Dawson Forest

3.17 out of 5
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↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
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About this trail
Dawson Forest is a well known wild life preserve with newly added MTB trails. There are three different trails ranging from 6.7 miles to 12.1 miles. All three have a wide variety of technical challenges including tough climbs and steep downhills, mud, and several creek crossings one of which is a carry across anout knee deep and even higher after a rain. These trails tend to be biker maintained- mostly singletrack which may have unexpected obst. including wildlife. If you\'re in for a challenging ride with Beautiful scenery and wildlife this is great day trip!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (24)


September 30, 2018
CaribMtb Gramcounter  
Review: Almost 1 yr since I rode this. Road Blue, Red, Pink & Orange trails. Mostly double track, with some gravel roads & few short stretches of overgrown single track. Looks like little work being done on these trails & mostly used by horse riders. This has added to the erosion, but it is all rideable. Blue trail has 2 "get-off-your-bike" river crossings. The last one is at thigh level. Water temp was ok after a hot summer, but it will be cold Nov to May. I wouldnt drive too far just to ride this trail, but its 15 mins off GA400 going north towards Bull/Jake mtn, so worth doing as part of a days riding. BUT ensurse you print a map, although there are often free copies at the trailhead. Your only signs are rectangle color spray paint markings on trees


October 15, 2017
CaribMtb Gramcounter  
Review: Backcountry trails shared with horses but well worth riding. Download a map or pickup copy from notice board in car park. Trails are marked with color sprayed on trees. A little confusing but with the map you can work out where you are. Slightly over grown in places but 100% rideable. Blue trail has 2 river crossings; one rideable the other gets to thigh height so better to carry bike. There are some great downhill sweeps with a few climbs & occassional roots. $7 day permit or $75 yearly permit required. Drop box for check or cash at trail head. Rangers around, so pay. I think its worth the $7 as lots of chainsaw work had been done to keep trails open. 20% gravel roads, 80% single track.

Bunny Hop

May 1, 2017
a11smiles Bunny Hop  
Review: good trail, but much of the blue trail is overgrown. would still highly recommend

Granny Gear

April 29, 2017
gokupe Granny Gear  
Review: was there 2 weeks ago, no other bikes, lot of horses (nice riders) poor signs (got lost a couple of times) terrain great for horses , OK for mtb not taken care charge you $ PER PERSON charlston or haw creek are much better


September 20, 2014
duddetts11 Gnarly  
Review: Was here on Saturday,with a good number of horse trailers parked at TH. I didn't venture as far as I'd hoped, but played around for a while on blue/red and blue/orange trails, which were mostly double track fire/hunting roads. Given that it's hunting season, and I was out riding alone, I quickly appreciated that I was in a decent sized wilderness area, and retraced my steps toward TH. $7 permit fee is really steep for trails not dedicated to mnt bike. All equestrian traffic/ camps were super friendly, and appreciative of me yielding ROW. I encountered some good, rutty uphill sections at entrance/break off of blue/red trail. navigable, but not all that fun. Nice vistas on powercut ride towards Beaverdam. I'm torn on this trail, cause I wimped out early. I'd say horse traffic trumps bike traffic here, a bit gritty rooty sandy for MTB, decent amount of double track to traverse, and permit price is really steep... Plus, feels like you are really in middle of nowhere (good and bad if riding solo)... Might come back, but have gotten spoiled with big creek, Charleston Park, Yargo, chicopee, etc. this would be "maybe" to return to, but not worth $7.00 IMHO.

Similar Trail: Bull/Jake


August 19, 2014
Review: Great potential at this place but it is not kept up/maintained for mountain biking. I would recommend checking to see if there's a horse event going to avoid running into a lot of horses. Great deep creek crossing and some great long/steep climbs as well. Can be very muddy in sections after a shower.

Similar Trail: Bull/Jake Mountain


June 3, 2014
Review: I rode the blue trail today and it's fun and I'll ride it again. It's not a technically difficult trail. There are a few hills that give you a good challenge. The river crossing is sketchy at best. If there has been any rain I would avoid it as the river is quite swift. The trail was quite muddy but still very rideable. It's a big loop with good views and it changes things up alot so you don't get bored. Great Time. Not super difficult though.

Similar Trail: Dawson Forest Orange Trail, Charleston Park, Central Park


May 31, 2014
Review: Just like Fit4Life said I have avoided this trail due to all the negative reviews. But after he road it and said it was in great shape I couldn't not go since it is so close. The trails are well maintained, not too much horse disruption and it is a nice ride. I only rode the Orange Loop, plan to get back out to the Blue Loop soon. Will definitely be headed back. Glad they are great repair and open.

Similar Trail: Charleston Park


May 30, 2014
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
Review: I have been very hesitant to come out and ride these trails due to all the negative comments I have heard since moving to the area. Now that I have finally ridden here I will definitely be back for more. I rode the orange trail and had a positive experience. The trail was fast and flowing with a lot of short hills so I was always going up and down but no substantial climbs like you would get at Bull/Jake. If you're looking to put in some good mileage then this is the place to go. I didn't think the trail was all that difficult other than dodging all of the horse doodoo, this makes it somewhat of a challenge if you can find the humor in that. My biggest negative thought/comment would be the $7 parking fee, yuck.


October 12, 2013
Review: I didn't see how to simply update to state it is closed until Tuesday. Disappointing. I didn't get a chance to check it out. I will definitely return. Straight shot from Dawsonville Outlets, and the area looks nice. No cell reception there.

Dawson Forest MTB Trail 3.17 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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