Whether you and your furry friend are looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, we’ve got you covered with our 15 favorite places to walk your dog in Atlanta.
From stunning waterfalls to serene lakes, historic battlefields to former railway corridors, these trails offer a pawesome way to explore the great outdoors with your four-legged friend. So, pack a water bottle, some treats, and don’t forget the leash – and let’s get started! Also, be sure to enter our Doggone Giveaway below for the chance to win Ledlenser gear and Portland Pet Food Company goodies!
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1. Piedmont Park
Looking for a place to unwind with your furry friend? Then, Piedmont Park is the place. With over 180 acres of green space, walking trails, and a dog park, your pup will have plenty of room to run and play. Plus, the park hosts several dog-friendly events throughout the year! Dogs can go off leash in one of the two dog runs at Piedmont Park, or catch Frisbees in the meadow at the south side of the park. Starting at Piedmont Park, meander around the lake and playground to the trail that treks south past Fourth Ward Park, Freedom Park, and meets up with the Freedom Path before ending at Edgewood Avenue NE and Randolph Street NE. It’s a busy walk with lots of art, shops, and places to relax with Rover along the way.
Location: 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
2. Atlanta BeltLine
The Atlanta BeltLine is a funky urban paradise that’s perfect to explore with your four-legged walking buddy. This former railway corridor has been transformed into a multi-use trail spanning over 22 miles. Along the way, you’ll find several parks, art installations, dining options – and best of all, breathtaking views of the city’s skyline.
Location: Multiple access points | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
3. Lullwater Park
If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat in the heart of Atlanta, Lullwater Park is the perfect spot for you and Fido! This hidden gem is tucked away on the Emory University campus and offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll around the lake, have a picnic with your pooch, watch for wildlife, or explore the lush greenery, Lullwater Park has something for everyone. It is worth noting that while dogs are welcome at the park, they are not allowed in the lake, but you can still enjoy a peaceful stroll and take in the beautiful surroundings together.
Location: 1463 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
4. Constitution Lakes Park
Constitution Lakes Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and dog lovers, alike. This unique park boasts several walking trails, boardwalks and ponds teeming with wildlife. But what makes this park truly special, are the whimsical art installations and sculptures scattered throughout the trails, which will make you and Fido feel like you’re on a magical adventure. The park is also home to the South River, where you and your furry friend can take a dip on a hot summer day. And speaking of furry friends, the park is incredibly dog-friendly, with plenty of off-leash areas for your pup to play.
Location: 1305 South River Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA | Difficulty: Easy to moderate | View Map
5. Big Creek Greenway
If you’re looking for a fun and scenic outdoor adventure in Atlanta, look no further than Big Creek Greenway. This 8-mile stretch of paved trail winds through the beautiful natural scenery of Forsyth County, providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re a runner, or just out for a leisurely stroll with your dog, there’s something for everyone on this trail. Along the way, you’ll encounter tranquil creeks, scenic bridges, and even a picturesque waterfall. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the local wildlife, like deer and turtles, who call this area home. The trail is also incredibly dog-friendly, with plenty of water stations and pet waste stations along the way.
Location: 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
6. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Nestled just outside of Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park offers stunning natural beauty and plenty of outdoor activities for you and Fido to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike, a leisurely stroll, or a peaceful picnic, you’ll find it all here. The park is home to the Sweetwater Creek, where you and Rover will be rewarded with gorgeous views, waterfalls, and even an old textile mill that has been beautifully preserved. But that’s not all … Sweetwater Creek State Park features designated dog trails – places where your pooch can roam freely off-leash, giving them the chance to run, play and interact with other dogs. Along these trails, you’ll find pet waste stations to help keep the park clean and enjoyable for everyone. It’s important to note that while dogs are allowed off-leash on these designated trails, they must be kept on a leash in all other areas of the park.
Location: 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA | Difficulty: Moderate | View Map
7. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable outdoor adventure, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is the perfect destination for you and your dog! Located just outside of Atlanta, this area is home to stunning rock outcroppings, pristine lakes, and lush forests, all waiting to be explored. The towering granite formations offer breathtaking views, especially during sunset, making it the perfect spot for a picnic or a peaceful hike with your best buds, two- and four-legged alike.
