Named after its historical water springs, Lithia Springs is a small town in northeastern Douglas County, Georgia. The springs were so popular that people used to travel from all over to drink the mineral water, including Mark Twain, the Vanderbilt family, and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Sweetwater Creek flows through part of the town, and its state park is a local favorite recreational area that's home to the George Sparks Reservoir. This is the pawfect place to spend time hiking and picnicking at the beautiful ruins of Manchester Mill.
There are four pet-friendly lodging accommodations in Lithia Springs, including the local Motel 6 and My Place Hotel. Most of the accommodations do not charge additional fees for pets, but be sure to check the pet policy when booking your room.
Lithia Springs offers two pet-friendly fast food places, but more extravagant restaurants can be found in neighboring cities. Atlanta, Georgia is home to several highly rated and pet-friendly restaurants for you to enjoy, and it's only 23 minutes from Lithia Springs. Midtown Tavern is one of the local favorites that serves made-from-scratch American favorites and allows your dog to come inside. Other local favorites include Noni’s Bar and Deli, Barcelona Inman Park, and Carroll Street Café.
There is so much to do here that you could spend the entire weekend and not even do it all. The state park encompasses more than 2,500 acres, allowing you and your leashed pal to explore and learn about the history of the area that dates back to the Civil War. There is also a trail that leads up to the bluffs which will give you a panoramic view of the area. Don’t forget your camera! There’s also the George Sparks Reservoir, where the fishing is like no other. Bring the whole family to fish, feed the ducks, and relax.
Piedmont Dog Park is a great off-leash dog park on the outskirts of Atlanta’s Ansley Park neighborhood, only 18 miles from Lithia Springs. Fido can run and romp leash-free in the designated, gated area. He can explore the rest of the park with you as long as he’s on a leash. Remember to bring water and doggie waste bags, especially if you’re exploring outside of the dog park. Bear in mind that there isn’t a lot of shade at this dog park, so it can get warm in the summer months. Lake Clara Meer and Atlanta Botanical Gardens can also be found within this park, but those areas aren’t Fido-friendly.
It takes about 15 miles to get to Lewis Dog Park, but you and your dog are sure to have a great time here. You will find that the area has everything that you need. There is a water fountain, as well as cleaning areas and sitting areas. The main focus is providing the urban area dog with plenty of space to run and play. This is an off-leash park, but owners are encouraged to take an active role in playing with their pups. There is always an assortment of dogs running and romping here, and your pal is sure to find plenty of fur buddies to spend time with.
Leita Thompson Memorial Dog Park is another great dog park located just outside the Wildwood Springs neighborhood of Roswell. It is a little bit further to drive at just under 20 miles. You will love the atmosphere of this park. The regulars here love to interact and have regular fur dates. You will be most welcome to join them as long as your precious pal plays nicely. There are both dog and fur water fountains, so don’t fret if you forget to bring some. There are plenty of shady spots to sit and rest while Fido works up a pant in the Georgia heat. Don’t forget to bring a ball to play fetch with, if you don’t mind sharing with other dogs.
If you are looking for a great place to join your dog for a meal, come on down to Joe’s on Juniper. You are more than welcome to join your dog at an outdoor table any night of the week. The fare is classic American with burgers and sandwiches that are sure to make Fido beg for a bite The buffalo chicken salad is boasted as being the best in the state by the locals. This is the pawfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a craft beer and a hearty meal while your dog rests at your feet. Bring some fur-iends and make it a paw-ty!