Why leave your furry friends at home when they can travel with you? Georgia’s Lake Country offers lots of attractions, restaurants and accommodations that welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes. So gather the whole family and explore everything that both Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair have to offer.
A Doggie Day in Milledgeville
Located along the Oconee River in Milledgeville, the Greenway is a great place to let the kids run off some energy. Home to miles of trails, paths, and boardwalks, the park is also a beautiful place to walk, jog, or bike with your furry companion. Another huge perk to this park is the double-sided dog park for puppy parents who want to take a break and let go of the leash!
After the park, treat yourself and your four-legged friend to a refreshing dessert! At SweeTreats in downtown Milledgeville, you can get ice cream or frozen yogurt, with customizable flavors, or any of their to-die-for baked goods. SweeTreats also has pup-friendly yogurt ice cream– blended with peanut butter and topped with a doggie bone! Benches and tables are outside to ensure a seat for everyone. Bone Appetit!
If you wear yourselves out and are looking to stay the night in Milledgeville, try the Antebellum Inn. This is a pet-friendly B&B with two parlors and five unique, spacious bedroom suites. In addition they have a pool cottage, which is an ideal place for an extended stay or family-travel.
Photocredit: Milledgeville CVB
Furry Friends in Eatonton
Indulge in the beauty of the Briar Patch Trail Park and Butterfly Habitat. This .25 mile walking trail will take you through a native plant garden that is specifically designed to attract butterflies. The park is pet-friendly (must be on a leash) and even has special doggie cleanup bags available, so don’t fret if you forget yours at home. Have a seat on “Papa’s Porch” in a relaxing rocking chair or climb up the observation tower to get a bird’s eye view of the action below.
Feeling Hungry? Take the short drive (about 12 minutes) to Lake Oconee and enjoy the lake views from the patio of Georgia Butts BBQ, which is also dog-friendly. This way you can keep your furry best friend by your side all day.
The Lodge on Lake Oconee invites pet owners to stay on their 1st and 2nd floors for a small extra fee. Take advantage of their lakeside location and enjoy all the area’s activities like golf, fishing, boating, and shopping.
Photocredit: Butterflies and blooms in the Briar Patch
Man’s best friend in Madison
Visit Hard Labor Creek State Park, which offers an endless list of activities for all family members to enjoy, including the furry ones! Take in the beautiful scenery while kayaking, fishing, or playing a round of golf!
When you finish exploring the park, venture into downtown Madison to enjoy authentic Italian food at Ricardo’s Kouzzina. Let your canine buddy tag along for the day and grab a seat at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables. Start your lunch or dinner with an order of oven baked feta, wrapped in foil with tomatoes, olive oil and herbs, and served with pita bread. Then try the butternut squash ravioli! Yummmy!
If you are looking for somewhere to stay when the day is done, try the Quality Inn of Madison where you and your furry friend can enjoy free continental breakfast and coffee, free wireless high-speed Internet access, free local calls, free weekday newspaper and a seasonal outdoor pool.
Photo Credit: Madison-Morgan CVB
A Pup’s Paradise in Greensboro
Oconee Brewing Company is a 3,600 square foot craft beer production center housed in a renovated cotton mill warehouse. O.B.C. guarantees good beer and good times with the whole family, including your fur babies. The family-friendly brewery features board games and corn hole to keep everyone entertained.
For a special treat, travel to the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds for a lakeside dining experience at Gaby’s by the Lake. Whether you arrive by boat or by car, the staff is ready to welcome you and help you enjoy the casual menu, signature chilled cocktails and the stunning view.
The beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds also provides luxury dog-friendly lodging on Lake Oconee. Relax with your pup after a long day of fun playing in the lake and soaking up the sun on the resort’s sandy beach.
photo credit: Visit Lake Oconee.
Kaitlyn Parham is the Tourism and Special Events Coordinator for the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. As such, she enjoys experiencing the hidden gems Georgia has to offer firsthand and sharing those experiences with visitors.