Fido-Friendly Blue Ridge

Fido-Friendly Blue Ridge: Where to Stay, Play, Hike and Eat with Your Four-Legged Bestie

Thinking of your next getaway, but couldn’t dream of leaving the furry children behind? Then Blue Ridge is where you need to visit. Fannin County is exceptionally dog-friendly, with patios, shops, trails and cabins you and Fido can enjoy together.

Swinging Bridge Hike

Heavenly Hiking

Drive about five miles into the Chattahoochee National Forest to Three Forks where you park and hike to Long Creek Falls, one of the shining gems in Blue Ridge. This two-mile, round-trip hike features a 50-foot waterfall. If your pup likes to splash, he’ll love it here.

Want a longer excursion? You and your pup will love a trip over the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi. Head south on the Benton MacKaye Trail from Hwy 60. You’ll reach the Toccoa River and Swinging Bridge at about three miles. Be sure to splash in the river before heading back; it’s amazingly refreshing!

Pro Tip: Please honor the Fannin County "leash-law" ordinance for the safety of your pup and others.

Main Street Blue Ridge

Shopping Time

You’ll find everything you need for your doggy at Blue Ridge Cotton Company, and he’s even welcome inside where he can meet the official store dog, Watson Agee. There is a sensational array of apparel and gifts, books and journals, and so much more. The best news? The owners donate 1% of every purchase to a number of animal charities in the area.

High Country Art gallery features art of almost every medium, from folk art to photography to pottery and ceramics. Their mission is to stay local, working with artists from Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. And of course, your well-behaved hound is welcome inside with open arms.

Dining at Toccoa River Restaurant

Chow Down
You can’t visit Blue Ridge without grabbing a bite to eat, and there is no reason to leave Fido back at the cabin when you do. These restaurants all welcome you and your canine friend on their outdoor patio tables.

Black Sheep Restaurant. Boasting the largest outdoor seating area in Blue Ridge, this is a great place to indulge. Oysters, lamb, steaks…mmmm! There is also a sizeable wine, beer and cocktails menu, to boot. This is also a great option for Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Blue Jeans Pizza. In addition to pizza and calzones, you’ll find pasta, burgers and subs.

Grumpy Old Men Brewing or Fannin Brewing Company. Looking for live music and a cold beer? These options are perfect for you and your pup.

Harvest on Main. Here you’ll find delicious bites that have made it a favorite for upscale casual dining in the Downtown area.

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. Fresh trout, delicious steaks, delightful salads…all with unmatched views of the Toccoa. Grabbing lunch or dinner on their patio/bar with your doggie will be unforgettable for both of you.

Slumber Options

You won’t want to bring Fido to Blue Ridge without making it an extended stay! That’s the best way to enjoy all the dog-friendly adventures.

The following places offer pet-friendly accommodation options. Just be sure to follow the cabin rules about designated pet waste areas, pets on furniture, leaving your pet alone in the rental and cleaning up mishaps.

There are numerous dog-friendly rental cabins in the area–almost too many to mention. The list below includes our partner cabin rental companies that promote their pet-friendly cabins and share guidelines online. Remember, always tell your cabin rental company you are bringing a pet, even if pets are allowed. Many places will charge additional fees without prior knowledge of your furry friend.

Above the Rest Luxury Cabin Rentals. Pet fees range from $10-$30/night/dog, depending on size and breed and will be included in your balance due upon arrival, and shown on your reservation confirmation.

Acorn & Mountain Escapes. Cabins allow pets but there is an additional cleaning fee of $35. This does not cover any damage or "accidents" they may have. Crating is required if you leave them alone.

Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins. Pet-friendly cabin rentals available, and they require a $25 fee per pet, per stay

Blue Sky Cabin Rentals. There are numerous options here to welcome your pet. There is no general pet-fee, though some cabins may require a security deposit.

Cabin Rentals of Georgia. They require a refundable $250 pet deposit and $50/night/pet.

Copperhead Lodge. Pets are welcome in the cabins but not the Lodge rooms. There is a one-time $35 non-refundable pet fee.

Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals. All pet-friendly rentals are subject to a non-refundable $30 flat pet fee. A pet damage hold of $100.00 per pet, per stay is required on your credit card. There are a number of other restrictions and rules, as well, so be sure to check their website.

Enchanted Mountain Retreats. You’re invited to bring one family dog free of charge; additional dogs require a fee. Pet limits vary by house.

Escape to Blue Ridge. Pets are allowed in authorized properties only at a rate of $15 per night, per pet. No more than two pets are allowed in any property and size may be restricted.

Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals. Pets are only allowed on some properties. All pets must be pre-authorized by the rental company and a non-refundable pet fee of $62.50, plus tax, will be charged per pet for the entire stay. No more than two pets are allowed to occupy the property at any time.

Morning Breeze Cabin Rentals. You are allowed up to two dogs with a small $30 pet fee in each of their pet-friendly Blue Ridge, Georgia, cabin rentals. (Dogs only, no other pets allowed).

Mountain Oasis. They only have a few properties that are not "pet-friendly" and have a few that do require a pet deposit. As long as you are staying in one of the pet-friendly properties, you are allowed up to two dogs, 50 pounds or less (no cats). They do have a pet policy and as long as the items in the policy are met, they do not charge for pets (exceptions apply).

Mountain Top Cabin Rentals. Pet-friendly properties here do not allow any dogs over 60 pounds overall, with certain properties having a lesser weight limit, and a limit of no more than two dogs per property. There is a $35 fee if a pre-registered pet occupies the property.

My Mountain Cabins. Almost all the cabins here are pet-friendly but a few do not allow pets for medical reasons of the cabin owner. Please refer to the profile description of the rental cabin you are selecting.

Paradise Hills. They have a few cabins that allow dogs. There is a one-time $25 pet fee per dog and a two dog maximum allowance for any cabin.

Sliding Rock Cabins. The owners here have a lenient pet policy and encourage you to follow the rules in order to keep it that way. Many cabins allow up to four dogs, and fenced yards in some cabins means more “unleashed” freedom for Fido.

Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals. Several vacation rentals allow up to two dogs and require a $150 non-refundable pet fee when making a reservation. Size/weight restrictions may apply based on the property, and an additional $50 fee is required to bring a second dog.

Stress Buster Cabin Rentals. A number of pet-friendly options require a fee of $30 per pet.

The Last Resort. Guests are required to pay $10 per night, per pet fee, cash or check, upon arrival.

Toccoa House Properties. Owner agrees to pay a fee of $25 per night, per pet. Be sure to read the website for other fees and rules.

Willow Creek Cabin Rentals. These dog-friendly properties are only open to dogs, no other animals permitted. Arrangements must be made in advance, and a non-refundable pet fee is required. Call for details.

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