sign in madison, ga Just a Short Drive Away

Atlanta summers can be tough on our pets.  But, it doesn’t have to be boring for them. Within a short drive, you and your furry best friend can discover scenic landscapes, charming towns, and unique experiences – all paw-sitively perfect for a day trip. Let’s discuss pet-friendly day trips from Atlanta.

Hit the Trails

pet-friendly red top mountainExplore Georgia’s natural beauty with a walk or hike at one of these gorgeous parks.

Red Top Mountain State Park in Canton

Red Top Mountain State Park boasts over 1,500 acres of scenic trails, perfect for an invigorating hike with your furry companion. Leashed pets are welcome on designated trails, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Afterward, cool off with a dip in the park’s refreshing Lake Allatoona and explore the iron mining tradition & history of the Etowah Valley.

Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston

Victoria Bryant State Park offers a glimpse into Georgia’s gold rush era. Explore the pet-friendly ruins of the Hard Labor Creek Mill and wander through the Long Shoal Creek Nature Trail. Keep your eyes peeled for diverse birdlife and unique plant life but keep your dog on leash and cats safely harnessed to ensure they don’t go off chasing anybody.

Wine (or Beer) Down

Cloudland Vineyards in Dahlonega

vines near atlantaNestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Cloudland Vineyards offers a delightful experience for both humans and their canine counterparts. Enjoy a wine tasting on their pet-friendly patio, overlooking the scenic vineyards. Most weekends, they even host Yappy Hour events specifically for pups and their people.

Reformation Brewery in Canton & Smyrna

This award-winning brewery boasts a spacious outdoor patio where leashed pets are welcome. Relax with a cold craft beer while your furry friend enjoys the fresh air and makes some new canine companions. Food trucks are often on-site, offering delicious bites to fuel your day trip. According to CityDog Magazine Atlanta, “Reformation Brewery loves dogs.” Check out more of their top pics here.

Be Charmed

statue in madison, gaMadison

Take a step back in time and explore the charming town of Madison. Leashed pets are welcome to join you on a stroll down the historic brick-lined streets, browsing unique shops and admiring the beautiful antebellum architecture. Don’t forget to grab a scoop of ice cream (with a dog-friendly option for your pup, of course!) and relax in a shady spot in one of the town squares.


Carrollton is a small city west of Atlanta with a thriving downtown area. It has an 18-mile greenbelt that’s perfect for exploring the city by bike or foot. The downtown area has a mix of shops, restaurants, and an outdoor amphitheater. There are also events happening year-round. Boasting a long list of dog-friendly restaurants, Carrollton is a great spot for an early brunch with your besties – human or otherwise.

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge is so dog friendly, you’re bound to see dogs swimming in Lake Blue Ridge, enjoying waterfalls, exploring hiking trails, shopping in stores, and dining at the local restaurants.  The community caters to pets, especially dogs, and have pet-friendly and pet-focused festivals throughout the year. Learn more about Blue Ridge’s pet-friendly highlights here.

Planning A Perfect Pet-Friendly Day Trip

dog displaying ID tag AtlantaKeep these tips in mind when preparing and enjoying your next pet-friendly day trip. A little planning and forethought go a long way, especially if something goes slightly awry.

  • Do your research: Before heading out, ensure your chosen destination is pet-friendly and leash requirements.
  • Pack smart: Bring plenty of water, waste bags, and any medications your pet might need. Consider a travel water bottle like Springer Pet’s pet travel bottles and systems.
  • Check the weather: Be mindful of the temperature and storms. Opt for early morning or evening adventures on hot days and avoid flooding by staying tuned to weather alerts.
  • Carry ID (for you and your pets!): Ensure your pet’s ID tag is up-to-date with your contact information. Bring along their rabies cert in case you are asked for it. And, if your pet is not microchipped, we recommend you make an appointment. Microchips are an excellent layer of protection against pet loss.
  • Never leave your pet in the car: Summer temps in and around Atlanta are not to be messed with. Please never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle this time of year or when temps are over 70 degrees.
  • Check pet-friendly status and species: Unfortunately, some establishments refer to themselves as pet-friendly when they are, in fact, only dog friendly. If you’re traveling with a social butterfly kitty, please call ahead and make sure he or she will be welcome. Usually, as long as your cat is in a carrier or backpack, they will be fine, but not always. It’s best to double-check!
  • Respect your pet’s boudaries: Some pets just aren’t into frolicking with unfamiliar humans and animals. If your pet is more comfortable and safer at home – maybe due to a medical condition – please leave them where they are most at ease. Or, wait until temperatures cool to plan your adventure.

Buckhead Pet Pals Pet Sitting in Atlanta

With a little planning, you and your furry friend can create lasting memories on a pet-friendly day trip near Atlanta. So, pack your poop bags, grab your leash, and get ready to explore the exciting world beyond the ATL city limits. If, however, you are planning a day trip without your pet – no judgment here! – count on us to come by and keep them company. You go and enjoy yourself and we’ll be sure that your pet has a blast back home.

Existing clients, please request services here. New clients, learn more about our onboarding process and scheduling software/app here. We welcome your questions and comments via phone at 404-303-0312 or email at

We look forward to caring for your pets and to seeing your photos from your adventures!