Paulding Forest - City of Atlanta Tract

A cooperative project of: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia Forestry Commission, and Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division

Paulding Forest City of Atlanta Property Map
Forest Manager, Georgia Forestry Commission
4500 Hwy. 53 East
Dawsonville GA 30534
Wildlife Management Contact
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
2592 Floyd Springs Rd. NE
Armuchee, GA 30105

The Paulding Forest City of Atlanta Tract is a 10,000 acre forest owned by the City of Atlanta and managed by the Georgia Forestry Commission. This Forest is managed to produce timber products, wildlife habitat, and to protect it from natural and human-caused damage.

The Paulding Forest is not one large tract of land separated from other private land holdings. It is actually composed of several tracts within close proximity of each other with each tract surrounded by privately owned land. Other private tracts are located within and surrounded by the larger Paulding Forest Tracts. This arrangement of private and Paulding Forest lands across the landscape of Paulding County must be given special consideration when performing forest management practices, such as prescribed burning and timber harvests.

Forest Management

Forest management activities on the Paulding Forest include total timber harvests, selection harvests, tree planting, natural reforestation methods and prescribed burning. These activities are scheduled to simultaneously produce renewable wood products, increase the quality of habitat for several species of wildlife, and increase forest health and growth.


Through a Cooperative Agreement between the Georgia Forestry Commission and Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources the Paulding Forest Atlanta Tract is designated as a portion of the Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division maintains wildlife food plantings and regulates all fishing and hunting on the Paulding Forest WMA. A wildlife check-in station and bulletin board has been established on the Forest by the Wildlife Resources Division. It is located 4 miles west of Dallas on the north side of Highway 278. For more information concerning the Paulding Forest WMA contact the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.


Several types of outdoor recreation are allowed on the Forest. They include hiking, bird-watching, primitive camping, outdoor photography, canoeing, fishing, and hunting.

There are no restroom or garbage collection facilities. Users should practice good conservation in all outdoor activities. Anything packed in should be packed out, trash included.

Fishing and hunting is regulated by the Georgia DNR as explained in the wildlife section.

Canoeing opportunities are on Goldmine Lake and the Twin Lakes. Portage is required from the end of the maintained roads.

Primitive camping is allowed anywhere on the Forest. However, vehicle access is limited to open roads. Camping is restricted to seven consecutive days or less.

Horseback riding, ATV (all-terrain vehicle) use, and motorized dirt-bike use are not allowed on the Forest.


Additional Information

Funding for care and management of the Forest is provided by the owner, the City of Atlanta. All incomes received from the Forest are returned to the City.