Friday, August 2, 2013

Hike and Dine near Dog-friendly Dahlonega, Ga.: Hiking Woody Gap with Dogs!

One of the great things about Atlanta is it's an easy drive to the North Georgia mountains, where you'll find plenty of hiking trails and the start of the Appalachian Trail.

Last Sunday, we headed up to Woody Gap for a nice hike with Rocco and his pal Nicky.

There's nothing like two Havanese hiking the Appalachian trail! The boys had a blast, and the portion of the trail we hiked was relatively easy with just a few rocks to scramble over and trees to climb over or under... your choice, if you're a short pup.

Woody Gap is located off of GA 60 near Suches, Ga. Take a look at our adventure!...

Starting down the trails with Rocco and Nicky.

Which way to go? Over or under?

Rocco vaults over (in a blur!) while Nicky chooses the low road.

Mountain dog!

Rocco says we need to run this trail! And we did for a little bit.

And then stopped to enjoy the view... and smells.

The view from Woody Gap
After a brisk hike, we took a scenic drive past Mountain Crossings, a nifty hiking store and full-service outfitter with another terrific view.

The Appalachian Trail passes through the building at Mountain Crossings, marking the only covered portion of the trail's 2,100-plus miles.

We met this kitty pal outside the outfitter.

The view from the deck at Mountain Crossings
 And took in another great view.

Enter the Oar House from this charming front porch
After working up an appetite, it was time to find a spot for lunch. We used to find a selection of dog-friendly restaurants in the area. We chose the Oar House, with a large riverfront deck, just outside of Dahlonega.

The Oar House provided a beautiful dog-friendly setting, and the food was delicious too.

Rocco and Nicky were happy hanging out under the table with a view of the river.

If that wasn't enough activity for one day, we decided to head to the town of historic Dahlonega for a walk about town.

All the shops allowed us to bring the dogs in and then we finished off the day with a carriage ride! Wow! What a great day!

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  1. Loved the views & all the activity. What a great day out!!!!

  2. Beautiful! (I knew super agility dog Rocco was going to go over that downed tree!) I'm not sure our boys would have dealt so well with the horses. Thanks for sharing this great FitDog adventure!

  3. Great photos - love that view in Woody Gap. And the name of the park...Chattahoochee!! Woohoo!

  4. A beautiful place and an awesome hike!

  5. Looks like you had a great day. Love the photos.

  6. Wow what a great day! Did Rocco drink your water again? Love Dolly

  7. That looks like fun! So nice to see that every place was so dog friendly!

  8. Great hike Diane..There's some beautiful trails in N. GA...I still have a piece of pottery I bought in Dahlonega about a zillion years ago...Murphy & Cecil were the dogs with me on that trip

  9. What a great adventure!! The pictures are beautiful, what a fun day out with the dogs!!

  10. What an awesome adventure and right near your home!!!! *high paws* The views are gorgeous.

  11. The vegetation is different but your trail looks a lot like ours. I didn't know that the Appalachian trail passed through a building. That is really cool.

  12. What a great adventure you had! We've hiked parts of the AT in Virginia and North Carolina, but never been down to the Georgia part of it. And I'm very impressed that Rocco and Nicky went on a carriage ride! I thought I was the only doggie brave enough to do that!


  13. That looks like so much fun!!! If it wasn't for it being major tick season here, Maya, Pierson, and I would be doing more hiking. I hate ticks! Do you have tick problems there in Georgia?

  14. those dogs look like they love the outdoors, mine does too! can't sit still

  15. Wow, you really packed a lot into one day! It all looks like it was lots of those views. That is really interesting that the AT goes right through that building.

  16. Looks like a great hiking spot! I'm moving back to Atlanta next year when I get back I will have to take my Joker there!

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