The Most Pawpular Dog-Friendly Spots on the Highway

The Most Pawpular Dog-Friendly Spots on the Highway

Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up it is time to turn off the TV and hit the highway. Don’t worry though, that doesn’t mean that you have to leave your furry friend behind. The seven cities along Georgia’s Hospitality Highway love your pets just as much as you do and have a ton of dog-friendly spots for you to visit. From dog friendly breweries and pet approved patios to puppy perfect trails and canine conscious lodging options, you’ll never have to leave your best bud home again.


Looking for a place to watch the game with your furry best friend? Lost Dog Tavern located in the heart of Buckhead is the place to be on Saturdays. The popular neighborhood bar has a large fenced-in outdoor patio lined with big screen TVs. On Saturday’s during college football season, Lost Dog Tavern hosts pet friendly watch parties showing the best games of the week and will donate $5 to LifeLine Animal Project for each canine patron in attendance. Now that’s fun you can feel good about. No need to worry about the weather either, as there is no food served at Lost Dog, your pooch can even join you inside the building!


Leash up your pet and hit the trails in Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs is home to 950 acres of parks and natural areas as well as three Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) trail units, many of which are dog friendly. East Palisades Trail nestled on the lesser-frequented eastern banks Chattahoochee River is an especially Pawpular dog-friendly favorite for scenic views of the Atlanta skyline. Don’t worry if Fido gets muddy! After your hike stop in to Perk-N-Pooch where you can grab a cup of coffee while your pooch gets brushed and buffed.  


Roswell has no shortage of pet friendly patios and hiking trails to hit with your pup. One restaurant in Roswell, however, takes their love for furry friends to a whole new level. Established in Roswell in 2010, Lucky’s Burger and Brew has become a favorite local watering hole for patrons and canines alike. Stop by Lucky’s for a great burger and ice-cold brew in a relaxed, run atmosphere where Fido is always welcome.


Dogs at Avalon – Photo Credit: Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pets are always welcome in Alpharetta’s Avalon. Spend the day exploring the 86-acre resort-style community that features more than 60 luxury retail shops and over 25 must-dine restaurants. Avalon understands that pets are family too! The paw-friendly property features an off-leash dog park and pup relief stations throughout the development. Many of the retailers and restaurant patios along the Boulevard are pet-friendly with water bowls and tasty treats for the fur friends. Extend your stay with the pooch and book a night or weekend at one of Alpharetta’s pet-friendly hotels.


Tidwell Park – Photo Credit: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce

Dogs aren’t just pets; they’re an important family member to everyone that has one. Just like you would want to take your kids or significant other with you when you go out to eat or to enjoy the day, most people want to take their dogs with them too! Cumming has a variety of places that get that, and they love seeing your pets as much as you love bringing them. With the beautiful weather of April and summer right around the corner, a dog-friendly lake park is the ticket to pet-friendly fun. Tidwell park is one of the dog-friendly parks with water access. There are benches dotted along the walking path for rest, and there is no entry charge for the park. Spend an afternoon at the lake with your dog, and rediscover why people love Lake Lanier.


Etowah Meadery – Photo Credit: Dahlonega Convention & Visitors Bureau

Good news for all you wine lovers out there! You can spend the day sipping wine at several different wineries in Dahlonega with your furry friend in tow. Accent Cellars Farm Winery, Cavendar Creek Vineyards & Winery, Kaya Vineyards & Winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery and the Etowah Meadery all welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes on their patios. All they ask is that pets are kept on a leash and don’t get into the good stuff – wine is for people, not pets!

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