Dauset Trails Nature Center | Jackson, Georgia
Jackson GA 30233
Back in the early 1980s, Hampton Daughtry and David Settle started Dauset Trails, a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife that could not be released back into nature. Today, the 1,200-acre Dauset Trails has a lake, 17 miles of wooded hiking and biking trails, 10 miles of separate horse trails, gardens and lots of animals in the wild as well as a barnyard full of farm animals.
“Kids LOVE this place!” says David P. on yelp.com. “I have been going for over 15 years and if you are in the area, you simply MUST go! You won’t regret it.”
Walk along the .5-mile Animal Trail and you will see birds and mammals, including coyote, river otter, black bear, bison, osprey, bobcat and red fox. In the Wonder Room, you will find alligators, turtles, snakes and more. The barnyard exhibit at Dauset Trails’ 19th-century working farm has goats, pigs, cows, a mule, donkey and chickens. There is also a blacksmith shop, cane syrup mill, corn crib, chicken coop and a smoke house. Woodland Garden Trail meanders through native azaleas, perennials, a bog garden, goldfish pond; and the Children’s Garden grows plants that inspire the senses of smell and touch.
About the bike trails, one reviewer on singletracks.com says, “Great trail ride. The scenery was beautiful and the trails were awesome. Slight technical with flowing sections to ride at good speeds. Hard to believe you're in middle GA with trails like this. I saw about 10 deer running along side me through the woods. I did get turned around a couple of times but ended up finding my way through. Will be riding this trail a lot more.”