Back before the Great Stock Market crash, J.C. Penney -- the same man who founded the major chain retailer -- decided to establish a farming community. It became known as Penney Farms, Florida. The stock market crash kept it from growing much, but nowadays, it is still a quiet community where you can bring your dog for a little peace and quiet away from the busy city life. It is set up to be a retirement community for ministers, which adds to its peaceful lifestyle. The layout is pretty scaled back from what was originally planned. Considering that it's so small -- only two miles total -- it doesn't have much to offer. You will want to plan on driving to a nearby city if you want to do more than walk through the city itself.
Black Creek Trail, located about eight miles away in Green Cove Springs, is part of the Rails-to-Trails conservation effort. It passes through 250 acres of wildlife area where you can see alligators, bald eagles, and other wildlife native to Florida.
While in Green Cove Springs, you and your dog can grab a bite to eat at Larry's Giant Subs. Grab your favorite custom sub, or try some new toppings. This deliciousness can be enjoyed at their dog-friendly tables, or you can take it with you when you go explore Black Creek Trail.