Friday, October 24, 2014

8 Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Atlanta

Rocco takes in the view of the Midtown Atlanta skyline  from Piedmont Park
It's hard to believe, BarkWorld Expo 2014 is just around the corner!

If you're heading to Atlanta next week to attend BarkWorld and you have a little extra time, I've compiled a list of some our favorite in-town walks, perfect for you and your dogs if you are bringing them! These all are within about eight miles from Buckhead and the Westin Hotel. 
Piedmont Center nature trail


The 1.2-mile Piedmont Center nature trail is closest to the BarkWorld host hotel. It's a hidden gem that meanders behind an office complex about a mile walk from the Westin. Click here for walking directions.

Chastain Park also has a nice path around the park and is about 2.8 miles from the hotel.  Click here for driving directions.

Lenox Park has some walking paths around a pond and fountain and is about 1.5 miles away. Click here for driving directions.

Lullwater Park is one of Atlanta's hidden gems. Located next to Emory's campus, it's a lovely place for a dog walk with wooded trails, open fields, a lake and streams and all located just minutes from the city of Atlanta. Here's a post we wrote about our Walk Through Lullwater Park


Rocco at Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is the city of Atlanta's largest park, located near the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods, about a 20-minute drive from Buckhead. You can spend a few hours here, walking on both paved and wooded paths. And, if it's a dog park you're looking for, Piedmont Park has separate areas for small and large dogs. You can get a feel for the park in these posts:
A Walk Through Piedmont Park Expansion
A Walk Through Piedmont Park

The Beltline trail at 10th and Monroe



Near Piedmont Park, and actually running through it, is the start of the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. This is a really cool path that was developed where an old railroad track and previously unused space existed. It really is "found" greenspace, created from an area that was unusable for years -- covered in kudzu and other debris. Interesting art installations also seem to pop up along this path all the time. Beltine Piper used to live on the Beltline, but he's since moved to an unlisted address. 


Here are links to a few more nearby walks:

Dog Walk on Freedom Parkway Trail
A Stroll Through Winn Park


For some more helpful blog conference and travel tips with pets, check out these:
Travel Bag Comfort for You and Your Pet
A Walk Through BarkWorld Expo 2012
BarkWorld Packing Tips

See you at BarkWorld! If you're coming, please let me know in the comments below!

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28 comments:

  1. What a great idea since I'm sure many friends are headed to BarkWorld with their dogs! We have driven through Atlanta several times, but never stopped there. No BW for us, but hopefully we will meet again at BlogPaws.

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    1. Awww, we'll miss you at BarkWorld. Hope to see you next year in Nashville!

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  2. What great suggestions for walking around Atlanta. I like the Beltline concept, what a great way to put the old rail line to use. Vermont is trying something similar, converting the old tracks from St. Albans to St. Johnsbury into a multi-use trail. Should be open by the end of the summer next year.

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    1. That's so cool! I love the Beltline idea too. Before the Beltline, we didn't have a lot of good in-town trails, especially for biking here. So this is a real nice addition to the city of Atlanta.

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  3. Great suggestions for your fellow Atlantians (Atlantites?) Which one is Rocco's favorite?

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    1. Atlantans! Rocco just likes any good adventure, but I'd say Piedmont Park and the Beltline are his favorites… although Lullwater Park is pretty special too.

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  4. Hi Y'all!

    Be sure y'all carry plenty of water on your walks 'cause during the day it's still pretty warm in the southeast.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  5. Wish we were going. Atlanta is a nice place during the day
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Wish you were coming here too! We'd love to see you!

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  6. Great suggestions, that waterfall looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! We've also got some really nice waterfalls about 1.5 hours from here in the North Georgia Mountains. It's worth the drive!

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  7. Atlanta Looks like an amazing place to walk! Beautiful.

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    1. Lots of trees! It's really pretty this time of year and not so blazing hot!

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  8. Beautiful places. I miss the South... and now you made me miss it more! :)

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    1. Hope you can live a bit vicariously through our photos! It is pretty!

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  9. Those look like great walks! I wish I could be there to go walk with Rocco! Love Dolly

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    1. Aww Dolly, we wish you could come too. It'll be great to see your mama, though!

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  10. We love Piedmont Park! Wonderful walking trails, a nice dog park and great views!

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    1. It's even bigger now since they've reclaimed some overgrown space there too. We love the trails!

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  11. Great post! I'll have to check some of those places out!

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  12. What a beautiful place to live! An urban area really can be a great place to be with a dog. I will have to visit your city some day -- love the shots.

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    1. Thank you! We have some great places to walk both in-town and up in the mountains.

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  13. This one is bookmarked for when we visit! Thanks.

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  14. Gosh I want to come just to check out the parks!

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