Cochran Mill Park
$5 daily parking, 6875 Cochran Mill Road, Chattahoochee Hills
About 20 minutes from the Atlanta airport, the park is a great place for a half-day trip. It features several miles of trails that run through creeks and water crossings, shaded by natural forests. Some of the walk is steep hillside, so you and your pup both get a bit of a workout.
Some of the densest and most scenic forest in Atlanta is near one of the city’s busiest freeway interchanges: the Palisades Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area adjacent to the I-75/I-285 interchange in Cobb County. Miles of trails make their way along the east and west sides of the river, with bluffs and switchbacks leading down to the riverbank and back up on loop trails. - Blake Guthrie, for the AJC
Credit: Bob Andres
Credit: Bob Andres
East Palisades Trail at the Chatthoochee River
Closest street address: 1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs
Part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area right in Atlanta, the 2.5 mile loop trail departs from the Indian Trail trailhead and descends to the river. Your pup can splash in the creek along the way or swim in the river, but make sure she's on a leash on the trails.
More things to do with your dog this weekend:
Buckhead: 3225 Cains Hill Place NW. 404-266-8668
Midtown: 441 Armour Drive NE. 678-974-8147
Westside: 1736 Defoor Place NW. 678-515-7873
For intown pet pampering, Dog Days Atlanta has swimming pools designed for dogs and equipped with a copper/silver ionizer to sanitize without chlorine. The club is only for current daycare or boarding customers, temperament tests required for all new campers. Dog Days day care starts at $30 for one day with multi-day discounts.
Atlanta Dog Paddle
610 Gresham Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA
2-7 p.m. Tuesday - Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday
In the case that you have a pup with aches and pains, the Atlanta Dog Paddle fitness center may be your go-to spot. The facility features an 8’ x 16’ fiberglass swim spa and is 4 ½ ‘ deep, providing plenty of room for non-weight bearing exercise and healing massage. The benefits of the pool time are increasing joint mobility and body promoting weight loss and weight control and easing stiffness, according to Dog Paddle’s website.
A photo of a dog swimming in the water.
Red Top Mountain State Park
50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth. 770-975-4226
This is the water-loving dog's dream spot. Red Top Mountain State Park is 1,700-plus acres surrounded by thousands of acres of Lake Allatoona. Try it for a hike and if you like it, consider camping there for a water-dog weekend. You can bring a tent or rent a cabin or even a yurt.