The weather in Atlanta is amenable to walking in that cold temperatures are rare. Even in winter, it rarely freezes and warm heavy coats are not a requirement. Summers, however, are extremely hot and humid and can present a problem for frequent dog walkers. Choose to go out earlier or later in the day with your pet to avoid daytime heat. Make sure you and your dog are well hydrated and avoid overexposure. Severe storms occur in Atlanta and occasional tornadoes are possible. These storms pack high winds, hail, and other flying debris which are hazardous to people and pets. Make sure you are aware of imminent storms and take shelter with your canine companion until storms pass over.
Dixie Hills is just under 1 square mile and stretches from Joseph E Boone Boulevard on the north to I-20 on the south. The neighborhood has lots of natural spaces and undeveloped land and there are heavily treed and wooded sections around parks.
The neighborhood is hilly and walks through the region will necessitate some climbs with elevation changes which can be difficult for people and pets with mobility issues. Plan your walk according to your abilities.
The west side of the community has more multi-family housing and apartments while the east side has more single-family homes on well-maintained properties. There are vacant lots and abandoned buildings in the community, especially on the west side. Some residential roads are narrow and do not have sidewalks. With the hilly terrain, these roads can be problematic for pedestrians. When you are walking on a residential road, face oncoming traffic, keep your dog leashed, and be vigilant for vehicles.
This greenway trail connects to the southwest connector trail and the beltline loop. Dog walkers will enjoy the heavily wooded area around the recreation center and the trail that connects to miles of greenway that you and your pup can explore.
Also located in Dixie Hills is Shirley Place Park. This park is a heavily treed natural space in the community with nature trails and wooded areas. Local wildlife resides in the park, so keep your dog close to avoid altercations with local critters!