Most people have fun and silly memories of camping trips with family and friends from their childhoods and while growing up, and naturally, they want to recreate those memories as adults. It’s just not the same if you have a nagging feeling of guilt the whole time because you’ve left the family pooch at home though. Luckily, there are plenty of campsites around Atlanta that will allow you to bring your pet. Just be a responsible pet parent, and keep your dog on a leash when he is outside, and you’ll have a great time with the whole family.
Duckett Mill Campground

Lake Lanier is a great go-to spot for summer outdoor adventures, and Duckett Mill Campground is one of the best camping spots on site. There is a beach for your sunbathing and swimming needs, and the campsite is pet-friendly. There are even hot showers and laundry facilities if you don’t want to be entirely “rustic.” Just leave the beer at home; no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Van Pugh South Campground

Feel free to bring your dog on your camping trip to Van Pugh South Campground, just as long as he is on a leash no longer than six feet when he is outside of your car. This is another camping option on Lake Lanier. Van Pugh South Campground has less than half of the campsites of the Duckett Mill Campground, so if you are looking for a more intimate experience, this may be a better choice. Again, there are showers, toilets and laundry facilities on site. It will remain open through September 17, 2016.

Enota Mountain Retreat

Enota is a great choice if you want a weekend in the North Georgia Mountains. If you want a romantic getaway with your partner, this is a good option, as there are hiking trails with waterfalls, and it only has 33 campsites, so it shouldn’t get too crowded. There is a bed and breakfast cabin, and there are RV sites. You will have a wooden deck, picnic table, outdoor grill and a fire pit, so it will feel more like a vacation than the rougher camping experiences. You can also stay in one of the furnished cabins.

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Creekwood Resort

This campsite located in North Georgia also has both an RV park and cabin rental options for your Atlanta getaway. It is in Helen, Georgia, surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. The cabins each have their own roads, so you will not be bothered by through traffic during your stay. It is a smaller RV park, with only 17 sites, so reserve in advance during the busy summer season. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are up to date on their shots and not in heat.

Cotton Hill Campgrounds

Another lakeside camping option is Cotton Hill Campgrounds in Fort Gaines, Georgia on the Lake Walter F. George. Again, expect all the amenities like showers, laundry and playgrounds, as well as a boat dock. There are plenty of hiking trails where you and your dog can get a workout. The campground is open all year round, and you can stay up to 14 days within a month (longer stays require approval from the Resource Site Manager).

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