Summer and Fall is quickly approaching. This is excited because these are some of the best times to take your dogs on an array of different hikes located in and near the Atlanta area. Dog’s love walking and there’s nothing they love more than walking in the wilderness. There’s just so much to see, sniff, and explore. 

Before you head out it’s important to have your dog leashed up to keep the trail enjoyable for others and protect your dog from encounters with other animals or wildlife. It’s also important that you bring water and a light-weight dish for drinking. Georgia has so many wonderful options for adventure-filled walks with your furry friends and in this post we’re sharing our top three favorite spots that both you and your pet will be sure to enjoy!


  1. First up on our list is Morningside Nature Preserve.

This trail is 2 miles and it’s tucked behind the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta. The convenience is that it’s an in-town walk inside a quiet forest. Morningside Nature Preserve also has a dog-friendly beach, nicknames “Dog Beach”. The water here is shallow and safe for dogs of all sizes!

  1. Homestead Trail at Red Top Mountain

This trial is a 3.5 mile loop of continuous view of Lake Allatoona. The trial is a gentle walk and along the way, be sure to look out for a chimney that is the only remains of an old homestead. Perks for dogs include miles of trail along a calm shore. The trail has plenty of shoreline access and offers many chances for dipping into the lake mid-hike.

  1.   Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

This trail is 1.9 miles round-trip of wide dirt paths, a natural spring, and a small waterfall. The trail is located in a cool and shady forest which is perfect for pups. Some human perks of the hike include one of the prettiest waterfalls in town, a Civil War battle site and an Instagram worthy historic stone spring house.