Georgia’s Canine Hiking Challenge

The newly created Tails on Trails club encourages people and their pups to get outside.
By JoAnna Lou, June 2016, Updated June 2021
Now that summer is quickly approaching, I've seen more dogs enjoying the outdoors.

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is hoping to encourage more people to hit the trails with their pups by creating Tails on Trails. The dog-walking club, which launches this weekend, features a seven-trail hiking challenge. To participate, a membership card can be purchased for $15 through one of the seven participating parks' visitor centers, or online. As people complete the hikes, they can get the card punched by park rangers to track their progress. Once all seven hikes are finished, the card can bed redeemed for a t-shirt and dog bandanna.

Georgia State Parks also offer dog friendly cottages for those who want to make it an overnight trip.

The seven trails on the Tails On Trails challenge are:

  • Fort Mountain State Park – Lake Trail (1.1-mile loop)
  • F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Mountain Creek Trail (3.2-mile loop)
  • Don Carter State Park– Woodland Loop and Lakeview Loop Trails (1.5 miles)
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park – Red Trail (2-mile loop) and White Trail (5.2-mile loop)
  • High Falls State Park - Falls Trail (1.5-mile loop)
  • Fort McAllister State Park – Redbird Creek Trail (3.1-mile loop)
  • Red Top Mountain State Park – White Tail Trail (1-mile loop)
Will you be hiking with your dogs this summer? Check out our article on how to prepare for a future trek.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.