Atlanta has warm temperatures and is suitable for walking most of the year. Some rain and shower activity can dampen your walks, but there are plenty of sunny days. Winters are colder and rain is more frequent so warm, waterproof outerwear is an asset at this time of year. Summer months feature some very hot and humid weather. Although temperatures are usually in the 80-degree range, they can climb to the 90-degree range and, coupled with high humidity, make walking your dog uncomfortable. Avoid overexerting yourself and make sure you both stay hydrated.
Most residences are apartment complexes, but there are some attractive, modest single-family homes as well. The area, including private properties, is well landscaped with lots of shade trees, lawns, and gardens, providing greenery in the district.
There is some hilly terrain and dog walkers and their pets will need to walk up some inclines to get around the area. If you have mobility issues, take precautions to pick a suitable route for your ability level. Some residential streets have separate sidewalks for pedestrians and some do not. If you find yourself required to share the road with local traffic, walk facing oncoming cars and keep your dog securely leashed.
University properties, recreational facilities, green spaces, and quads with paved pedestrian paths are located in the community and leashed pets are allowed in many areas.
Cleopa R. Johnson Park on the east side of the neighborhood has play structures, open lawns, shade trees, and a paved pedestrian path around the park to enjoy with your pup. To the west, the Dean Rusk Park provides 6 acres of open areas and recreational facilities. There is a baseball field, playground, and a paved path for dog walkers in this park as well.
If you and your hiking hound are looking for larger green space, the Westside Reservoir Park provides 351 acres of natural space with a lake at the site of a former quarry. There are miles of trails in this park to explore with your active pup. Keep your dog leashed as there are lots of other users and local wildlife in the park.