Boating on Lake Oconee. Photo credit: Harbor Club on Lake Oconee
Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

Boating on Lake Oconee

Popular Places for Pups in Georgia's Lake Country

There is no longer a need to leave your furry friends at home while you travel. Georgia's Lake Country has lots of attractions, restaurants and accommodations that welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes. So, bring along the whole family and explore everything that Lakes Oconee and Sinclair have to offer.

A Doggie Day in Milledgeville

Milledgeville dog at Oconee River Greenway. Photo credit: Milledgeville CVB
Oconee River Greenway in Milledgeville. Photo credit: Milledgeville CVB

Nestled along the Oconee River in Milledgeville, the Greenway is the perfect place to let the kids run off some energy. Home to miles of trails, paths and boardwalks, the park is the perfect place to walk, jog or bike with a furry companion. The park also features a two-sided dog park for puppy parents who want to take a break.

If everyone behaved, treat them to ice cream or frozen yogurt at SweeTreats in downtown Milledgeville. SweeTreats has to-die-for baked goods, customizable ice cream and yogurt flavors, and pup-friendly yogurt ice cream blended with peanut butter and topped with a doggie bone! Benches and tables outside ensure a seat for everyone. Bone Appetit!

Furry Friends in Eatonton

Photo credit: Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
Photo credit: Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch

Surround yourself with the beauty of Eatonton at the Briar Patch Trail Park and Butterfly Habitat. This 0.25-mile walking trail will take your family through a magical native plant garden that is specifically designed to attract butterflies. The park is pet-friendly (must be on a leash) and even has special doggie cleanup bags, so don’t fret if you forget yours at home. Take a rest on “Papa’s Porch” in a relaxing rocking chair or climb up the observation tower to get a bird’s eye view of the action below.

Feeling hungry? Take a short drive to Lake Oconee and enjoy the lake views from the patio of Georgia Butts BBQ, which is also dog-friendly; this way you can keep your furry best friend by your side all day.

The Lodge on Lake Oconee invites pet owners to stay on their 1st and 2nd floors for a small fee. Take advantage of their lakeside location and enjoy all the area’s activities like golf, fishing, boating and shopping.

Man's best friend in Madison

Beach at Hard Labor Creek State Park
Beach at Hard Labor Creek State Park

Discover Hard Labor Creek State Park, which offers an endless list of activities for furry family members to enjoy! Take in the beautiful scenery while kayaking, fishing or playing a round of golf!

When you are through exploring the park, venture into downtown Madison to enjoy authentic Italian food at Ricardo’s Kouzzina. Let Fido tag along for the day and grab a seat at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables. Start with an order of oven baked feta, wrapped in foil with tomatoes olive oil and herbs, and served with pita bread. Then try the butternut squash ravioli! Yummm.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay when the day is done, try the Quality Inn of Madison, where you and your furry friend can enjoy free continental breakfast and coffee, free wireless high-speed Internet access, free local calls, free weekday newspaper and a seasonal outdoor pool.

A Pup's Paradise in Greensboro

Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro, Georgia
Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro, Georgia

Oconee Brewing Company is a 3,600-square-foot craft beer production center housed in a renovated cotton mill warehouse in Greensboro. O.B.C. guarantees good beer and good times with the whole family, including your fur babies. The family-friendly brewery features board games and corn hole to keep everyone entertained.

For a special treat, travel to the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds for a lakeside dining experience at Gaby’s by the Lake. Whether you arrive by boat or by car, the staff is ready to welcome you to enjoy the casual menu, signature chilled cocktails and the stunning view.

The beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds also provides luxury dog-friendly lodging on Lake Oconee. Relax with your pup after a long day of fun playing in the lake and soaking up the sun on the resort’s sandy beach.

Published: May 2018
Written by: Kaitlyn Parham
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