Haralson, Georgia might look like a tiny hamlet, but a steady stream of tourists drive into town almost every day. Thanks to Georgia’s popularity as a filming location for movies and television, Haralson has a fame much bigger than its petite size.
Haralson was a filming location for the film Lawless along with the TV zombie saga The Walking Dead, and now hosts fan tours. While you and your fur family can explore on your own, be sure hold on to that leash: some tours are interactive, so you might run into a zombie or two. We’re not sure if your dog still watches the show, but true fans can easily make a day out of Walking Dead sightseeing. Nearby Senoia served as the set for Woodbury in season three, and the Zombie Capital itself — Atlanta — is less than 40 miles north.
On the cusp of the outer suburbs, Haralson has access to the creature comforts of the big city and the peace of central Georgia countryside. Atlanta has been ranked the 9th best city for dogs and dog lovers in a poll of real estate professionals, so that means an endless variety of specialty food stores and bustling sidewalks for you and Rover to check out, even if you only have a couple of hours to spare. At the center of it all is Piedmont Park: the Piedmont Dog Park and miles and miles of landscaped walking trails await. Or, get out of town: several state parks and the enormous Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge are within an hour's drive.
Problem: You want a day in the city, but your pup prefers a calm environment. Solution: Downtown Decatur, 46 miles from Haralson, just outside Atlanta's city center. This hip, vibrant community near Emory University and the CDC is full of dog-loving intellectuals and funky local culture. Dine out at any of Decatur’s 39 restaurants offering pup-friendly patio seating. We recommend the Communion Beirgarten: the vast outdoor dining (and drinking) area puts your pups in the middle of the party. Nearby Taj-Mahound Bakery for Dogs sells gourmet treats made just for your favorite furry people in the whole wide world. Decatur has three dog parks for off-leash antics, so no need to worry about the calories.
The Town of Griffin is 20 miles east of Haralson and a lovely spot for a lunch on a patio. There are 9 dog-friendly restaurants in town; the best people/pooch-watching is at Bank Street Cafe where the sidewalk tables look out at the heart of downtown. Griffin City Park offers a walking trail and potential Frisbee lawns. For some serious frolicking, though, drive a bit north of Griffin and check out Hampton’s North Mt. Carmel Bark Park, a leafy paradise with two well-kept off-leash play areas and even a dog-friendly nature trail.