Dauset Trails is a privately owned 1200 acre preserve in central Georgia near Jackson. With 17 miles of hiking and biking trails, and an additional 10 miles designated for horseback riding, trails are certainly an appropriate theme for this park. But there is much more.

Dauset Trails is also an animal sanctuary for non-releasable wild animals. There are dozens of animals like the ones listed on their webpage: coyote, river otter, beaver, bald eagle, opossum, screech owl, black bear, osprey, red-tailed hawk, gray fox, turkey, bison, white-tailed deer, barred owl, red fox, barn owl, bobcat, raccoon, cougar, and great horned owl.

Most of the animals are in enclosures, but you can get close enough to most to see them like you never have. There are also some free-range animals such as goats, sheep, and pigs in a farm setting. They're very friendly and safe for kids to pet.

There is no admission or parking fee, but donations are accepted. When you make a small contribution ($2-$5), they will give you some trinkets like stickers, badges, and stick pins, things the kids like.

Dauset Trails is an awesome place, and it's kind of refreshing that it's privately owned, but free. Even State Parks have parking fees. 

Adventure Journal
Entry Date:
September 2010
Following a tip from my nephew while camping at Indian Springs State Park, we visited Dauset Trails Nature Center. It turned out to be one of the best places we've ever been. There are miles of bike and hiking trails, but the nature center is what we loved. It is filled with dozens of interesting rescued animals that you can get very close to. We ran into our neighbors from the campground. Our kids really had a great time playing with their kids which made the place even more enjoyable. I can't say enough about Dauset Trails. It is privately owned and there is no admission fee. It is extremely well maintained, and the staff are incredibly nice. They gave Rebecca a respectable collection of Georgia wildlife posters she had been looking for, and the kids were gifted badges, stickers, and pins. 

The Richardson Tribe

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Special Events
Click here for Dauset Trail's Event Calendar

Features Rating (1-10) Description
Official website 7 Dauset's webpage is pretty informative but is lacking in pictures.


Indian Springs State Park is very near. As with all Georgia State Parks, it has a nice campground and lots of history.
Activities & Events 9 Mountain biking, hiking, petting zoo, wild animal exhibits, nature center/museum, group camping, etc. Occasional events like outdoor movies and interpretive programs.


Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
Local Attractions


Indian Springs State Park, McIntosh Inn (historical), High Falls State Park.
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