Location: 3350 Klondike Road, Lithonia, GA | Difficulty: Easy to moderate | View Map
8. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Calling all dog-loving history buffs! Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is the place to be if you want some history while walking with your dog, including the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, which played a significant role in the Civil War. The park also features over 20 miles of hiking trails that wind their way through lush forests and rocky outcroppings, offering breathtaking views for you and Bowser. The trails vary in difficulty, so whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just out for a leisurely stroll, there’s a trail for you — and if you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the local wildlife, like deer and foxes, who call this area home.
Location: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA | Difficulty: Moderate to difficult | View Map
9. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
If you are looking for an adventure for you and Rover, then the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is the paw-fect place for just that – with kayaking, fishing, hiking, and more! With over 50 miles of trails, there is no shortage of places to explore, or simply set up your spot with Spot to cast a line, crack a cold one, and enjoy a relaxing day on the water.
Location: 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA | Difficulty: Easy to difficult | View Map
10. Chattapoochee Dog Park
Chattapoochee Dog Park has everything you could possibly want. This off-leash Atlanta dog park provides canine agility equipment, water features for your pooch to cool off, and fenced-in areas for large and small dogs. There are both shaded and non-shaded areas, bench seating, a picnic area plus water stations for your pooch to enjoy a refreshing drink after some Chattapoochee play time.
Location: 4291 Rogers Bridge Rd, Duluth, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
11. Vickery Creek Trail
Looking for a scenic trail to escape the hustle and bustle of the city with Bowser? Then, look no further than Vickery Creek Trail in Roswell. You’ll not only be treated to stunning views of the creek, but also beautiful waterfalls and even historic stuff from the 1800s like old mill ruins and stone bridges. Better yet, your furry friend will have a blast exploring the dog friendly trail and can even cool off in the creek on a hot summer day! So, grab your hiking boots, pack a picnic and some dog treats, and spend the day exploring Vickery Creek Trail with your best friend by your side.
Location: 880-A Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
12. Centennial Olympic Park
Spanning across 21 acres, Centennial Olympic Park is not just a symbol of community and sport, but also a fun-filled recreational space for residents and tourists alike. And let’s not forget our furry friends! Centennial Olympic Park caters to canine visitors as well, providing plenty of dog waste stations to keep the grounds clean and green. What’s more, the park’s iconic Olympic Ring fountain serves a dual purpose. As well as being a striking visual centerpiece, it also doubles as a cooling-off spot where your pup can have a refreshing splash on a hot day.
Location: 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
13. Newtown Dream Dog Park
We have to say, we’ve seen a lot of dog parks in our day and Newtown Dream Dog Park is one of the best off-leash dog parks in the country. The one-acre dog park is fully fenced and offers artificial turf, sprinklers for dogs to play in, obstacles to play on, plus water fountains for humans and pets. Weeeeee!!
Location: 3150 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
14. Morningside Nature Preserve
Tucked away in the heart of Atlanta, Morningside Nature Preserve is a true oasis for dog-loving city dwellers longing for a slice of the great outdoors. Amid the hustle and bustle of the city, this tranquil haven offers 30 hectares of scenic woodland, streams and trails, serving as a splendid retreat for hikers, joggers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Not only does it provide a peaceful haven for humans, but it’s also a fabulous treat for your four-legged friends.
Nestled within this serene reserve is the wildly popular dog beach, a delightful sandy spot situated by the picturesque South Peachtree Creek. Here, your canine companion can roam off-leash, enjoy a refreshing dip in the creek or simply frolic in the sand — hence the name, dog beach.
Location: 2020 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
We hope this list of the top 14 dog-friendly places to walk and hike with your dog in Atlanta has got you and your furry friend excited for your next adventure. And, be sure to check out our top picks for the Best Gifts for Dog Moms (and dads) Who Love the Great Outdoors. Looking for more off-leash fun?
Here are the 12 Best Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas in Atlanta:
- Adair Dog Park
- Brook Run Dog Park
- Burger Park
- Canine Crossing Dog Park
- Centennial Olympic Park
- Chattapoochee Dog Park
- Fetch Park
- Newtown Dream Dog Park
- Oakhurst Dog Park
- Piedmont Dog Park
- Swift-Cantrell Park
Be sure to visit the CityDog Directory for more great places to sit, stay and play with your pooch plus discover special deals and discounts from our CityDog Partners!
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about the author
Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.