Dauset Trails, near Jackson, GA, is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of Middle Georgia. The privately owned & operated nature preserve on 1,200 acres offers 17 miles of hiking & biking trails; 10 miles of horseback riding; picnic grounds & gardens; and live animal exhibits, including wild animals native to Georgia as well as popular barnyard animals.
Dauset Trails was established in 1977 by longtime friends Hampton Daughtry and David Settle, both of whom desired to create a place where people from Middle Georgia and elsewhere could truly experience nature. (The name “Dauset” comes from the first three letters of each man’s last name). From the beginnings of a large tract of land donated by Mr. Daughtry, along with land donated by the Settle family, Georgia-Pacific, and friends & neighbors, Dauset Trails has grown into a facility which delights visitors year-round with a diversity of activities, overnight camping options, and idyllic sites for weddings and family celebrations.
The center is about 45 minutes northwest of Macon, near Indian Springs State Park. Admission and parking are free, but donations are welcome. The center’s website provides trail maps, descriptions of the animals found at the preserve, activities for kids, and information about camping, picnicking, wedding packages, and upcoming events.