The tiny South Georgia town of Vidalia might best be known for its tasty, sweet onions, but Vidalia itself is full of local flavor. About halfway between Macon and Savannah, Vidalia offers a variety of dog-friendly shops and dining options in town while you learn about the sweet Vidalia onion.
One paw-pular hike you don’t want to miss is the 2.6-mile Oak Ridge Trail in the Little Ocmulgee State Park just outside of town. The 1,360-acre natural area features a 265-acre lake with beachfront and picnic areas, cottages, campsites with cable television hookups, a conference center and restaurant. Otherwise, hikers and their fluffy friends will be treated to a woof-derful view, a historic barn just right for a selfie with your favorite pup before taking the connecting bridge back to the Trailhead. There are a few nice stops along the trail perfect for a snack, but no doggy stations, so bring bags for the hike.
For a unique activity with your pawed pal, you can take a wagon ride tour of the Buckhorn Creek Ranch. This wildlife preserve is a 250-acres with more than 100 exotic and domestic animals such as bison, Watusi cattle, and Mouflon sheep.
Four-legged visitors to Vidalia will enjoy unique, dog-friendly shops and adventurous vacation activities in this lovely part of southern Georgia.
The Ben Smith Park is a small downtown green space with shade, seating, and is within walking distance to shops and restaurants. You and your fluffy friend will enjoy shopping in the Historic District in downtown Vidalia along shaded sidewalks. Afterwards, head over behind City Hall to see the giant Vidalia Onion fountain statue to take a selfie with your favorite pooch. At night, the six-foot stainless steel structure entertains visitors with a multi-colored light, water, and music show in the park. If you need a place to throw a ball while you enjoy the mild weather, stop by Gaynelle Park or Matthews Park. These simple neighborhood parks don’t have dog waste stations or dog-level water fountains, so be sure to bring along all the supplies you need.
There’s nothing more fun for a spirited doggo than running around leash-free with other pups. The Vidalia Community Dog Park is a wonderful place to socialize your doggo and meet other dog owners in the community. The fenced-in off-leash play area is for pups of all sizes. There are dog waste stations, but no dog-level water is available. For pups who prefer an on-leash walk, the Vidalia Regional Sports Complex has a moderate trail adjacent to the two main fields. After a long day of sightseeing, you and your puppy pal need a quiet place to lay your heads. The Hampton Inn Vidalia and the AmericInn Lodge & Suites welcome four-legged friends.
Taking walks and playing fetch in the backyard is nice, but dogs can learn a lot and have a ton of fun in a simple neighborhood park. Godbee Park on Church Street isn’t much more than a patch of grass with a playground, but the chance to see something unfamiliar will stimulate and challenge your canine companion. Those who travel with their puppy pals by RV have a new place to park their rig and spend the night near the Vidalia Regional Airport. The Sweet Onion RV Park has full hook-ups and is conveniently located near restaurants and shopping, and welcomes your pup to stay with you.
Public access to the 25 miles of hunting and fishing accessible shores on the Oconee River in this neighborhood let energetic doggos have a splashing good time! When you need supplies, head over to the Vidalia Farm Center where you can stock up on pet food, leashes, dog beds, and other necessities for Fido. This pup-friendly business welcomes leashed doggos outside in the nursery area, but not inside with the bunnies and chicks. Energetic pooches and their human companions can tackle a portion of the 27-mile Yamassee Trail that runs parallel to the Oconee River. This scenic trail winds past huge forests, scenic farms, and historic churches.
Partin Park is only about 5 miles away in the quaint town of Lyons GA. The park is packed with opportunities for humans and their canine companions, and is considered one of the finest small town parks in the state. Four-legged friends will love wandering through the scenic landscape on the nature trail. Enjoy an outdoor snack and a drink of water at one of the nine outdoor pavilions for a quick rest in the shade while watching the kids play on one of the eight playground areas. Bring a bowl for your pup to get some water from the fountains, and pack some clean up bags. Two-legged visitors can get ready for baseball season at one of the five playing fields, concession stands, or batting cages. Lots of trees and shade make this park a big hit with doggos!