Woof! Bring your pup on a tail-wagging adventure.
From the coast to the Atlanta-area with lakes, mountains, forests and more in between, hikers and their four-legged friends are challenged to explore specific trails at seven Georgia State Parks. We'd love to see your photos! Tag #GaStateParks and #TailsOnTrails.
Get a Card, Earn a T-Shirt & Dog Bandana
To join the Tails on Trails Club, stop by one of seven participating park offices and purchase a $15 membership card, or buy a card online. Hike all seven parks with your dog and get your card punched by rangers. Finish them all and you'll earn a bragging-rights t-shirt for yourself and a bandana for your dog.
You don't need a dog to be able to complete the challenge on your own. No time limit applies, so hikers can take as long as they wish to visit all seven parks. Dogs must be kept on a maximum 6' leash when in the park. Please clean up after your pet. Refer to Traveling with Pets for more information. Dog-friendly cottages are also available.
Fort Mountain, Chatsworth
Lake Trail (1.1 mile loop)
Explore a shaded forest and a serene creek valley along the 1.1 mile stretch of Fort Mountain’s Lake Trail. The trail is short and mostly flat, making for a great running loop for owners and their dog. There is a lush green tunnel that blooms in late spring. This trail is easily accessible from the day-use area, campground, and lower cottages for guests.
F.D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain
Mountain Creek Trail (3.2 mile loop)
Dogs will enjoy roaming on the gentle, rolling mountains of F.D. Roosevelt, Georgia’s largest state park. The Mountain Creek Trail is one of the most scenic and passes through several plant habitats such as the pines and hardwood forests. F.D. Roosevelt State Park is home to more than 42 miles of trails, including the Pine Mountain Trail System, one of the best east of the Mississippi.
Don Carter, Gainesville
Woodland Loop & Lakeview Loop Trails (1.5 miles)
The hike on the Lakeview Loop Trail showcases Don Carter State Park’s prime location on the 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, and is a paved for stroller and wheelchair accessibility. Dog owners who are seeking shade can venture into the forest to hike the Woodland Loop Trail.
Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs
Red Trail (2 mile out-and-back) or White Trail (5 mile loop)
Sweetwater Creek features two trails for Tails on Trails club members, and both lead to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. The Red Trail, 2 miles, is the most frequently used trail and leads directly to the mill ruins. For a longer hike through the park’s wildlife and plant communities, hike along Sweetwater Creek’s rocky banks on the 5 mile White Trail.
High Falls, Jackson
Falls Trail (1.5 mile loop)
Dogs can frolic along the Towliga River accompanied by the anticipating sound of the upcoming falls. The 1.5 mile Falls Trail is a moderately challenging trek through hilly forests that offers a rewarding waterfall view.
Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill
Redbird Creek Trail (3.1 mile loop)
Stroll on the 3.1 mile Redbird Creek Trail under the cover of Spanish Moss and discover scenic views of salt marshes, coastal wetlands and nature viewing opportunities at Fort McAllister State Park.
Tails on Trails hikers may complete the Magnolia Trail in lieu of the Red Bird Creek Trail.
Red Top Mountain, Acworth
White Tail Trail (1 mile loop)
The White Tail Trail of Red Top Mountain State Park is a moderate hike that meanders through a tranquil hardwood forest to a beautiful rocky overlook of Lake Allatoona.
When you have completed all 7 parks, send your card to:
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
2600 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Your card will be returned along with your new t-shirt & dog bandana.