8th Annual Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Jingle Market happening on December 4th!

Celebrate Christmas in Downtown Dawsonville on a new night... Friday, December 4, 2020 with a Night Parade, Tree Lighting, Jingle Market and free festivities!

Discover a birders paradise in Dawsonville.

Bird Watching

Birding is a popular pastime for visitors and locals alike.

Dawson County's diverse topography, changing in elevation from river lowlands to mountain highlands, creates a rich ecosystem that attracts a wide variety of bird species. The Dawson Forest WMA is a birder’s paradise, enticing annual migrations of:

  • Geese
  • Mallards
  • Wood ducks

Plus you may see other colorful species such as:

  • Neotropical warblers
  • Tanagers
  • Orioles
  • Grosbeaks

Near the Etowah River is an area of maturing second-growth forest, home to a number of breeding warblers and other neotropical migrants, including:

  • Blue-winged warblers
  • Waterfowl
  • Shorebirds

Get a Dawson Forest WMA permit (parking pass required)

Bird Walk Questions

Wild Birds Unlimited are local birding experts, call 706-429-0077 for more information or visit their store.

Choosing Your Path

Trust your Instincts

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Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail

Hiking & Backcountry Trails

Dawsonville is internationally acclaimed as a hiking destination with the eight-mile approach trail to Springer Mountain, located in Dawson County.

On the Water

Kayaking & Canoeing

From smooth sailing to white-knuckle adventure, Dawson County’s three major rivers – the Etowah, the Amicalola, and the Chestatee – offer a range of canoe,...