Westhaven is a neighborhood located on the west side of Atlanta, Georgia. The neighborhood is residential, but there is commercial activity on the southern border. Shops, restaurants, and other local services can be reached on foot along this main thoroughfare, however, the train tracks along Westhaven’s south border decrease this area's walkability.
Dog walkers in Atlanta enjoy plenty of warm, sunny days that are ideal for walking with pets, especially in the spring and fall. Summer weather can be too hot for exercise with high temperatures coupled with high humidity. Take your dog out early or later in the day to avoid excessive heat. Winters in Atlanta are cool and wet and warm, waterproof outdoor gear is required if you frequently take your dog for long strolls during this season. Although temperatures are usually above freezing and snow is rare, snow, sleet, and freezing rain can still occur. Have footwear with good traction or wait for surfaces to melt.
The Westhaven area is heavily treed and there is lots of shade available to pedestrians and pets on summer days. There are some hills and slopes in the area and dog walkers will need to climb some inclines when walking. There are no separate pedestrian sidewalks along residential streets to create safe walkways and you will need to share the road with local traffic. Train tracks on the south side of the region can only be crossed at a few designated pedestrian crossing points.
The Adamsville Recreation Center is located on the southwest corner of the Westhaven neighborhood. The recreation center and property have large green spaces with sports facilities and fields.
Isabel Gates Webster Park is located within walking distance to the south and has a large open field surrounded by a walking trail and lots of shade trees to the west. Other facilities at a playground and tennis court. There are also nature trails through the area to explore with your dog.
The much larger Lionel Hampton Park is a short drive to the south. This park has large natural areas that create habitats for wildlife and lots of greenway trails such as the Lionel Hampton Trail and SW Connector. These trails join up with other walking trails in the area and make for a great place for energetic pups to burn off some energy! The park is heavily treed, proving cool spots for walking and resting during hot weather.