Wilbur’s Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dauset Trails?

Dauset Trails is a private, non-profit nature center based on environmental education that is open for all to enjoy. In addition, we provide environmental programs (by reservation only) for groups. Programs include Mammals/Birds of Prey, Reptiles and many more.

How much does it cost to see Dauset Trails?

There is no fee for admission or parking. We do accept donations at the Visitor’s Center.

Whats Dauset Trails have to offer?

There are nearly 2000 acres of scenic woods, fields, creeks, and lakes. You can see native, live animals on exhibit (non-releasable) and in the wild, picnic, hike and bike 30 miles of trails, horseback ride a 5 mile trail loop separate from the hiking and biking trails, picnic, tent camping for organized groups, enjoy native wildflower landscapes in the Woodland Garden and Children’s Garden, picnic…

Can we bring our dog to walk around?

It depends on which area you visit. You may walk your dog on a leash only on our hike and bike trail system. Pets are not allowed inside the fenced-in area that contains the Animal Trail wildlife exhibits, farm animals, Pavilion 1, Woodland Garden Trail, Tree ID Trail, etc.

What kinds of animals are at Dauset Trails?

Live animals including native mammals, birds of prey and reptiles of Georgia. See big pond-type fish and waterfowl. Also, see common farm animals at our barnyard exhibit.

How did you get these animals?

All of our animals are non-releasable and have either been injured or orphaned and were transferred from the GA DNR, Yellow River Game Ranch, Cochran Mill Nature Center, and the Audubon Society.

Are you open today?

Perhaps. We are currently open Tuesday - Sunday from 9-5 p.m. No entry after 4 pm.

We are closed the following days: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Who runs Dauset Trails?

A private foundation, The Daughtry Foundation, supplies the resources to maintain the center and 12 employees.

What does the word “Dauset” mean?

Dauset was created from the last names of two people who started the Nature Center in 1977: Hampton Daughtry + David Settle = Dauset.

How do I get to Dauset Trails?

Dauset Trails is just minutes from I-75 South at Exit 205 or 198.

Do you have a gift shop?

We have a small section in the main office offering caps, shirts, buttons, magnets, camping supplies, custom made hiking sticks, bluebird houses, and King of Pops. We are a little old fashioned here and can only take cash or check for souvenirs.

Do you offer camping?

We do have camping areas, but only for organized groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Outdoor Clubs, church groups etc., by reservation only. Call (770)775-6798 to make a reservation and check availability.

Nearby Indian Springs State Park does offer other camping options. Visit www.gastateparks.org/IndianSprings for more information.

Do you have cabins for camping?

No. However, we do have camping platforms we call “Turkey Roosts.” For these, you only need a sleeping bag. You can bring your tent and other gear to use our tent pads, fire rings, and lantern poles.

Nearby Indian Springs State Park and the Village at Indian Springs offer cottage options. Visit www.gastateparks.org/IndianSprings or www.thevillageatindiansprings.com for more information.

How long does it take to see everything?

Allow yourself about 2 hours to see all of our main exhibits including the Animal Trail, Wonder Room, Farm Animals, Woodland Garden Trail, Children’s Garden, and Tree ID Trail. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the playground. If you want to explore our hiking trails, we recommend parking at the Trail Head located 300 yards west of the main entrance outside of the perimeter fence.

How do I reserve a pavilion or the big room inside the Visitor’s Center (Atrium)?

Reservations can only be made by phone. Call our office at (770) 775-6798 and we will check our reservation calendar to see if there is an opening for you. The calendar fills quickly, so have a couple of alternate days in mind.

Can we get married at Dauset Trails?

Yes. We offer a wedding package that includes the use of the Chapel and Pavilion 2 or the Atrium for a reception. You provide a pastor, caterer, decorations, etc. See Rental page for details.

Can we go swimming? Or fishing?

No and No. Swimming and fishing are only allowed for camping groups and only at the camping area.

Do you allow bike riding on all trails?

Not all of the trails. The trails inside the fenced-in area (Animal Trail, Woodland Garden, Tree ID) and the Horse Trails are for hiking only.

Do you have horseback riding?

Yes. These scenic trails are located at 300 Mt. Vernon Church Rd. east of our main entrance gate. There will be a 5.75 clockwise or counterclockwise mile loop. BYOH. Bring Your Own Horse. As stated above, this trail may be hiked or jogged as well.

Do you sell food inside the park or should we plan for a picnic lunch?

We do not sell food for people. However, we have a drink machine on the deck of the Visitors Center and seasonal King of Pops and Hardy's roasted peanuts inside the main office. Please bring a meal and enjoy a picnic on our tables.

Can we bring our own food to feed the animals, fish, ducks etc.?

No. Food brought in to Dauset Trails is not allowed to be fed to our animals. We have food machines provided at several locations to feed fish and other animals.

Can we have a birthday party here?

Yes, parties can be held at Dauset Trails. However, we do not offer birthday programs. You can use the picnic tables or reserve a pavilion.

Do you have an 800 number?

No. We do have a cool number though and it is (770) 775-6798.