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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!

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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 it folds down to save room in our backpacks. Need a great fit on a harness, collar or leash? Stop by our shop, Trailful Outdoor Co, for a fitting. We’re dog-friendly, and carry a full line of Ruffwear leads and collars, dog gear, harnesses, packs, and toys perfect for the trail.

After the adventure ends, please be sure to check your pup’s fur for the velcro-like seeds of the Japanese chaff flower. This invasive species is spreading quickly through Georgia’s trails by hitchhiking a ride on dogs’ fur. Learn how to identify the plant, and how to help prevent its spread, in our guide to the Japanese chaff flower in Georgia.

Dog-friendly hikes near Atlanta: our favorite trails

More great dog-friendly hiking adventures near Atlanta

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. Or cross the NC border for some gorgeous sights and vistas on our favorite dog-friendly hikes near Asheville.

Leave No Trace: Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are official Leave No Trace partners

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.