Author Flannery O'Connor returned to Milledgeville to live at her family's farm, Andalusia, from 1951 until her death from lupus in 1964. An estate of more than 500 acres, Andalusia is composed of gently rolling hills divided into a farm complex, hayfields, pasture, man-made and natural ponds, and forests. Leashed pets are welcome to discover the estate and walk a mile-long nature trail that loops through the woods along the Tobler Creek.
Explore Bartram Forest
In 1794, the Bartram Forest was inhabited by Native Americans. Today, educational hiking trails allow visitors to see centuries of abundant wildlife, natural wetlands, and an erosion ravine with soil that is a remnant of the ancient shallow seas that covered Georgia 50 to 100 million years ago. Three looping trails cover this natural wonder.
Meander through Memory Hill Cemetery
Originally designated as one of the four public squares of 20 acres each in the Milledgeville town plan of 1803, it later came to be known as Cemetery Square. Many people associated with Milledgeville and Georgia history, such as L.Q.C. Lamar, Congressman Carl Vinson and Flannery O'Connor, as well as early Georgia governors, legislators, college presidents, slaves, and soldiers, are buried here in Memory Hill Cemetery.
Play at Oconee River Greenway
Nestled along the quiet Oconee River, the Greenway is home to miles of walking trails and a two-sided dog park. Pups get to roam around and play with each other in this puppy paradise! Back on the leash, stroll the boardwalk and trails, and even dip your paws in the river.
Stroll through Lockerly Arboretum
Founded in 1965, the Lockerly Arboretum includes approximately 50 acres that feature shrubs, trees, herb beds, rhododendrons, a confier collection, and bulb and perennial beds. Visitors with their pups on leashes can walk the acres of gardens, walking trails and view the pond.
Splash around Lake Sinclair
Encompassing 15,300 acres for fishing, skiing, swimming, boating and dipping your toes in off the dock, Lake Sinclair offers endless afternoon's of family fun. Rent a paddle board, jet ski or pontoon boat for a day on the water. If one day isn't enough, campgrounds and home rentals allow guests to watch the sunset glisten on the water. As well as area hotels are available a few miles down the road.
Bonus: Little River Park & Campground on Lake Sinclair is pet-friendly.
Adopt a New Member to Your Furry Family
Why not add one more pup (or kitten) to your family while on vacation? Adopt, volunteer or support the local rescue organization, Animal Rescue Foundation, in Milly during your stay!
Enjoy Italian-inspired fare made with the freshest ingredients and served with love since 1993 at Amici Milledgeville. In the summer, experience Amici pizza on their sidewalk cafe, where the pups are encouraged to beg for the crusts.
With outdoor sidewalk seating year-round, owners and their pets can enjoy tacos and margaritas while watching the hustle and bustle of Milledgeville go by at Bollywood Tacos.
Pickle Barrel Cafe
The PBC (Pickle Barrel Café) is the place where "Good Food and Great Times" come together. Pups are welcome on the outside deck while patrons enjoy karaoke, trivia and live music.
Located in downtown Milledgeville, SweeTreats has to-die-for baked goods, ice-cream and frozen yogurt. They even have benches and tables outside for pups to sit and lick ice-cream off mom’s hands.
Bonus: Pup-friendly yogurt ice cream can be blended with peanut butter and topped with a doggie bone!
The Antebellum Inn features wrap-around porches with rocking chairs and sitting areas offering a perfect spot to relax at the end of a busy day. Pups are allowed to stay in the Pool Cottage, located on the property adjacent to the Main House. Ideal for an extended stay or family-travel, The Pool Cottage can sleep four guests and offers a full kitchen and living room with a pull-out sleeper. A queen-size bed in the bedroom overlooks the beautiful salt water pool.
Bonus: Walking distance to historic downtown Milledgeville and the dog park at the Oconee River Greenway
Pup Guidelines: 25-pound weight limit, no fee
At Heritage Inn, pets are treated to the same outstanding service as human guests. No matter your reason for traveling, you can rest assured that your furry friends will enjoy a relaxing, comfortable stay in this pet-friendly accommodation. Heritage Inn offers newly renovated rooms and is located on Highway 441, in walking distance to Milledgeville Mall, Carmike Cinemas, and many other vibrant restaurants and businesses.
Pup Guidelines: $10 per pet, per night fee. Limited to three pets.
Days Inn by Wynham
Conveniently located off Highway 441 and just four miles from Lake Sinclair, Days Inn by Wyndham offers a free Daybreak Breakfast to fuel the family before you head out to explore Milledgeville. It’s a short drive to the heart of "Milly," the historic district.
Pup Guidelines: 40-pound weight limit. $10 per night fee. Limit 1 pet. Pet Sanitation Fee is $50 if applicable.