Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, Georgia
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Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, Georgia

7 Georgia State Parks to Explore with Your Pup

Woof! Head out on a tail-wagging adventure on these dog-friendly hikes around the state.

Georgia's Tails on Trails Club challenges hikers and their four-legged companions to explore Georgia State Parks. Members get a t-shirt and a bandana, and they can earn a certificate when they hike at 12 state parks. A digital checklist helps hikers track their adventures. There is no time limit to complete the quest, so pups can sniff out new adventures along the way!

Here are seven state parks pups are sure to love.

Don Carter State Park, near Gainesville

Don Carter State Park, near Gainesville

Travel the paved Lakeview Loop at Don Carter State Park for views of sparkling Lake Lanier, then add on the shaded Woodland Loop for a total of 1.5 miles. Rent a dog-friendly cabin to spend more time enjoying Georgia’s newest state park.

F. D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain

F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain

The 3.2-mile Mountain Creek Nature Trail at F.D. Roosevelt State Park is one of the prettiest hikes in Georgia’s largest state park. Be sure to stop by Dowdell’s Knob to get a snapshot of your dog posing with FDR. (Did you know FDR owned a Scottish terrier named Fala? He was quite a hit at the White House.)

Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill, Georgia

Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Mix low-country scenery with Civil War history when you visit Fort McAllister State Park south of Savannah. Stroll the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail to discover views of salt marsh, coastal wetlands and Spanish moss.

Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth, Georgia

Fort Mountain State Park, near Chatsworth

An easy 1-mile loop follows the edge of Fort Mountain State Park’s pretty green lake. While this short jaunt is all that’s required for the Tails on Trails Club, energetic explorers may want to add on the 8.8-mile Gahuti Trail, highlighting spectacular mountain scenery.

High Falls State Park in Jackson, Georgia

High Falls State Park, Jackson

The 1.5-mile Falls Trail at High Falls State Park travels through hilly forests to a rewarding waterfall view. Dogs can frolic along the Towliga River accompanied by the sound of the upcoming High Falls.

Red Top Mountain State Park near Acworth, Georgia

Red Top Mountain State Park, near Acworth

Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Allatoona on the easy 1-mile White Tail Trail at Red Top Mountain State Park. Lucky hikers might spot whitetail deer and other wildlife along the way. Stay overnight in a campsite or cabin for more time to enjoy this popular state park.

Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, Georgia

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Creek State Park, just west of Atlanta, lets you choose between two paths: either the 2-mile Red Trail or 5-mile White Trail. Both lead to Civil War-era mill ruins set on the banks of this wide, shoal-filled stream. Check for occasional ranger-led dog hikes.

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Published: August 2019
Written by: Kim Hatcher