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Awesome Dawson: 4 parks to visit in Dawson County
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War Hill Park features beautiful, private and wooded campsites. - photo by Erica Jones

Dawson County has several great parks scattered throughout, all of which have great amenities for all ages. Here are some of the highlights about each of the public parks in the county. 

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Rock Creek Sports Complex 

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Rock Creek Sports Complex is located off of Highway 9 in Dawson County. - photo by Erica Jones

Located off of Highway 9, the Rock Creek Sports Complex includes dozens of activities for anyone to enjoy. 

The complex features soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, a walking trail, weight room, gymnasium, covered pavilions and a community room. 

Rock Creek also houses several amenities that were installed by the Rotary Club of Dawson County, including Rotary Island Splash Pad. The splash pad is free for public use and open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

The park includes indoor and outdoor pickleball courts and an indoor basketball facility which features two separate courts with six goals each. There are also batting cages, a playground and a hitting wall where people can either practice by themselves or challenge a friend.


Main Street Park

Located just behind Dawsonville City Hall and the Dawsonville Food Lion, Main Street Park offers a wide range of fun outdoor activities to visitors of all ages. 

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Main Street Park is located just behind City Hall and Food Lion in Dawsonville. - photo by Erica Jones

The park opened in April of 2020, and since then the City of Dawsonville has continued to add new amenities and activities. The park includes ample parking for visitors, as well as bike racks and sidewalks. 

The children’s playground offers a range of fun activities for children, as well as seating for the adults. A unique feature of the park is its wheelchair-accessible swing, which allows wheelchair-bound people a chance to participate in the fun. 

In addition to the playground, Main Street Park includes over 1.1 miles of paved trails for runners and walkers, benches and 14 fitness stations located along the trail. Pollinator gardens and blue bird houses allow visitors a chance to connect with nature, and three covered pavilions, charcoal grills and coal boxes allow ample space for families to picnic. 

Some of the newer additions to the park include a skate park, nine-hole disc golf course, cornhole boards, a dog park and an electric vehicle charging station in partnership with Indigo Energy. 

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park has been a large part of Dawson County for years. Originally Dawson County Park, it was renamed Veterans Memorial Park in 2007. 

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Veterans Memorial Park has been a large part of Dawson County for years. - photo by Erica Jones

The park includes a football field, walking trail, baseball/softball fields, multipurpose field, tennis courts, a gymnasium, tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court and outdoor covered pavilions.  

Veterans Memorial Park is also home to Dawson County’s public pool. The pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and includes lounge chairs, tables, chairs, umbrellas, restrooms and showers and a covered picnic area that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry to the pool is just $3 for a daily pass, or season passes can be purchased online or at the main office at Rock Creek Park. 

The park also houses the Pauline Stevens Ivey Senior Center and the Margie Weaver Senior Center, which provide a number of activities and services to local senior citizens. 

War Hill Park

Located adjacent to Lake Lanier, War Hill Park offers visitors a chance to enjoy time in the sun and out on the water. 

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War Hill Park is located adjacent to Lake Lanier in Dawson County. - photo by Erica Jones

The park features a small beach, 14 primitive campsites and a bath house with restrooms and showers, day-use areas and four boat ramps. The day-use areas and boat ramps are open all year round, and the campsites are open from March 1 through Oct. 31. 

Annual passes are available for boat ramp and day-use areas and can be purchased online or at the main office at Rock Creek Park. Campsite reservations are available online only at www.dawsoncounty.org/parksrec

Fishing is also allowed at War Hill Park. The part of the lake where anyone can cast their lines and fish for a day is located on the other side of the park. 

War Hill Park also houses a “Little Lending Library”, installed by Dawson County Wee Books. The little library is located in the center of the park and is available for anyone in the community to borrow books from. 

This article was originally published as part of the Awesome Dawson 2022 magazine, a publication by the Dawson County News.  Read the full magazine here.