Atlanta weather is warm and sunny most of the time, however, rain showers are not uncommon, especially during cooler months. Winters are chilly and wet, although snow and freezing temperatures are not common. A warm, waterproof jacket will keep dog walkers warm and dry during winter months. Spring and fall are generally pleasant for walking with some rain showers, however, summer can be very hot and humid. Excessive heat and humidity can pose dangers for on foot travel. Dogs and owners should find shady locations for walks, avoid overexertion, and stay well hydrated on daily walks during summer months.
An airport is situated on the southwest side and noise from aircraft and traffic in this area can be a factor when walking your dog. A creek is located on the south side with a ravine and wooded area. Treed and natural areas wind throughout the neighborhood and separate light industrial, commercial, and residential areas with natural terrain are prevalent.
Homes in the area are modest and there are some vacant commercial and retail lots. The landscape has some hills, although they are not steep and do not impede pedestrian traffic. The freeway is not a pedestrian-friendly area and commercial and industrial areas are also not designed with pedestrian travel in mind. Most of the area does have sidewalks for pedestrians and their pups to use.
The Bankhead-Bolton area has lots of natural greenways and wooded areas for dog walkers and their pets to enjoy with heavily treed areas providing shade during hotter weather. Undeveloped natural spaces, however, have hazards such as uneven terrain. Unmaintained trails through the wooded areas can be treacherous depending on location and should be used with caution.
Westside Reservoir Park provides a more developed, but still naturally beautiful green space. The Westside Reservoir Park is over 300 acres in size and built at the site of an old quarry. A lake is situated in the park and there are trails throughout the greenway to explore with your furry friend.Trails in the area are being connected to the Atlanta Beltline Trail System which provides many miles of greenway trails to enjoy with your dog.
Remember to keep your dog leashed in natural areas to avoid becoming separated from your pup and to avoid stirring up local wildlife.