Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites challenges hikers and their four-legged companions to venture the trails with their dog walking club, Tails on Trails. Hikers who tackle all seven trails earn a t-shirt to proclaim their bragging rights and pups receive a bandana to show their participation.
Details: Tails on Trails membership card $15, gastateparks.org
1. Red Top Mountain, Acworth
Take in the scenery on this light hike along the 1-mile White Tail Trail loop through a hardwood forest that ends overlooking Lake Allatoona.
2. Fort Mountain, Chatsworth
With easy access from the campground, lower guest cottages and day-use area, the 1.1-mile Lake Trail loop makes for a great activity on a nature-filled weekend getaway.
3. Don Carter, Gainesville
Enjoy the 38,000 acres of beauty within Georgia’s newest state park on the 1.5-mile Lakeview loop, taking its name from the area where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. Or, keep it breezy by walking in the shade of the forest on the 1.5-mile Woodland loop.
4. Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill
Far to the east, the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail loop cascades through salt marshes and coastal wetlands under a blanket of Spanish moss.
5. F.D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain
The 3.2-mile Mountain Creek Trail loop weaves a scenic route through Georgia’s largest state park. Get there around sunrise or sunset and you might see a deer grazing in forest glades or hear a woodpecker searching for a snack.
6. High Falls, Jackson
The breathtaking waterfall view and chance to cool off in the Towliga River rewards a moderately difficult 1.5-mile Falls Trail loop through hilly forests.
7. Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs
Whether on the 2-mile Red Trail loop or 5-mile White Trail loop, explore the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, abandoned and destroyed at the end of the Civil War.