Atlanta neighborhoods rarely get snow or frigid temperatures in the winter that would hamper dog walkers. Winter months are cool and rainy, however, and a warm, waterproof jacket will keep you comfortable on daily walks. Summers are hot and humid and overheating can be an issue. Heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, sunstroke, and dehydration can occur when the mercury soars and people or pets overexert themselves. Avoid walking in hot weather by choosing to walk your dog early or later in the day.
The Harland Terrace neighborhood is approximately half a mile in size. There is a school ground with recreation facilities in the neighborhood. A large natural wooded area is situated on the west side of the region and there is a creek transecting the district with natural areas along it.
Most of the residences in Harland Terrace are apartment and condominium complexes that are more recently developed. Some single-family homes are also located in the neighborhood. Not all residential areas have separate sidewalks for pedestrians to use. If you are walking your dog on a residential street without a sidewalk, you will need to share the roadway with local traffic. Walk facing oncoming vehicles and keep your dog securely leashed and away from cars.
There are some gentle inclines in Harland Terrace, although they are not steep and are not usually an issue for people and pets traveling the area on foot.
The Isabel Gates Webster Park is situated in the south side of the community and has natural and recreational areas. Facilities in the park include basketball and tennis courts, a playground, and sports fields. This park is easily walkable from Harland Terrace residences.
A larger greenway is located to the southeast within walking distance. The Lionel-Hampton-Beecher Hill Park is 100 acres and has 1.8 miles of paved trails and more natural trails for you to explore with your pet. The greenway is heavily forested with mature shade trees to provide shelter on hot summer days. The park also features three “destination trees” including a sugar maple, umbrella magnolia, and tulip poplar that are notable attractions. There is also a creek in the area and lots of wildlife.
Be sure to keep your dog leashed and bring supplies to clean up after your pet in Atlanta greenways and along trail systems to be respectful to other users.