Just over 34 miles from Iola is Bryan, Texas. It’s a bit of a drive, but the area and its surrounding neighborhoods offer quite a bit of paw-portunities for you and your pooch! This neighborhood is home to the Morris “Buzz” Hamilton Dog Park, a 5-acre dog park that offers more than just a play area for your dog. There are also walking trails, agility equipment for exercise, water fountains, shaded areas, and more. There are even three separate play areas to choose from! If that works up an appetite, head over to the next-door Christopher’s World Grill, where you and your pooch can dine at an outdoor table.
Cat Hollow of College Station, TX, is about 27 miles from Iola, and despite its name, it’s the perfect place for your pup. Canine Station sits here, and this beautiful dog park is sure to get four paws up from your furry friend. The fenced-in park is the perfect place for small and large dogs to play (there are separate areas for safety!) and includes a creek, agility equipment, and plenty of wide open space to explore. The neighborhood also boasts a Banfield Pet Hospital, dedicated to giving your best friend awesome health care, and a PetSmart Grooming location to keep her looking her best.
Wolf Pen Creek is just a couple of miles south of Cat Hollow. In addition to a pet-friendly hotel in the neighborhood, you and your dog will feel right at home with the College Station PETCO store. Here, you and your well-behaved dog can shop the day away for toys, food, and other important supplies. The neighborhood also has Pampered Paws Pet Spa, the perfect spot for your dog to get completely pampered with professional bathing and grooming services – and it even makes house calls! As for food, you can enjoy the dog-friendly Harvey Washbangers, which features some locally-popular sandwiches, beers, and more.
A little over 36 miles from Iola is Downtown Huntsville, TX. This neighborhood is the home of Sam Houston State University, Elliot T. Bowers Stadium, and more. And, it also has a few fun paw-friendly things for you and your pooch, like the Eastham-Thomason Park. This dog park has lots of beautiful grass to run on and sits within the main park, which has everything from picnic areas to an aquatic center. Your leashed dog is allowed to join you on the walking paths. Also in the neighborhood is the Eclectic Coffeehouse Studio and Gallery, with unique options for soup, pizza, and more. The outdoor patio is pup-friendly!
It will take you a little over an hour to drive to Shenandoah in Conroe, TX from Iola. But, if you don’t mind a drive, you can easily spend a day in the area filling your schedule with dog-friendly activities. This area is the home of PETCO Conroe, so you’ll have easy access to all your doggie care needs. If you’re an athletic person, you can visit Luke’s Locker with your leashed dog to browse the selection of athletic clothing and shoes. With a Banfield Pet Hospital in the neighborhood, you can rest assured that your dog’s health needs are taken care of. And, Conroe Coffee is a must-visit place offering outdoor seating for you and your dog and some of the area’s best coffees, pastries, and more.