Pet-Friendly Savannah: Parks and Cemeteries

Dogs staring at Savannah gate

Chewy and Abby at one of the many ornate gates

We never know whether a city or a state will be pet-friendly until we visit it.  For us, pet-friendly means that a city must have two important things: excellent on-leash walks and off-leash areas. 

Walking in Savannah Blossoms in Savannah
House in Savannah House in Savannah

Walking in Savannah

On the on-leash front, Savannah succeeds.  The city is meant for walking.  If you’re not walking, you’re not seeing much of the city.  So, pack a comfortable pair of shoes, a sturdy leash for your dog, and head out into the Historic District.

Forsyth Park

Fountain at Forsyth Park Us at Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park


Pets and their owners haunt the large greenspace in the center of the city at Forsyth Park.  We also walked the dogs through the smaller greenspace at Colonial Park Cemetery closer to the riverfront and through all of the very green squares that intersect the city in a grid.

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Dogs are also welcome at Bonaventure Cemetery, one of Savannah’s most beautiful attractions. 

Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park

Dogs are also welcome at Skidaway Island State Park, but the park is not particularly impressive, due primarily to the noise from construction in the nearby area, and the pathways can be quite narrow. 

Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park

It goes without saying that you must clean up after your dog and keep them on leash at all of these places.

Shots of Savannah pub

Savannah Six Pence pub (with its pet-friendly patio)

Though there are plenty of good walks with pets on leash, we found few good off-leash areas.  The small Savannah Dog Park and Beasley Dog Park were crowded and tiny.  The Beasley Dog Park was little larger than an average-sized suburban dog park.

We hope that Savannah continues to improve its off-leash areas because it has the potential to be a fantastic pet-friendly Southern city.

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08/17/2011 04:41
Just found you over at PBU! What an adventure y'all are on! And you're sharing it! Wahoo! Thanks y'all :D

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08/21/2011 05:47
Thanks Roo! And thanks for coming on over here!
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08/21/2011 05:46
Thanks so much Boondocks! :)
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08/17/2011 10:23
My people went to Savannah several years ago & loved it! Next time maybe I'll get to go!

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08/21/2011 05:41
Oskar, I hope they do because Savannah is great fun for pups!
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08/17/2011 13:24
Greetings from the UK... when are you heading over here? What a lovely blog, I look forward to keeping up with your adventures. (btw Oskar sent me!)
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08/21/2011 05:43
Thanks Laura! We actually arrived in the UK 2 weeks ago and will be writing about our adventures here (so far) in a couple of weeks. We're loving how pet-friendly the UK is!
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08/18/2011 14:59
Love the picture of the dogs at the ornate gate!
08/23/2011 12:21
Thanks Karen!
05/14/2013 19:08
We traveled through the state of Georgia staying at different parks the whole way, and found Skidaway Island State Park to be the MOST beautiful and interesting in terms of ecology, views, hiking options, etc! I have no idea what you mean by saying it's not impressive.
05/22/2013 13:14
Krista, Hmmm . . . well, maybe we didn't go far enough into the park. We weren't that impressed with it but we also tend to prefer mountain hiking more than that type.
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