Metro Atlanta ‘s Favorite Hiking Trails to Share With Your Pup
by Amber Burckhalter
May is such a wonderful month. The flowers and trees are in full bloom and the dreadful Atlanta heat has not quite yet set in. Memorial Day officially kicks off summer and we also celebrate Mother’s Day with moms everywhere.
This month, we celebrate moms by looking at some of the best spots in metro Atlanta to spend time with your pup and your family.
- Arabia Mountain – Set within the granite mountains of Lithonia and once home to numerous native American tribes, Arabia Mountain includes various hiking trails leading through the mountain and preserve, as well as the pedestrian-friendly PATH that encompasses more than 30 miles of walking/hiking/cycling space. It also offers a stunning view of Georgia’s amazing skyline. NOTE – Dogs must be leashed at all times.
- Chattahoochee River Trail Cochran Shoals – Located just off of 285 and new Northside Drive, this 3-mile hiking loop begins along the Chattahoochee River and winds back through the wetlands. An extremely wide and well-maintained trail, parts of this trail are under shade and other parts or not.
- Iron Hill Loop at Red Top Mountain – Located roughly an hour from Atlanta, the Iron Hill hike is 3.8 miles and grabs nearly continuous views of Lake Allatoona’s glassy, calm inlets. The hike crosses multiple wooden boardwalks and all while following the Allatoona shoreline allowing your pup and kids alike to splash around. Pack a snack and relax shoreside while you watch the fish jumping!
- Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill / Kolb Farm Loop – 5.8 miles of dog-friendly trails through beautiful meadows, forests, and Civil War battlefields near Kennesaw Mountain. One great feature for pups is that the trails consist mainly of compacted dirt and sand and are easy on the paws. Also, there’s a mid-hike fountain with a built-in dog bowl!
- Morningside Nature Preserve – Located inside Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood, Morningside Nature Preserve offers over two miles of scenic trails located in a quiet intown forest. One cool feature of this hike: there’s a sandy beach on South Peachtree Creek that’s earned the nickname “dog beach.”
- Silver Comet Trail – Just down the street from K-9, this paved path has no cars and just a few hills. The Silver Comet Trail follows an old rail line for 61 miles from just outside of Atlanta to the Georgia-Alabama state line and continues as the Chief Ladiga Trail. One of the longest paved pathways in the U.S., the trail cuts a scenic route through preserved forests, rural countryside and historic downtowns. If you participate in one of our Heelin’ Hounds (leash walking) classes, you’ll probably join us there!
- Sope Creek Trails – Located just off Johnsons Ferry Road, with over 3 miles of hiking trails winding through a natural Georgia forest, this is one of our favorites. Even in the heat of summer, the well shaded hiking trails allow for a pleasant walk with your family and your pup. Additionally, the trail winds down to a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, with large pools and rocks for splashing and sun bathing.
- Sweetwater Creek – Located about 20 minutes from downtown, Sweetwater Creek has several trails to hike winding through rock terrain or simple paths to the creek below. There are plenty of areas for the kids and the pup to splash around once you reach the creek bed. Additionally, after a nice hike with the pup, you can picnic, rent fishing gear and fish or even go out in a paddleboat while a family member relaxes shoreside with the pup. One of our favorites as it is well shaded year-round and not too busy during the week.
- Vickery Creek Trail – Just over 5 miles of trails wind through pine and hardwood forest. Make sure to pack a lunch and enjoy the covered bridge, two Civil War-era mills, now in ruins, and a towering, cascading spillway waterfall. The sandy swimming beach at the bottom of the spillway makes for a great swim!
We hope you take the time to enjoy these with your family and your pup. Make sure to take plenty of water and to enjoy all these areas have to offer. You deserve it!
Happy Mother’s Day to you and your family. We look forward to helping you and your pup build a lifetime of memories together.