6 running trails near Atlanta's best dog parks

Dog parents, you might enjoy hitting the trails with your dog, but sometimes a pup just needs to play.

Great news in that case —you can find some of Atlanta's most beloved dog parks right next to many well-maintained trails.

The next time you plan an outing with your dog, make sure to check out these 6 trails around town that adjoin dog parks.

The Atlanta BeltLine at Piedmont Dog Park. 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-875-7275.

Situated along the Atlanta Beltline, which, when it’s completed will have 33 miles of trails for all of your walking, hiking, biking and running needs, you'll find the Piedmont Dog Park. With 3 acres of enclosed space and enough room to catch a Frisbee and reach full speed, your pooch can run and play to his heart's delight sans leash. You can easily make stopping at the Piedmont Dog Park part of a daily workout plan that both you and your dog will enjoy.

Settles Bridge Trails and Dog Park. 380 Johnson Road, Suwanee. 678-277-0910.

Settles Bridge Park sits on 268 acres and features 1.6 miles of multi-use paved and 2.9 miles of unpaved trails that you and your dog will love. After enjoying the beautiful natural scenery along the trails, stop off at the dog park where your four-legged friend can feel the freedom of running around without a leash. If you're planning a get together for other dog-loving friends and family, Settles Bridge Park also offers basketball courts, a playground and pavilions. 

Newtown Park Trails and Newtown Dream Dog Park. 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200.

If your dog could dream of the ultimate dog park, he would surely tell you that it looks just like the Newtown Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek. In this one-acre fenced play field, dogs can enjoy sprinklers, obstacles, water fountains, shelters and artificial turf. Surrounding the park, you will find over 2 miles of trails to use and enjoy before releasing your dog into his very own dream come true. 

Fowler Park Dog Park by the Big Creek Greenway. 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming. 770-886-4088.

The Big Creek Greenway features an ideal running, biking, skating and walking experience with your dog with its 12-foot-wide pathway that winds for miles through the lush woodlands along Big Creek. On your journey, stop off at the Fowler Park Dog Park so your dog can have a little fun running and playing with her friends.

Waggy World Paw Park by the Wills Park Trails. 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6130.

While you're out hiking around the almost 2 miles of trails throughout Wills Park, remember to visit Waggy World Paw Park with your pooch. This off-leash dog park features 1 and 1/2 acres with special areas just for larger and smaller dogs, water fountains and benches.

Woofstock Dog Park at the Noonday Creek Trail. 150 Dupree Road, Woodstock. 770-517-6788.

Halfway around Noonday Creek Trail, you and your dog will discover Woofstock Dog Park located across a picturesque bridge over Noonday Creek. At this playful pit stop, your dog can run and frolic without his leash, then you can both hit the trail again to finish the 3.2-mile loop.

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