Although there are only a few park in Jacksonville designated for dogs, the canines of the city (and their people) still have plenty of places to romp and play and enjoy the great outdoors. Parks are located in various places throughout the city, downtown along the river and the shores of Wilson Bay, and in many of the city's neighborhoods. Each one has something unique and special to offer, and each is open not only to the city's residents but also to the city's visitors. Take your pet for a walk along the waterfront at the Riverwalk Crossing Park or Sturgeon City Park in the downtown area. Enjoy the scenery with your faithful companion by your side. Although pets are welcome in all parks, according to city ordinance, they must be kept on leashes at all times.
Walking enthusiasts will enjoy taking their pets with them when the explore the "rail-trail," a trial that runs through the city. The Jacksonville-Camp LeJune Rails-to-Trails is part of a nationwide network of such trails that follow the path of former railroad lines.
Several restaurants allow pets in their outdoor seating areas. Among them are Mission BBQ, Old Chicago, and Red Robin. Mission BBQ goes one step further by providing waters bowls for your pooches.
Six motels in Jacksonville provide accommodations for pooches and their owners: Extended Stay America, Baymont Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites, Candlewood Suites, Home2 Suites, and Staybridge Suites. Each charges an extra fee for pets, ranging from $15 to $150, depending on location, type of dog, etc. Be sure to check each motel's current rules and regulations for pets before bringing yours with you.
The Cabin Creek Campground & Mobile Home also allows pets. They are only permitted in your personal RV or on your camping site and must be on leashes when outdoors. Certain breeds are not allowed, and none are permitted in any rental units.
Lots of great parks and pet-friendly restaurants and motels make Jacksonville, NC a great place for pets and their people.
Located in Midway Park, just minutes west of the Piney Green, NC neighborhood, the Jacksonville-Camp Lejeune Rails-to-Trails is a great location to walk Fido. The trail is made up of a network of tracks that starts in Midway and follows the track along Marine Blvd into the heart of Jacksonville. This former rail line offers a scenic walk with plenty of places for your puppy to sniff and dig. Another great destination to walk and explore is the Sherwood Forest Park near Piney Green. It’s the perfect place to watch the children play and explore the trails with your pup. Well behaved pups will also enjoy a game of fetch or frisbee in the open field away from the road and parking lot.
Want to treat your pup to an pawsome adventure? Visit Woof Gang Bakery in the Half Moon neighborhood in Jacksonville, NC. This dog bakery features pet food and supplies with friendly customer service and staff who recognize the importance of your furry family member. When Fido is ready for a walk, take a trip to Richard Ray Park and enjoy the winding trails and amazing scenery. Remember to bring a bowl for a drink from the water fountain and a treat for good behavior when socializing with puppy friends. Although you must keep your pup on a leash, both you and your dog will enjoy the exercise and fresh air. After a day at work or play, you and your dog can both nibble on some kibble at the Old Chicago Pizza Pizza and Tap Room or Mission BBQ. Both restaurants provide outdoor dog friendly patios with complimentary water bowls!
Access to the Marine Corps Air Station New River military base allows pup parents a great opportunity to take their furry friends to an amazing dog park. The New River Air Station Dog Park features a large fenced in area where dogs can play off leash with plenty of obstacles, agility equipment, and toys to keep even the most energetic dog occupied. After a rain, there are plenty of puppy puddles and a water fountain to give your dog a drink. The park is pawfect for an afternoon play date with puppy friends or a way to relax after work and let your dog run off excess energy.
Onslow Beach on the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a great place to spend some time with both your furry family members and your children. One area of the beach is designated as pet friendly where your dog can splash and play in the water to her heart’s content. The nearby campground is also pet friendly, and you can spend hours digging in the sand looking for treasure and enjoying the amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean with your pup. Just a couple miles off base, you can enjoy a frosty treat with your pup at Brrrberry’s Frozen Yogurt which offers pet friendly outdoor tables.
This pawsome military neighborhood that borders the nearby town of Midway Park features not one, but two dog parks ready for your pup! Midway Park #1 on Butler Drive and Midway Park #2 on Shunan Drive are both located inside the military housing. Take your pup to either one for some outdoor off leash fun in these fenced in areas. If you are feeling your stomach growl after a romping adventure, head to Mi Cabana Mexican Restaurant for a bite to eat at one of their dog friendly outdoor tables. Nearby Red Robin also welcomes your pup on its outdoor patio.