Planning a pawesome 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. There’s even a special Paws in the Park event in Blue Ridge every October! 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, eateries, and vacation rentals — all welcoming your fur babies — we’re pawsitive you won’t regret it.
Explore the Great Outdoors with Your Doggies
Dogs were made for the great outdoors and love to roam with their pack — that includes YOU! 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
- Mineral Springs Walking Trail — walking distance from downtown Blue Ridge!
- Stanley Gap Trail
Note: leashed dogs are allowed anywhere in the national forest, except recreational swimming areas.
MORE Outdoor Fun with Fido
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! You can also check out SniffSpot, a resource that helps you find off-leash dog parks and for-rent yards near your rental!
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.
Shop for Toys, Treats & MORE!
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, Mineral Bluff, and Morganton. It’s always nice to show off your adorable doggy in the square and stretch your legs together. For pet-friendly stores in Blue Ridge, see our quick-reference lists 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.
Pet Stores in Blue Ridge
- Love Dogs and Cats Too — sells everything from dog treats to toys to beds.
- Discount Pets — stocks dog products of all kinds at an affordable price.
- Cohutta Country Store — offers dog nutrition counseling, pet food & supplies.
Enjoy Dog-Friendly Dining
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.
Plus, most farms and wineries in the area are dog-friendly so your pups can join you for a scenic sip, Appalachian snack, and walk. As always, just remember to pick up after your dogs so these places can remain open to pets.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Blue Ridge
- 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
Unwind at Your Pet-Friendly Cabin in Blue Ridge, GA
Pet-friendly cabin rentals in North Georgia are a great choice to bring family and friends together — including your beloved pets! Where pet-friendly hotels fall short, our pet-friendly cabins offer mountain views, hot tubs, game rooms, wet bars, big screen TVs, fireplaces, firepits, outdoor lounges, grassy spaces, upscale kitchens, free Wi-Fi, self check-in, king suites, and oh-so-much more! We even have pet-friendly mountain cabins on the Toccoa River for your dog-loving hideaway in Blue Ridge.
Did we mention you can save on pet fees plus earn FREE nights when you become a Georgia CFY Rewards member? Book your pet-friendly Blue Ridge cabin rental online or give us a call at 1.800.580.5524 if you have any questions at all.
Pet Services in Blue Ridge
Pet parents will appreciate easy access to convenient pet services in Blue Ridge, GA!
Doggy Day Care
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.
Uh-oh, did your dog just chip a nail, roll in the mud on your mountain hike…or walk right up to a black furball with white stripes in a bad mood? Reach out to Krafty Kuts, Blue Ridge Grooming, or the Smooch Pooch Dog Wash for help!
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
Sat-Mon | Open 24 Hours
Tue-Fri | 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
1163 Windy Ridge Road
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Heart-Warming Pet Adoptions
Maybe you didn’t bring a dog to the Blue Ridge Mountains…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 with loving pet parents like YOU.
Get ready fur a memorable getaway with the whole family in pet-friendly Blue Ridge, GA!