The eastern Atlanta suburb of Snellville retains some of its small-town charm in spite of its busy business district and subdivisions of big city commuters who chose Snellville for its location just 20 miles from the state capitol. A comfy canine community, Snellville has nine veterinary practices and two major chain pet supply stores, plus eight restaurants with dog-friendly patios.
It’s easy to plan a Doggie Day Out from Snellville. Sophisticated dogs might want a day of pampering in the city: the Piedmont Dog Park is a perfect starting point for an urban adventure. You can explore the Olmstead-designed landscape of Piedmont Park, enjoy the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail that follows a converted rail line south through the city, or even take your pup for a dog-friendly walking tour with the Atlanta Historical Society. There’s also plenty of chic dog-friendly patio dining in this part of Midtown.
With plenty of parks and green space near Snellville, though, you don’t need to go far to find some fun. Briscoe Park is centrally located and has scenic walking trails around the pond that are an easy way to enjoy a sunny day. The ducks and geese — permanent residents thanks to the duck-food dispensers available — give your fur family some extra entertainment to bark at.
Snellville’s Lenora Park will make any dog feel right at home. This massive 178-acre complex includes plenty of fun for both your human and fur families: the 18-hole disc golf course might please both. There’s a 1.5-mile paved trail that is easy on paws and perfect for jogging off some stress. If your pups have more energy to burn than you do, though, head for the fenced, off-leash dog run and let your babies make some new friends while you relax in the shade. Since the park is open until 11 pm and brightly lit, you can even squeeze in a walk after those very, very long days at work.
In the adjacent town of Stone Mountain, Stone Mountain Park is an Atlanta icon that welcomes on-leash dogs in much of its 3,200 acres and its beautiful nature and history trails. Download a trail map from their website ahead of time, and consider investing in an annual parking pass (which costs less than three daily passes): you’ll want more than one day to scope out hikes ranging from the one-mile loop Kings Trail to the five-mile Cherokee Trail. With its Confederate and Civil War themes, Stone Mountain might delight some history buffs more than others. Not all areas are open to dogs — the Lasershow Lawn, moving attractions, and walk-up trail are all off-limits — but dogs are allowed on rented watercraft as long as they bring their own life jackets.
Just over the city limits in Stone Mountain, the Yellow River Park has almost 566 acres of woods and riverside trails to explore with your on-leash fur family. The one mile paved trail is perfect for the short-legged or tender-pawed members of your pack. For a bigger challenge, though, the 12 mile unpaved hiking trail network takes you deep into nature. The area’s avid hikers advise that the trail network can be a little confusing at first, so they recommend newcomers stay on the riverside trail rather than attempt a loop through the woods. The trails are also used by equestrians, so safeguard your own shoes and let your pups enjoy all the interesting smells.
Ronald Reagan Park is technically in Lawrenceville but only 5 miles from the center of Snellville. At 25 acres, the park is busy and neighborly but has plenty of space to explore. We think your pack will want to head straight for the off-leash dog run! There are separate fenced areas for small and large dogs; water is available on-site, but bring a dish and some waste bags. For some on-leash exercise, there’s also a .75 mile walking trail. With a skate park, horseshoes, bocce ball, and shuffleboard facilities, too, maybe your pups will find a hidden athletic talent — or at least enjoy watching you goof off.
Tribble Mill Park is in the southeastern corner of Lawrenceville, just a few miles outside of Snellville. The short trip is worth it for this 713-acre nature preserve with historic mill ruins. With a 3.5-mile paved mixed-use trail that circles Ozora Lake, Tribble Mill is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the scenery. More adventurous packs might want to explore the unpaved equestrian and hiking trails that branch off into the surrounding woods and down to Chandler Lake; you can download a trail map from the park’s website. Need more nature? The leafy Harbins Park is just a few miles to the east in Dacula and offers an additional 4.5-mile paved trail and an extensive network of unpaved hiking and equestrian trails.