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Dog River Park and Trails

Contact: Tracie Ivey - Recreation Superintendent

6100 Ga Hwy 5 - adjacent to the Dog River Library
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
Phone: 770.920.7129

COVID-19 Update:

Dear Douglas County Citizens:

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience, but due to the COVID-19 health crisis, all Douglas County Parks and Recreation facilities, indoor and outdoor, continue to be closed until further notice. As re-evaluations/reassessments are made, we will update our website to keep the public informed. Thank you for your understanding during these trying and unprecedented times. Our park staff looks forward to seeing you all again soon. For any inquiries beyond this notice please feel free to contact Tracie Ivey at I will answer all emails as quickly as I can. Thank you.

The Dog River Park is located in the southern part of the County off Georgia Highways 166 and 5. Douglas County recently acquired approximately 900 acres of land to protect the quality of its drinking water source (the Dog River), and to provide active and passive recreation for residents.

A two-mile stretch of the Dog River will be protected by low-impact use. This land, the future site of the Dog River Park, is very pristine and plays host to many large sculpted rocks. These rocks create scenic whitewater rapids and are very popular with local kayakers. The Dog River, a feeder into the Chattahoochee River, flows throughout the property. The natural beauty of this land will make an excellent passive recreational area.

Dog River Trailhead
A trailhead for the first trail segment of the park to be developed was opened in May of 2017. Amenities are all handicap-accessible and include a large pavilion, waterless restroom, picnic tables, benches, and a charcoal fire pit. The pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless the shelter has been reserved. Please contact the Deer Lick Guest Services office at (770) 920-7129 to make reservations.

There are future plans for more trails with trailheads, parking and public access to the river, plus some active recreational areas. With the acquisition of this land, Douglas County hopes to become more observant and more in tune with the nature around us. If we can preserve native wildlife and plants in our parks, we can maintain the essential bond between people and nature.