Five Tail-Wagging Adventures in Georgia’s State Parks
Leash up your four-legged best friend to explore Georgia’s State Parks this summer. Kickstart the adventure on a hiking trail, camp under the stars, and even join a dog-walking quest. No matter what type of adventure you seek with your pet, summer in Georgia’s State Parks guarantees a wagging good time.
- Tails on Trails Club – Dogs need exercise too, so leash up Fido and lace up your hiking boots. When you join this dog-walking quest, you’ll receive a t-shirt for yourself and matching bandana for your pet. Finish 12 of the suggested 42 hikes and you’ll get bragging rights and a certificate of completion. For club information, visit GaStateParks.org/TailsOnTrails.
- Hiking & Sniffing Trails – Whether you’re walking a Greyhound or a Basset Hound, you’ll find the perfect outing together. Almost all Georgia State Parks welcome leashed pets on hiking trails. Many even schedule ranger-led hikes where you can make new canine friends. Popular parks include Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta, Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier, Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona or Crooked River State Park in St. Marys. Find a trail near you on GaStateParks.org/DogWalking.
- Canine Camping – On the hunt for pet-friendly campsites? More than 40 Georgia State Parks have campgrounds that welcome dogs of all sorts and sizes. To make it even better, there is no extra fee. A few scenic choices include Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton, Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Newnan or Magnolia Springs State Park near Millen. For a list of pet-friendly campsites, visit GaStateParks.org/Camping.
- Dog-Friendly Cabins – Your pet is family, so bring Bailey along when you rent a designated dog-friendly cottage. These fully furnished cabins let you stay in the heart of the state parks, with hiking, boating, fishing and more right outside your door. Reservations are required and there is a pet fee (two dog maximum). Good choices include Mistletoe State Park near Augusta or Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth. Learn more at GaStateParks.org/Cottages and GaStateParks.org/ParkRules.
- Dog Splash & Luau – Can’t handle the heat? On Saturday, September 7, your pooch can cool off at the Dog Splash & Luau at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain. On the last day of the swimming season, Fido is free to take a dip in the pool -- leash free -- while you enjoy music and activities provided by the Columbus-area PetSmart. To enjoy the festivities, owners must bring proof of current rabies vaccination. For event information, visit GaStateParks.org/FDRoosevelt.
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About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.