The next time you and your family head to one of Georgia’s State Parks, bring your four-legged friends too! Many parks welcome pets to join families to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Here is a peek at some of the ways your dog can enjoy a trip to the state park.
Camping in the woods is for furry friends, too. More than 40 Georgia State Parks have pet-friendly campgrounds as long as dogs stay on a leash and are accompanied by their owners at all times. Park campgrounds typically include hot showers, water and electric hookup. Dog favorites include Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth and Mistletoe State Park on Clarks Hill Lake.
If you and your pet prefer to enjoy more comfortable camping, cabin rentals may be the perfect option. More than 30 state parks offer dog-friendly cabins with spectacular views. Rentals do require a $45 pet fee per pet, and reservations are highly recommended. Check out the cabins at Cloudland Canyon State Park near Dalton, Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen or Crooked River State Park in St. Marys.
For more physical activity for you and your pet, nearly every Georgia State Park offers walking trails. For everyone’s safety, be sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times. If you are looking to meet more pet-owner friends, you can join ranger-led walks at both Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta or F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain.
Georgia State Parks have also partnered with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association to encourage exercise. Dogs can receive a “prescription” for a healthy walk, which is redeemable for a $5 parking pass. Trails range in difficulty level for pets of all sizes. Less active dogs can start at Laura Walker State Park in Waycross, and long distance hikers would prefer the challenge of Victoria Bryant State Park near Lavonia.
All Georgia State Parks are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and offer pristine natural beauty, from coastal marshes and midland swamps to piedmont plains and breathtaking mountains. For more information, visit http://www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
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