Fort Gordon Outdoor Recreation

Fort Gordon training areas are available for outdoor recreation activities, such as bicycle riding, running, bird-watching, hiking, and more. A $5.00 annual Fort Gordon Outdoor Recreation permit is available to any individual who can legally access the installation, and this permit must be obtained before individuals can participate in any outdoor recreation in the training areas or ride on the bicycle road routes outside of cantonment. Please review the Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation Regulations for more information and rules for outdoor recreation on Fort Gordon.

Bicycle Riding

There are plenty of opportunites for bicycle riding on our installation. Fort Gordon has two main bicycle road courses available for cyclists, one measuring ~23 miles and the other measuring ~15 miles. Both of these courses are outside of cantonment and travel around some of the training areas. The routes are scenic with less vehicle traffic than cantonment roads. Individuals who want to leave the pavement can ride down our many dirt roads and firebreaks through our wooded training areas, but don't forget to make sure the training areas are open and check in before entering the area!

Please review the Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation Regulations, Chapter 7 for more information and rules for bicycle riding on Fort Gordon.

Hiking

Fort Gordon has approximately 45,000 acres of natural area available for hiking and other outdoor recreation. Our training areas have many firebreaks and unpaved roads for hikers to walk. You can wander through the longleaf pine ecosystem, meander along streams and around ponds, keep an eye out for native wildlife, and breathe some fresh air. Fort Gordon also offers the Sandy Run Nature Trail on Rowe Lane. This 1/2 mile trail starts at a two-level observation tower over-looking a beaver pond. The trail continues along the edge of the pond where hikers can see wood ducks, beavers, wading birds, and much more. Please make sure that you check the status of the training areas and check in to iSportsman before hiking on Fort Gordon. Please review the Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation Regulations, Chapter 8 for more information and rules for recreation in the training areas.

Bird-watching

Any individuals interested in bird-watching on Fort Gordon can do so in any open training areas. We have many lakes and ponds where bird-watchers can see waterfowl, grebes, cormarants, kingfishers, wading birds, and the occasional Bald Eagle or Osprey. In the longleaf pine-wiregrass areas, individuals may have the chance to see the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as many songbirds, Northern Bobwhites, Wild Turkeys, American Kestrels, and much more! Please make sure that you check the status of the training areas and check in to iSportsman before bird-watching on Fort Gordon. Please review the Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation Regulations, Chapter 8 for more information and rules for recreation in the training areas.

Running and Walking

Any runners, walkers, or individuals walking their pets can use the firebreaks and unpaved roads in any open training areas. A walk with your dog around the controlled lakes or run through the woods is a nice change of pace from walking through the neighborhood or running around the track. All you need is an iSportsman account, a Fort Gordon outdoor recreation permit ($5.00), and a good pair of shoes! Please make sure that you check the status of the training areas and check in to iSportsman before running or walking in the training areas. If individuals wish to run or walk on paved cantonement roads, they are not required to obtain a permit or check in. Please review the Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation Regulations, Chapter 8 for more information and rules for recreation in the training areas.