Atlanta's best dog-friendly trails: our top 10 favorite hikes for dogs

Atlanta’s best dog-friendly trails: our top 10 favorite hikes for dogs

Leash up and hit the trail! Hike our favorite dog-friendly trails near Atlanta with your favorite four-pawed hiking buddy.

Let’s hike! There’s nothing our dogs love more than a walk in the wild: there’s just so much to sniff and see and do! Grab a leash and hit the trail on our favorite dog-friendly trails near Atlanta. Don’t forget to share your adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by tagging #atlantatrails in your shots… we’d love to see them!

Atlanta's best dog-friendly trails: our top 10 favorite dog-friendly hikes

Looking for an adventure in the mountains instead? Check out our top ten favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia to explore mountain summits, lush river valleys and more!

Dog-friendly hikes near Atlanta: our favorite trails

Hiking with dogs: before you go

Leash up! Keeping your dog leashed helps to keep the trail enjoyable for other hikers, runners and dogs, and helps prevent unwanted encounters with wildlife. Our favorite leash is the Ruffwear Slackline Leash: it’s a high-quality adjustable lead with a padded handle that doubles as a waist harness, and a swivel clip to help prevent knots and tangles. And don’t forget the water: Atlanta’s warm weather can cause dehydration, quickly, so don’t forget a water bottle (or two) for your pup. Our favorite, trail-friendly dog water dish is the collapsible Ruffwear Bivy Bowl: it’s lightweight and folds down to save room in our backpacks.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.