Home to North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, Cleveland is a natural joy for kids of all ages. (And yes, we mean the adults, too!) You will find this family-friendly community about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta and a skip and hop from the Chattahoochee National Forest. Although there are no dedicated parks for pups, Cleveland has a few campgrounds that welcome pets. If you need a quick bite, you'll find several fast food restaurants and eateries with outdoor patios that welcome pooches. The same goes for vet clinics: there are two animal hospitals right in the center of town.
Vineyards are a great alternative to public parks, pawticularly if they're pet-friendly! Yonah Mountain Vineyard in the northeastern part of Cleveland is the perfect place to walk with a leashed pooch, enjoying the beautiful vistas and grounds of the winery. There’s also an outdoor patio where the dog can join you while you taste local wines (both red and white are available!).
But if you still want to explore downtown with Fido, Freedom Park is a great place to take a stroll or just relax in the shade while you enjoy a snack.
Cleveland is the pawfect place for animal lovers of all kinds!
Cornelia’s city center is closely connected to Mt Airy, offering easy access to the endless terrain of Lake Russell State Wildlife and Recreation Area. But, before you embark on an adventure in the wilderness and wetlands, check out Cornelia’s downtown! Charming and pastoral, the neighborhood has everything you could pawssibly want, including an extensive public park with a designated dog area! Cornelia City Park is a lush, well-kept park. Leash your buddy and explore the paved walking trails with wooden footbridges, which lead to the fenced dog park, where you can play with some furry buddies! You will also find several picnic tables and a shaded pavilion to relax and watch your pooch.
Blue Ridge Highway is one of the central neighborhoods in Blairsville, Georgia, about an hour south of Cleveland through Chattahoochee National Forest. The place is perfect for golf lovers and pet owners. The former can enjoy the close proximity of Butternut Creek Golf Park. The latter can sniff out Union County Dog Park, a small but truly pet-friendly facility with walking trail loops (about a mile long) and access to the crystal clear Nottely Lake. Open fields and tree-covered areas are just begging your curious bloodhound to explore! Bring water with you when you visit -- there are no water fountains here for dogs or humans.
Laurel Park on Lake Lanier is one of the local favorite attractions in Gainesville, GA. Featuring about 124 acres, this park is by far the biggest in Hall County. Laurel Park offers wonderful paved walking trails which are pet-friendly and fairly moderate -- pawfect for small pups and beginners! You will pass by multiple pavilions, picnic shelters, and a boat ramp before you find a place for off-leash doggie fun. Separated from the rest of the park, the doggy spot is perfect for running and playing with furry friends. This pawpular park is always full of friendly tail-waggers to sniff out and chase!
Centered on Spring Cove Road, the Chattahoochee Cove neighborhood is one of the northern pet-friendly neighborhoods in Duluth, Georgia. Beautiful views of the Chattahoochee River and an amazing dog park are all yours to enjoy if you decide to take the hour-long trip south from Cleveland. The doggy spot offers tons of space to run and is perfect for pooches of any size. Two enclosed sections separate shy and active pups, so your furry buddy can find the pawfect pal to play with! Your pooch can also run wild along the stream of the river (the park provides easy access to the water), but don’t let him dive or drink from it!
If you follow the lead of Jones Bridge Road in the southeastern part of Johns Creek, you'll eventually bump into Old Alabama Road, home to residential quarters surrounded by small stores and big shopping malls. At first glance, this animated area doesn’t seem to be pet-friendly, but there's a hidden gem here you'd be barking mad to miss! Newtown Dream Dog Park is hidden off the turn of Brumbelow Road and is so named for a reason! The huge area is a dog's dream come true, with two separate sections for small and large pooches and a challenging obstacle course. What will excite your pup most is the splash pad! However, the splash pad may be turned off when you visit.