While Athens is a popular place for students, it’s also a great home for pets. With a plethora of activities for dogs as well as many parks and pet friendly restaurants in the area, many students like to enjoy the city alongside their pup. Check out the best pet-friendly places to explore in Athens with your four-legged friends!
Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants Close to Campus
Big City Bread Cafe
Big City Bread Cafe is a cozy spot many locals love! This restaurant is best known for their fresh and delicious brunch selections, such as pastries, quiches, soups, and sandwiches. In addition to the amazing food, Big City Bread Cafe’s outdoor courtyard has tables where guests can enjoy a tasty treat with their pet. This area stays cool during the day from shady elm trees planted in the courtyard while at night, you can enjoy the string lights that hang outside.
El Barrio is a popular Mexican restaurant known best for their tacos and frozen margaritas. This space is mostly outdoors with tables, patio umbrellas, and a putting green on their lawn; however, they also offer limited inside seating. In addition to their beautiful green space that’s surrounded by Georgia pines, El Barrio has 3 beautiful murals created by local Athens artists. This is a great spot to spend a sunny day outside with your dog, especially during their daily taco happy hour!
Cali n Tito’s
Cali n Tito’s is a Latin and Cuban restaurant known for its eccentric decorations and tasty cuisine. Their location on South Lumpkin, only minutes away from campus, is a great place to bring your pooch and hangout with friends!
Trapeze Pub is a hybrid pub, bar, and restaurant best known for their fresh, delicious food and craft beer. The relaxed atmosphere at Trapeze makes this spot great for students and their pets looking for a savory meal!
Saucehouse is a popular BBQ restaurant located off of West Broad Street. The friendly atmosphere and rustic charm of Saucehouse is only topped by their sweet, savory BBQ. Enjoy an authentic BBQ experience with your dog in their beer garden or underneath their covered porch!
Ted’s Most Best
Ted’s Most Best is an Athens staple that students and locals love! This restaurant is popular for their artisan pizza and beautiful patio area that lights up at night – great for people and pets!
Best Places to Walk Your Dog
Milledge Avenue is best known for the historic sorority and fraternity homes that line the street. Despite Athens’ many hills, Milledge Avenue is a flat road, making it great for runs and walks with your dog!
UGA’s North Campus
UGA’s North Campus is a scenic area known for its beauty. Filled with lush gardens, grand oak trees, and large, open green spaces, as well as many historical buildings, this spot is a great place to walk your pet while also enjoying nature.
The Firefly Trail is a 39 miles long trail that connects to many major areas in Athens, including the Athens River Greenway and Dudley Park. Only a quarter mile away from the Haven’s cottages, this trail is great for Haven residents who are looking for a nearby place to walk their dog!
Athens – North Oconee River Greenway
The Athens River Greenway is a 5 mile trail that runs along the Oconee River. Surrounded by tall, shady trees, this scenic trail is both beautiful and convenient -The Haven’s central location is only 5 minutes away from this trail!
Best Dog Parks
The Bark Park at the Haven is a perfect place for your pup to get some exercise! This fenced dog park includes a large, general area for dogs of any size as well as an additional fenced off area just for small dogs. The bark park also has a full obstacle course as well as a certified dog trainer who is available for dog training and lessons each week.
Memorial Park is a great spot for dogs – in addition to its fenced dog park, the park also includes walking trails. This park has lots of shady, wooded areas, making it a great place to stay cool during the summer!
Wiggly Field is a two-acre, fenced dog park that’s great for letting your pet run and play. The meadow environment of this park includes lots of soft grass, shady trees, and brushes for dogs to explore. The park includes picnic tables, benches, water fountains for dogs and people, an agility park, and pick up bags.