Heritage Valley residents and pets can use the sidewalk along Fairburn Road to reach this area The local Starbucks allows dogs in their outdoor seating area so your pup can enjoy a rest on a patio while you sip a coffee.
Dog walkers in Atlanta enjoy warm spring and fall weather, with some precipitation, so having an umbrella or rain jacket handy is advised. Summers are very hot and humid, and many pet owners take their dogs out earlier or later in the day to avoid the midday heat. Winter conditions vary, but most days see above freezing temperatures.
Heritage Valley is bordered by Interstate 285 on the east side, Fairburn Road on the west side, Mt. Gilead Road on the south, and the Cascade Green neighborhood on the north. Heritage Valley is a developed suburban residential neighborhood surrounded by natural treed areas which extend into the community. The terrain has some hilly sections and inclines which require dogs and walkers to navigate some elevation changes. If you or your dog has mobility issues, this can be an issue, although most slopes are not very steep.
Homes in the area are well setback from roads and well spaced on large rural and suburban properties. Large cultivated trees and natural wooded areas are plentiful in the community and lawns, shrubs, gardens, and heavy landscaping beautifies the area. Dwellings are mostly ranch style homes, although some split level and two-story homes are also present. Residential streets do not have sidewalks, so you and your pup will need to share the road with local vehicles.
Melvin Drive Park is located to the west, about a 20-minute walk for most Heritage Valley residents and their pets. This beautiful treed park has lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, ball diamonds, and sports fields. There are also picnic sites and restrooms in the park.
Heritage Valley is bordered by a power corridor with open green space and heavily treed and wooded tracts, with nature trails that locals and their pups can explore. Dirt trails in the area, especially along ravines and on hills, can be treacherous when wet and locals should use caution on unmaintained and undeveloped trails.
Lionel Hampton-Beecher Hills Park is located a 15-minute drive northeast. This 100-acre natural green space contains 1.8 miles of hard surfaced trails and over four miles of natural surfaced trails to explore with your leashed pet. Three notable trees in the park worth visiting are a sugar maple, tulip poplar, and an umbrella magnolia.