Hiking in Dahlonega, Georgia. Photo by @mymuttbeau

Hiking in Dahlonega, Georgia. Photo by @mymuttbeau

15 Dog-Friendly Outdoor Spots in Georgia

Recent COVID-19 precautions may have put a damper on gatherings and events, but one group has emerged on top: our dogs. While humans struggle to maintain distancing protocols and work at home, dogs have been living their best lives right by our sides. Now that we're beginning to embark on safe, road trip-style travel, it would be a shame to leave our best friends at home.

From Dahlonega to Albany, Columbus to Augusta, every corner of Georgia has a little something to offer you and your dog. Check out the spots below, and find even more trip ideas on Explore Georgia's pet-friendly travel page

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch in Eatonton, Georgia

Briar Patch Trail in Eatonton

You and your pooch can stay right on the shoreline of Lake Sinclair in Eatonton at Lawrence Shoals Campground, where you'll have easy access to fishing, boating, and nature trails. For a colorful burst of nature, leash up and head to the Briar Patch Trail Park and Butterfly Habitat.

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Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan, Georgia. Photo by @olivergoesoutside

Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan

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Nestled into a bend of the Chattahoochee River in Newnan, the wooded trails and river at Chattahoochee Bend State Park are a paradise for dogs. All campsites are dog-friendly, and bathhouses with hot showers are a short walk from campsites.

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Crooked River State Park in St. Marys, Georgia. Photo by @grapes33

Crooked River State Park in St. Marys

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Salt marshes teeming with trees decked out in Spanish moss set the stage for a scenic waterfront adventure in St. Marys. Boat-loving pups can explore Crooked River State Park by boat alongside you, and the park offers four dog-friendly cabins.

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Cabin at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia

F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain

The largest state park in Georgia, F.D. Roosevelt State Park is also one of the dog-friendliest. With more than 40 miles of hiking trails, there is plenty for you and your pup to explore in Pine Mountain. Camping and some cottages are open to dogs.

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Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill, Georgia

Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill

Whether you love Civil War history or nature trails, Fort McAllister State Park has something for you and your pooch to enjoy in Richmond Hill. Leashed dogs are welcome on the historic fort grounds, and the Magnolia Trail is part of Georgia State Park's Tails on Trails Club for dogs. Club members get a t-shirt and a matching bandanna for their dog, and if you hike 12 of the 42 participating state parks, you get a certificate of completion.

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Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia. Photo by @carlosphotography

Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth

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For a breathtaking mountain getaway, Fort Mountain State Park is the perfect excursion for you and your dog. Featuring hikes with scenic mountain views and through Native American sites, this park in Chatsworth offers dog-friendly camping and cabins.

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High Falls State Park in Jackson, Georgia. Photo by @ranger.diego

High Falls State Park in Jackson

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One of the best fishing spots in the state is also the site of spectacular waterfalls: High Falls State Park. With trails traversing riverbanks, forestland, and historic ruins, this pet-friendly park in Jackson is a feast for the senses. Just make sure you reserve a dog-friendly campsite in advance.

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Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, Georgia

Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross

Located just 10 miles from the Okefenokee Swamp in Waycross, Laura S. Walker State Park is the perfect place to take your pup to play in the dog park and stroll along the lake and nature trails. You'll find plenty of fishing, boating, and exploring, and the park boasts at least one dog-friendly cabin.

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Oconee River Greenway. Photo by @rockospawdernlife

Oconee River Greenway in Milledgeville

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Smack dab in the middle of Georgia's Lake Country, you and your pup can't help but find some nature to indulge in around Milledgeville. The Oconee River Greenway offers miles of boardwalks, trails, and yes, a popular dog park.

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Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, Georgia. Photo by @chillinwithchase

Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin

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The miniature Grand Canyon at Providence Canyon State Park is breathtaking, providing stunning hikes and day trips. Dog-friendly cabins are available at nearby Florence Marina State Park, or you can ruff it with your pup and reserve a campsite here. 

Tip: Bring a towel to clean up your pup after hiking here. They'll probably get pretty muddy.

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Pet-friendly cabin at Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth, Georgia

Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth

From stunning hikes to secluded beaches, Red Top Mountain State Park is a treat for you and your four-legged friends. Best known for its prime location on Lake Allatoona, this park in Acworth is also popular with hikers for its 15 miles of trails winding through the forest. Reserve a dog-friendly cottage or campsite in advance.

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Vickery Creek in Roswell, Georgia. Photo by @shiloh_wonderdog


Vickery Creek in Roswell, Georgia. Photo by @shiloh_wonderdog

Find your home away from home at one of Roswell's pet-friendly hotels, and then set out to explore this town that loves dogs! Go hiking along the Chattahoochee River, take your dog shopping with you in Roswell's many boutiques and art galleries, and indulge in delicious meals on dog-friendly patios at restaurants throughout the city.

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pet-friendly St. Simons Island, Georgia

St. Simons Island

A canine mecca, St. Simons Island is teeming with beaches, parks, trails, pet-friendly accommodations, and dog-centric shopping. Add outdoor dining in dog-friendly restaurants to the mix, and enjoy the best dogtastic time Georgia has to offer.

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Camping at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls

With more than 63 acres and 3.6 miles of shoreline, Tallulah Gorge State Park is a must-see scenic spot. It's also one of the most celebrated hiking spots in the state. Dogs are welcome in campsites and rim trails, but not on trails inside the gorge.

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Downtown Thomasville, Georgia


Charming, historic Thomasville, with its brick-paved streets, is the perfect place to escape. Next to the Thomasville Rose Garden, you'll find Cherokee Lake Park with a walking path and picnic spots.

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No matter how much fun your vacation, leaving four-legged family members at home often feels like something is missing. Aside from the companionship they provide, a doggy sidekick also keeps us healthier and more active. Exploring Georgia's great outdoors with a furry best friend by your side is the perfect way to vacation.

Published: August 2020
Written by: Janine Macallister