South Carolina is full of beautiful rural neighborhoods like Alston. Alston is home to the renowned Palmetto Peak Trails where you can take your dogs and explore a historic area all day long. Which foot trails, bridges, and creeks galore, your dog will love spending the day sniffing and running around this puptastic place. Just don’t forget to keep Fido on a leash at all times, and pick up any waste. You’ll also want to bring some water and doggie waste bags with you. Being a very rural town, you will find most fuel stops and dives are welcoming to travelers and their furry co-pilots along the way!
South Carolina is one of those places that has beautiful roads which stretch for miles. About a half hour south of Alston is one of the closest towns with attractions specifically for your furry friends. Earlewood, located in the northern region of Columbia, is home to the NOMA Bark Park. This huge, fenced-in dog park is the perfect place to take your pup for an afternoon of wonder. The park has waste stations, water stations, and plenty of room for both large and small dogs to have a doggone good time! All you need to bring is some energy and Fido’s favorite toy.
Laurel Falls is a small and quiet neighborhood about a 45-minute drive from Alston. This area is home to Gibson Pond Park, which has a beautiful trail that you can circle with your dog. Laurel Falls is just minutes away from the Lexington Paw Park. This fenced dog park is a great place to visit with your dog for a day of fun in the sun. If it’s hot outside, you can visit Lake Murray, which rests right in between Alston and Lexington. The lake stretches for miles and is surrounded by dog-friendly trails for hiking and walking. Just be sure to keep your pal on a leash!
Not quite an island, this piece of land is part of the beautiful Lake Murray area. Thirty minutes south of Alston, Dreher Island has its own state park, villas, and tackle shop. If your pup loves beaches or enjoys going out fishing with you for the day, a trip to Dreher Island is a must for the both of you. Don’t worry; your dog will leave the big fish for you to catch! If you want to stay a while, the park has designated camping spots pawfect for you and your dog to get away from it all for a night or even a weekend.
A quick 20-minute drive southeast from Alston will bring you to a hidden gem in South Carolina: Lake Murray of Richland. This part of Lake Murray is its own community with tons of waterfront areas where you can take your dog for a tail waggin’, splash-makin’, barkin’ good time! When you both get hungry, the Rusty Anchor is a dive designed for marina enthusiasts with plenty of outdoor dining areas for you to sit back and refuel. This special part of the lake is perfect for the whole furry family to spend the day or even the week getting closer to nature.