Planning a pawsome weekend getaway to North Georgia is easy when you plan to stay in pet-friendly Blue Ridge, GA. Filled with pet-friendly things to do in town and the national forest, Blue Ridge offers pet lovers an ideal place to spend quality time with the whole family. Trust us — your furry, 4-legged companion will appreciate the opportunity to make memories with YOU.
After all, we all know how sad things get when we have to leave our precious pups behind with a sitter or at an expensive boarding facility…that sweet little face is just too much! Fur-get parting ways and bring along your doggies to enjoy a well-deserved vacation in the pet-friendly Blue Ridge Mountains! With hiking trails, parks, shops, and eateries — all welcoming your fur babies — we’re pawsitive you won’t regret it.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
Dogs were made for the great outdoors and love to roam. Think of all the sights, smells, and sounds your pup will enjoy on a hike through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Hiking trails leading to waterfalls, swinging bridges, and scenic overlooks are just the tip of the iceberg in the North Georgia Mountains.
Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails
- Appalachian Trail
- Benton MacKaye Trail
- Duncan Ridge Trail
- Green Mountain via Whissenhunt Loop
- Long Branch Loop Trail
- Stanley Gap Trail
Leashed dogs are allowed anywhere in the national forest except recreational swimming areas. For swimming with your canines, we recommend planning a day on Lake Blue Ridge. The Aska Adventure Area features Lilly Pad Village that’s pet-friendly with picnic spots, hiking, and water fun. And you can play at separate fenced-in areas for small or large dogs at the Humane Society of Blue Ridge Dog Park!
Pro Tip: Regardless of where you go, please respect the Fannin County leash law and keep your doggies on leashes at all times while exploring together.
Dog-friendly places in Blue Ridge, GA, are everywhere! You can even go out for a day of shopping in downtown Blue Ridge or neighboring pet-friendly towns — including Ellijay, Cherry Log, Blairsville, and Morganton. It’s always nice to show off your adorable doggy in the square and stretch your legs together. For pet-friendly shops in Blue Ridge, see our list below.
- Blue Ridge Adventure Wear — offers doggy donuts!
- Blue Ridge Adventure Gear — has glow-in-the-dark balls & life jackets for dogs.
- Blue Ridge Cotton Company — donates 1% of purchases to local animal charities.
- Gather Blue Ridge — boasts a selection of dog items and decor for pet parents.
- High Country Art — showcases traditional and modern art pieces.
- Humble Pie Boutique — features Bohemian-style ladieswear.
- Love Dogs and Cats Too — sells everything from dog treats to toys to beds.
Hiking through the national forest, shopping all day, and perusing downtown can leave you parched and hungry. Instead of whisking your doggie back to your cabin rental, continue your adventure at a pet-friendly restaurant in Blue Ridge. Some places offer dog-friendly treats; however, we recommend packing and bringing your own dog bowls, food, and water just in case.
- Black Sheep Restaurant
- Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta
- Boat Dock Bar & Grill
- Danielle’s Cafe
- Grumpy Old Men Brewing
- Fannin Brewing Company
- Fightingtown Tavern
- Harvest on Main
- Mercier Orchards
- Serenity Garden Cafe
- The Blue Coyote
- Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Pet parents will appreciate easy access to convenient pet services in Blue Ridge, GA. Treat yourself to a date with your spouse, go ziplining, or plan a morning at a local festival without leaving Fido by themselves when you drop them off at Evolutionary K9 for a day of puppy pampering and play.
Maybe you didn’t bring a dog…but you can leave with one! Stop by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (a no-kill shelter) to adopt a new family member before heading home. Of course, cats are also an option! We believe all fur babies deserve happy homes and a chance to live a long, healthy life.
Emergency Vet Clinic
Should something unfortunate happen (though we pray it doesn’t) after normal clinic hours or on the weekend, take your pup to the hospital without scrambling for information by knowing where the closest open urgent care for pets is beforehand.
Mountain Emergency Animal Center
1163 Windy Ridge Road
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Sat – Mon | Open 24 Hours
Tues – Fri | 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Georgia Cabins for YOU
Expanding with pet-friendly cabin rentals soon, Georgia Cabins for YOU is a great choice to bring your family and friends together. Our current selection of vacation rentals offers mountain views, hot tubs, game rooms, wet bars, big screen TVs, fireplaces, firepits, outdoor lounges, upscale kitchens, free Wi-Fi, king suites, and oh-so-much-more!
Check back often to see when our pet-friendly cabins in Blue Ridge, GA, become available. In the meantime, feel free to plan a stay to check out the area before you bring your fur baby along. You can book a Blue Ridge cabin rental online or give us a call at 1.800.580.5524 if you have any questions at all.
Get ready fur a memorable getaway with the whole family in pet-friendly Blue Ridge, GA!