We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
425 Quill Dr.,
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 429-0077
Fax: (706) 429-0078
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We are located on GA400 South of the Outlets next to the Outside World.
Dawson County is fortunate to have access to the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and especially the Atlanta Tract which is located at the western end of Dawson Forest Road. This is one of our favorite birding hot spots as it is just a mere 5.5 miles from the Outlet Mall on Dawson Forest Road. This tract of land is listed by Atlanta Audubon as an Important Bird Area (IBA). It includes a variety of habitats including wetlands, grassy fields, pine and mixed forests.
What you might see: Dawson Forest is a very good spot to look for songbird migrants in spring and fall, and in early summer you can easily encounter as many as 13 breeding species of wood-warblers! Birds you may encounter during migration include not only a variety of warblers, but 4 species of vireos, thrushes, buntings and grosbeaks. Good places to bird include the wetlands on either side of the road just past the gate. Scan the tops of the power line poles for resident Kestrels. A pair frequents the area. If you continue into the area turn right into the parking lot. This area is frequented by horseback riders and it is a great open pine forest habitat. If you park and then walk the trail past the bathroom, you will arrive at a freshwater pond and observation deck. Look for waterfowl including woodducks, mallards, blue-winged teal and canada geese. Great-blue Herons used to nest at the far back of the pond. We almost always see or hear a Red-shoulderd Hawk at this location.
As you leave the parking lot, turn right. When you pass through the various habitats, you can safely birdwatch from the road until it ends at the Etowah River.
Be aware that hunters also frequent this Wildlife Area and knowing what is in hunting season will help you make decisions as to where and when you can access the trails.
For more information go the Wings Over Georgia website:
Rock Creek park is a Dawson County Sports Park with numerous soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts. Surrounding the park is a variety of habitats including wetlands and scrubby mixed forests. A paved jogging trail circumvents the park making it a great way to bird the edges of the park. This paved trail also meanders through an area restored by Dawson County Women's Club. They removed many invasive species of plants and replaced them with wildlife friendly species. Park benches were added so you can sit and observe birds coming and going in the area. Dawsonville Wild Birds Unlimited donated feeders and birdbaths to help enchance the birdlife in this area. This area is an approved Atlanta Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Birdlife can be varied including migrating warblers in the Spring and a variety of sparrows in the Winter. In January and February American Woodcocks display along the edges of the marsh in the far back of the park. Look for them at dusk.
Directions: From GA 400, follow Dawson Forest Road (turn right if you are coming south on 400; turn left if you are coming north on 400) -- Follow Dawson Forest Road until it intersects with Hwy 9 North -- Turn right and follow Hwy 9 for about 1.5 miles -- Turn left onto either Bannister Road or Martin Road. You can also bird the corn and farm fields which borders the roads into the park.