Dog-Walking Near Atlanta

Henry County
A Dog Cartoon (Henry County)

Your pooch will certainly find the drive to Henry County worth her time as she explores the many parks here. Laddie likes the fact that the county is more flat than those to the north, and Bandit enjoys all the lakes and streams. As elsewhere, a leash law is in effect, and your dog must wear her rabies tag at all times.


Parks and Recreation Areas

Fairview Civic Center
You and your leashed pal can choose sun or shade at this pleasant park with a large manicured area on one side and woods on the other. A paved path circles the woods. The park also has a lighted baseball field, a playground, and picnic areas.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. From Interstate 675, take the Ellenwood/Panola Road exit and turn east. The park is located on Panola Road.

Hidden Valley Park
The quarter-mile paved loop trail at this park is worth a visit. Although the trail is short, it's heavily wooded, giving you and your leashed pooch ample shade. It also offers a more natural feel than is typical for such a short trail, since the woods block off any views of the parking lots and ball fields. We've met some of the local dogs on this trail, out to stretch their legs with their companions. One woman pointed out a gravel road that leads off the picnic pavilion and winds down to a pretty creek with good access, allowing your pup to cool off in the water. A dirt road continues out the other side from a bridge over the creek, but it doesn't look as if it has been used in some time. If you drive down to the creek, there's a turnaround on the far side of the bridge.

I recommend taking the loop trail in a counterclockwise direction and then walking down to the creek. You probably won't see anyone in either place without a dog in tow, and your pooch will enjoy sniffing out the scents left by the locals. The park also has baseball and softball fields and basketball courts.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. From Atlanta, take Interstate 285 to Interstate 675 and head south. Exit at Panola Road/Fairview Road. Hidden Valley Park is located on Fairview Road in Ellenwood. (770) 954-2031.


Parks and Recreation Areas

Claude T. Fortson Memorial Gardens
Set next to the library, this lovely park—also known locally as Miss Claude's Garden—has attractive walking paths, with a nice canopy of trees providing shade. Your leashed pooch should enjoy sniffing out traces of the local canines.

Hours are daily from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south of Interstate 285. Take the Highway 20 exit at McDonough and turn right. Stay on Highway 20 until you reach Hampton and turn left onto Old Griffin Road. The park is located next to the Fortson Public Library at Old Griffin Road and Fortson Drive.

Wiley Evans Park
Though this small park is located next to an elementary school (much too distracting for Bandit), the walking trail around the playground and two baseball fields is pleasant enough for stretching your leashed pup's legs. Lucky pooches might find a tennis ball behind the courts. There's a small ditch-with water in the spring and the summer, but even Bandit isn't impressed by it.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. Coming into Hampton on Highway 20 from McDonough, turn right on Main Street, right on Oak Street, and right on College Street to reach Wiley Evans Park.

Locust Grove

If you haven't been to Locust Grove, you're in for a treat. The town is full of stately old homes dripping with gingerbread, turrets, gables, and wraparound porches.

Parks and Recreation Areas

Warren Holder Park
The two creeks that flow through this park are sure to mean a paw-stomping good time for your leashed pooch. Park your car where the pavement ends and walk down the gravel road. This mostly sunny trail leads to a water treatment plant, which is a tiny structure inside a fence, then circles back to the parking area. A large field by the parking area is also good for walking your pup. You'll find both open fields and wooded areas here, so your pooch can head for a sunny or shady spot. Amenities include football and baseball fields and picnicking areas.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to midnight. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south to the Locust Grove exit and turn left. Turn right onto U.S. 23/Highway 42, then left onto Peeksville Road. The park is located on Peeksville Road.

Shopping in Locust Grove

McLemore Antique Gallery: I love antique shops and I love having my dogs with me, so I love this dog-friendly shop. Just one mile east of Interstate 75 at exit 68, it carries beautiful furniture and glassware.
3833 Highway 42, Locust Grove, GA 30248; (770) 957-8822.

Places to Stay

Super 8 Motel: The rate for a double room is $40, plus a $3 per day charge for your pooch.
4605 Hampton Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248; (770) 957-2936.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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