Georgia’s best hikes with dogs: our top 10 favorite dog-friendly trails

Grab a leash and hit the trail! Hike our favorite dog friendly trails in Georgia, the all-time favorites of our canine hiking buddies, Amber and Jake.

We’ve always loved hiking and camping with our dogs. And their trail love is equal: touch a backpack, and they’re headed for the door, ready for a hiking adventure. While most Georgia trails are dog-worthy, we’ve hiked our favorite dog-friendly trails many times over with our labrador retrievers Amber and Jake.

Georgia's best dog friendly trails: our favorite hikes with dogs

While many of Georgia’s trails are dog-friendly, these are our favorite, dog-tested and dog-approved trails throughout Georgia. Grab a leash, your favorite canine hiking buddy and hit the trail for some outdoor, dog-friendly adventure! And if you’re looking for a great hike closer to home, be sure to check out our top ten favorite dog-friendly hikes near Atlanta, too.

Dog-friendly hikes in Georgia: our favorite trails

Hiking with dogs: before you hit the trail

Before leashing up and hitting the trail, follow these quick tips to keep your dog’s hike comfortable, safe, and fun:

Trail safety & etiquette

Dehydration occurs easily on the trail in Georgia’s warm climate, whether you’re hiking on two legs or four, so pack plenty of water for both you and your dog. A collapsible dish, like Ruffwear’s ultralight and ultra-packable Bivy Bowl, makes keeping your pup hydrated on the trail easy and convenient.

Hike our top 10 favorite dog-friendly hiking trails in Georgia

Leash up! A leash provides safety and a courtesy to other hikers, dogs, and wildlife. We love Ruffwear’s 6-foot nylon Slackline Leash: it’s durable, resists tangles thanks to a swivel hook, and has an adjustable handle that can clip to your waist when you need both hands on the trail.

Start small, and work up

Different breeds and fitness levels demand different trail distances and conditions. While our labrador retrievers are great trail and water dogs, we watch them closely to be sure they’re comfortable, capable and injury-free on the trail.

If your dog is new to the trail, start with shorter hikes on easier trails. Work up in trail length and difficulty as your dog becomes more fit, more agile and more trail savvy. And check out more tips for hiking with your dog from REI Expert Advice.

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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.