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“A good mix of technical and fast flowing sections beneath a hardwood forest”
— Lost Justpastnowhere
Dauset Nature Center is a private preserve with the best trail system in middle Georgia. This route follows the recommended advanced route which covers most of the singletracks in the preserve. It's a great mix of rocky and rooty technical sections with short but fast flowing downhills. Hop onto the adjacent out-and-back Indian Springs Trail
for an additional 6 miles of singletrack along Chief McIntosh Lake into Indian Springs State Park.
Need to Know
All of the major intersections are well marked with numbers and large arrows show the recommended routes. This advanced route is signed with black arrows. In a few places, there are two black arrows with "1" or "2" on them pointing in different directions. In this case, follow the direction for the arrow with the number "1" the first time you pass and the arrow with the number "2" the second time around. (Makes sense, but not necessarily obvious the first time). Of course the best way to follow this route is to download the GPX from MTBProject.
The recommended intermediate route (blue arrows) follows markers 1 through 20 in order. It covers everything but Huff 'n Puff
and is about 11.5 miles in length.
A beginner route (green arrows) is also signed following markers 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 11 -> 12 -> 18 -> 19 -> 20. It's about 3 miles total.
If there has been a recent downpour some sections may get muddy and slow but for the most part it drains well. Stick to the trail markers in order if you want to complete the whole system but it can be easily broken up due to a gravel road that runs in the middle of the park.
History & Background
The Dauset Nature Center was created by Hampton Daughtry in 1977 with the idea to set aside a preserve for the enjoyment of nature and hiking. In addition to the hiking and biking trails, the preserve features various gardens and exhibits of both farm and wild animals. (The wild have all been previously rescued from injuries but are not fit for rerelease into the wild.)