When going on vacation, the first thing many may check is if they can bring their furry friends with them. Instead of having to board them up or find a pet-sitter, being able to include your pup in the fun can make vacays that much better. There are a few dog-friendly beaches and trails in Georgia where you can bring your pupper with no problems and no extra fees.

Dog parks are all fun and games until Sparky gets tired of the same ol' routine. Taking a weekend to visit a coastal Georgia beach or finding a waterfall hike in the mountains will not only give you a scenic adventure but would also serve as a nice surprise for your pooch.

A few beaches on Jekyll Island, some on St. Simons Island, and an entire secluded island on the coast will let your dog sink their paws in the sand, as well as most nature preserves and trails throughout the state.

Make sure to keep them on a leash when visiting these locations, but in some places they're welcome to run free while they soak in the sea breeze.

Driftwood Beach 

Price: Free ($6 to get onto Jekyll Island)

Address: Jekyll Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: This unique beach is filled will sun-bleached driftwood that's been there for hundreds of years. It makes for a great backdrop for pics of you and your pup.

Great Dunes Park/Beach

Price: Free ($6 to get onto Jekyll Island)

Address: Great Dunes Park Ocean View Trail, Jekyll Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: This area on the island is right on the beach and it has pavillions you can hang out in to cook some dinner for your group and your pooch. 


East Beach 

Price: Free ($8 to enter the island)

Address: 4202 1st St., St. Simons Island, GA

Why You Need To Go: The beach is hard-packed which makes it easy for your doggo to explore. It's also a great place for shelling to bring home a free souvenir.


Sapelo Island

Price: Free ($5 round-trip ferry ride to the island)

Address: 1766 Landing Rd. SE, Darien, GA 

Why You Need To Go: This island is only accessible by boat and has so many beautiful homes and nature areas you can explore. You and your furry friend can even stay the night in a cute cottage.


Morningside Nature Preserve 

Price: Free

Address: 2020 Lenox Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This nature hike leads to a preserve with a creek that's appropriately named, "Dog Beach." You can let your dog off the leash to run free.


Cascade Springs Nature Preserve 

Price: Free

Address: 2852 Cascade Rd., Atlanta, GA

Why You Need To Go: This preserve sits on 135-acres, so there are plenty of trails to explore. The Cascade Springs waterfall flows into a river where you and your pup can cool off after your hike.

Before summer ends, make sure to check out a few of these spots to let your pup experience what it's like to have some sand and water between their paws.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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