Dog-Walking Near Atlanta

Henry County - McDonough
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Here's another delightful town full of antebellum homes with huge, wraparound porches and architectural interest. Every time I drive through I debate stopping at a real estate office, just to check it out. With the boys along, though, it's not a good time to house hunt.

Parks and Recreation Areas

Big Spring Park
Your leashed pooch will enjoy wetting his whiskers while you read the plaque stating the"City of McDonough was founded at this site in 1825 due to the abundant water flowing from this natural spring." There's also a four-mile paved walking track so you can both stretch your legs, plus tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, a playground, and a football field.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south to the Highway 20/Highway 81/McDonough exit and turn left. In downtown McDonough, turn left onto Lawrenceville Street, then left onto Spring Street and into the park.

Franklin Rape Field
As you might guess from the sign that greets you at this park—a giant baseball bat and ball—baseball is the name of the only game here. Unless your pooch is a big fan of the sport, he'll find little more to do than lift his leg. Leashes are a must.

Hours are daily from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south to the Highway 20/Highway 81/McDonough exit and turn left. Stay on Highway 81 through downtown McDonough. The park is located next to J. B. Henderson Elementary School on Highway 81.

Public Park
Set on McDonough's town square, this small park is home to a commemorative statue dedicated to "Our Confederate Dead," erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910. It's a convenient place for a quick squat if you and your leashed pooch are out investigating the eclectic shops in the area.

The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south to the Highway 20/Highway 81/ McDonough exit and turn left. Stay on Highway 81 through downtown McDonough. The park is located on the square in front of the courthouse.

Sandy Ridge Park
The paved walking track around the basketball courts in this park won't keep your pooch amused for long, but the horsey smells at the Lindsey A. Maddox equestrian arena just might. You and your leashed pup can also explore several large fields in the park, but don't be surprised if he tries to pull you back to the arena. Be sure to bring lots of water. Though the park is surrounded by tall trees, you won't find much shade on the walking path, at the arena, or out in the fields. The park also has a baseball field and a playground.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south to the Highway 20/Highway 81/McDonough exit and turn left. Stay on Highway 81 through downtown McDonough. Turn right onto Keys Ferry Road to reach the park.

Windy Hill Park
Don't be alarmed when you see the "NO PETS" sign as you drive into this park. In small letters it adds "allowed during activities," and refers to pets in the fenced baseball fields, a rule you would have followed regardless. The paved walking trail is half a mile long. There's also a small creek, but with no easy way to get to the water, you might end up taking an unplanned bath if your pooch likes water as much as mine do. Amenities include soccer and soft ball in addition to the baseball fields, a horseshoe court, and a 260-foot-long "Women's Field," where the women's softball league games are held.

Hours are daily from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. From Atlanta, take Interstate 75 south to the Highway 20/Highway 81/McDonough exit and turn left. Turn right on Phillips Drive. Turn right on Windy Hill Road, the second road to the right.


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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