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Stay In These Cozy Cabins With Your Dog At Georgia State Parks

  • Red Top Mountain State Park Cabin

 
All Georgia State Park campsites and select cabins are dog-friendly, so you’ll find plenty of places to explore with your leashed friend. Your #ExploreGeorgiaPup's tail will be wagging in overdrive when you take him with you to Georgia’s State Parks.
 
He’ll discover acres of new sights and sounds, plus miles of new smells. Dogs that enjoy long walks can join the park system’s Tails on Trails Club for a chance to earn their members-only bandana.
 

BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK (Clayton)

Photo Credit: Georgia State Parks
Photo Credit: Georgia State Parks

Georgia’s highest state park offers exceptional mountain scenery and great leaf-watching during autumn. Dogs are welcome in cottages #5 and #10, both with gas fireplaces and open porches. A wooded campground is open to pets as well. The short lake loop is perfect for older dogs or those with little legs, while the 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Loop is a good choice for more energetic pups.

CROOKED RIVER STATE PARK (St. Marys)

Crooked River State Park
Crooked River State Park

Sniff out fiddler crabs and other marsh creatures when you visit this park in southeast Georgia. Put Max in a canine life vest and rent a boat to explore tidal Crooked River. Four cottages are pet-friendly, all with screened porches and pretty views. The park’s campground welcomes pets and is shaded by trees draped in Spanish moss. Since alligators live in this part of Georgia, pay attention to wildlife signage near ponds.
 

F. D. ROOSEVELT STATE PARK (Pine Mountain)

Photo Credit: Atlanta Trails
Photo Credit: Atlanta Trails

During the summer, don matching leis for you and your dog and head to the park’s annual end-of-summer luau. Pups can swim in the spring-fed pool right before it closes for the season. Georgia’s largest state park has more than 40 miles of trails to explore, and the 3.2-mile Mountain Loop is part of the Tails on Trails Club. Stay overnight in cottages #18 and #19, which are nestled in the woods, or choose from more than 100 campsites.

* Paw-some! This is a Tails on Trails Park.
 
Photo Credit: @modalt via Flickr
Photo Credit: @modalt via Flickr

HIGH FALLS STATE PARK (Jackson)

High Falls State Park
High Falls State Park

This scenic escape is just off I-75 in Butts County, making it easy to reach by travelers. Rangers lead regular dog hikes along the Towaliga River to view cascading waterfalls and shoals. This 1.5-mile hike is part of the Tails on Trails Club, plus there are three more miles of trails to explore. A lake is open to private boats with a 10 horsepower limit. Your pup will enjoy the smell of campfires and cookouts in the park’s dog-friendly campground.
* Paw-some! This is a Tails on Trails Park.
 

LAURA WALKER STATE PARK (Waycross)

Explore the beautiful outdoors with your best friend by your side!
Explore the beautiful outdoors with your best friend by your side!
 
Does your pup enjoy boating? Book a cabin at this park in southeast Georgia where private boats are welcome on the lake. (Horsepower is limited during early morning and evening hours.) "Max" can stretch out on the screened porch of cabin #4 while you enjoy coffee with a lake view. These new cabins are just a short stroll from the park’s wetland boardwalk. The sunny campground is dog-friendly as well.
 
A cozy cabin at Laura Walker State Park
A cozy cabin at Laura Walker State Park

MISTLETOE STATE PARK (Appling)

Mistletoe State Park
Mistletoe State Park

Bring Fido, your floats and fishing rod to this park on Clarks Hill Lake, the largest reservoir in Georgia.  Stay overnight in the new Fisherman’s Cabin, which is both wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the 93-site campground with many lakefront sites. Mistletoe is a popular spot for duck hunters in winter.
 

SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK (Lithia Springs)

Photo Credit: @denverthewolfdog, Instagram
Photo Credit: @denverthewolfdog, Instagram

This park just west of Atlanta hosts regular ranger-led hikes just for dog lovers. Let Ginger explore as you walk along the beautiful creek to Civil War-era mill ruins. You’ll learn about the park’s history while Ginger makes new friends along the way. The park’s new tent-only campground is dog friendly and just steps from a fishing lake. Check www.GaStateParks.org regularly to see when the next hike is planned.
* Paw-some! This is a Tails on Trails Park.
 
 

 

More Information

There is no extra fee for pets in campgrounds, and a $45 fee per dog (maximum two) for pet-friendly cottages. For their own safety and the protection of wildlife, dogs must be leashed at all times while exploring parks. Discover more dog-friendly cabins and campgrounds at www.GaStateParks.orgDownload the full list of dog-friendly cabins here
 
 
 
 
 

Kim Hatcher

Kim Hatcher has handled media relations for Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites since 1993. She grew up in Smyrna, Ga., and earned her journalism degree from the University of Georgia. She and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, paddling and exploring the great outdoors. Kim works with reporters and travel writers, manages the park system’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and serves as a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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