails are well marked, and will provide a good Aerobic workout. Trails are shared by horses, but are are good shape. Does get muddy after rains. $5 daily use fee or $50 annual pass. Please respect the rights of other users, Horses can become spooked, but talking to them as you approach helps..

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 05, 2014]
Charles
Weekend Warrior

Went to check this trail out. Doesn't look like anybody has given a review in about 8years. I live in Cumming so it was a short drive. Looks promising but there were a lot of horse riders out today. It was on a Saturday and I plan on riding it this Wed. I will post what I see when I get back.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2007]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

I do not recommend this trail unless you are on horseack. I rode it today and it was not a very enjoyable ride. A bulldozer has recently widened the blue trail (12.3 mi). This mixed with some rain and a few hundred horsed made for a real mud bath. It was so thick in spots I was peddling down hill! It could be and proably has been a great trail, just not now. I sure got one hell of a work out though.
BTW if you decide to go the directions are not too clear. 400N, left on 53 into Dawsonville, around the square and stay right on Hwy 9 toward Cumming. o 5.5 miles from here then right on Dawson Forest Rd and the parking area is o the right, look for the horse trailers.

Customer Service

clock wise on the blue line I suppose.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 18, 2006]
kent
Weekend Warrior

This is a great ride and much closer to the metro area than Bull. All trails are in good shape. I ride a couple of times a week here. You can avoid the horses if you go on a week day or early in the morning or late afternoon on weekends. You rarely see horses on the orange trail. Ride the orange or red trails after a rain. The blue trail can get very sticky, especially along the river. The orange trail is actually closer to ten miles and has a great downhill with big waterbar airs, short steep uphill sections, and some excellent single track. Red is mostly single track with some steep climbs and awesome braided trail descents. Blue is a good cruising trail, alternating between forest service roads and single/double track.

Customer Service

All trails are best counter-clockwise. Go orange to blue to red to get about a 20 mile loop.

Similar Products Used:

Bull-Jake system, Chicopee Woods, Central Park (Cumming)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 10, 2006]
thubeav
Weekend Warrior

A friend told me that the fire roads had been posted off limits to bicycle riders. Can someone comment on this. Is this true?

Customer Service

Great riding. Fun to ford the river. A little cold though now that it's February.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 25, 2005]
kegsbu
Weekend Warrior

Rode the orange trail which is mostly fire & dirt/gravel road. In the back there are some fun single trails with creek crossings. Trail map indicated that the orange trail was 6.9 mi. however, trail is actually between 9-11 mi. watch for hunters and horses. The trail is pretty well marked with paint on the trees. The orange and red markers look VERY SIMULAR so the trailhead was not easy to figure out.

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Have heard the red trail is difficult and fun.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 22, 2005]
flyfishtex
Cross Country Rider

This trail is closed until June 17 for repairs. Drove there yesterday and gate was posted.

OVERALL
RATING
0
VALUE
RATING
0
[Apr 12, 2005]
southernboy171
Weekend Warrior

Hey has anyone been there recently? in the past year they have changed the place so much. you cant even do the blue trail anymore and u have to start by going in the way u normally end out of and dawson forest isnt as fun anymore because u cant go through the rivers either does anyone know if this is something that will be changed or is it permanent?

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 16, 2005]
schultz5
Cross Country Rider

In response to the previous post, the buildings are part of the nuclear testing facility that was built on this land in the 50's. The facilty was mothballed in the early 70's after tornado damage spread some radioactive materials in some of the areas. These were cleaned up and fenced off to protect people from latent radiation. The trails are completely safe, but I would strongly suggest heeding the warnings on the fenced areas and stay out. Here's a link to the DNR report: http://www.dnr.state.ga.us/dnr/environ/gaenviron_files/radiation_files/radrpt2002_dfw.pdf

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 06, 2004]
kent
Cross Country Rider

Great trail in dry weather. Parts are OK in wet weather, just avoid the blue trail single track across the river. Red trail is great when ridden counter clockwise. Orange isn't worth riding anymore; way to rutted and rocky, alot of hike-a-bike. Season passes are good from Jan 1 to Dec 31, so buy your pass early for most use. My trail ratings are based on the red trail.

Customer Service

Blue trail clockwise hitting all the singletrack finishing with red counterclockwise for the great downhill

Similar Products Used:

Bull and Jake Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 29, 2003]
fuel3
Cross Country Rider

Great great great trail, wish more people knew about it. If you live in alpharetta, ride this trail as mouch as possible. There is three different trails that you can ride. the orange is not very hard, their is three major up hills and two very intense downhills, it's about 13.5 miles very senic and goes by the Ettowa river.(Watch for horseback rides around 11:00 am because this trail is easier, there are more horses) The next trail is the blue trail and it can be rode about 12 miles or it could be mix in with a newer section the red blue trail. The blue trial is more technical and steeper, but a great trail. The red section is crazy, very fun but if you are not one with hill climbs that never end and roots the size of fallin trees, then do not even think about this section, it's a brutal 7 miles and one could say if not the the hardest, maybe the most technical trail in georgia.

Customer Service

Orange trail for moderate riders. Blue for moderate/expert. Blue/Red EXPERT RED EXPERT/CRAZY

Similar Products Used:

This area was a future site of an airport for north Georgia, but Hartsfield baged that idea and now is a many use area, including hunting, fishing, MTB, and the trail ruiner J/K the mt. horseback ride

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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