The city of Douglasville still feels a bit like a small town in spite of being just 22 miles from the state capital building in Downtown Atlanta. With both suburban convenience and lush Georgia countryside at its doorstep, this friendly, dog-loving community has easy access to any canine comfort your pup could want.
Deer Lick Dog Park on Mack Road is Douglasville’s hot spot for off-leash party time. The park has small and large dog play areas as well as a water station, and, unlike some area dog parks, it does not have any breed restrictions. When it’s time for a check-up, there are six veterinary hospitals in Douglasville and a 24-hour emergency vet in nearby Lithia Springs.
You can have a great doggy day out in Douglasville! At 3 acres each, the grassy lawns of Worthing Park and the playgrounds of Mill Village Park are just a few blocks apart, and adjacent to historic downtown shopping areas on Broad Street. The Irish Bred Pub’s 12 dog-friendly outdoor tables will welcome your fur family when you’ve walked up an appetite.
Every suburban dog deserves a taste of city sophistication now and again. Don’t forget about the city’s hippest pup destination, Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. It’s got miles and miles of landscaped paths and lawns, plus the off-leash Piedmont Dog Park and a host of chic eateries where you can share a refined meal with your pets while people-watching from the patio.
You — yes, you! — could enjoy the perfect suburban Saturday afternoon running errands with your family, regardless of whether you feel ready for a mini-van, spouse, or human children. Just load up your pups and head to Arbor Place in Douglasville, the community’s main retail hub. Your fur family can join you for shopping at Academy Sports and Outdoor. There are nine dog-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood, so grab a burger or some barbeque at an outdoor table and then stop for ice cream. End your day with a family stroll on the half-mile walking trail at Fowler Field Park, just down the street.
From Douglasville, it’s less than 8 miles to the Clinton Nature Preserve in Villa Rica. This dog-friendly 200-acre park has a half-mile paved track for your short-legged friends and a network of 9 nature trails for your longer-legged ones, including three more challenging trails over a mile. (We don’t know about yours, but our dogs would head straight for the 1.2-mile Squirrel Terrace Trail. Squirrels!) Is there anything more satisfying after a long day’s hike than a nice frozen drink? Maybe nachos? You can have both at the dog-friendly patio seating at El Ranchitos in Villa Rica, and consider an order of carnitas to share.
Sweetwater Creek State Park is just 8.5 miles from Douglasville, and it’s one of metro Atlanta’s favorite weekend playgrounds. Water-loving dogs can join you for fishing or boating on the 200-acre lake. Or, your fur family can explore the 15 miles of hiking trails and a stop by the ruins of a historic mill. Best of all, Sweetwater Creek can be your first stop on the road to free stuff! (Who doesn’t want free stuff?) The Georgia State Parks’ Tails on Trails Club will reward you and your buddy with a matching t-shirt and bandana if you hike seven of Georgia’s most scenic trails, starting at Sweetwater Creek. Just collect your Club passport at a ranger station and get it stamped at each park.
7.5 miles from Douglasville, on the outskirts of Powder Springs, Taylor Farms Park has a lake surrounded by a 1.25-mile walking trail. The well-lit park is open until 11 pm for after those long, long days at work when you need to walk it off with the only friend who really understands you. To continue your journey, head into downtown Powder Springs and catch the one-mile paved Lucille Trail that passes between the historic district and Lucille Creek. The Lucille trail connects to other downtown paved paths and to the Silver Comet Trail, forming a loop around the entire community.
Running from Cobb County to the Alabama border, the Silver Comet Trail is a 61-mile converted rail track that is now pawpular with cyclists, hikers, and dog lovers from far and wide. Lucky for your pups, the trail runs almost through your backyard. The Silver Comet website has a map of trailheads, and there are several nearby. The Hiram trailhead is less than 10 miles from Douglasville and is adjacent to Homer Leggitt Park, with a lovely off-leash dog park. Starting at this point on the Silver Comet, you’ll have 14 miles of trail to your east for ambitious days and 46 miles to your west for truly epic days. Remember plenty of water for the whole family!