Prattville, Alabama is a great place to be a dog. Since almost 16,000 pets live in the area, it’s really no surprise that this small town is home to tons of pet-friendly attractions, including several parks and trails.
Cooter’s Dog Park is a must-visit for the pooch that loves to be without a leash! It is free, and open to pups and big dogs alike, daily from dawn to dusk. Continually undergoing renovations and upgrades, the park currently is grassed with shade trees, doggie bags, water stations, and more. Cooter’s Dog Park is a wide-open space that is usually pretty quiet, making it an optimal choice for dogs (think German Shepherds and Jack Russells..) that need a lot of space to roam.
Several other parks in Prattville welcome leashed dogs, including Spinners Park, which is also the site of the annual arts and crafts festival. Heritage Park is a beautiful park, with wide paved paths, one of the town’s signature fountains, a millpond, and former industrial buildings, making it a great option for those looking to get a real feel for Prattville’s history.
Prattville is also home to the first designated wilderness area located inside city limits in the US, called Wilderness Park. Short loop trails wander through the bamboo forest, a rare sight for the area, especially with stalks that tower over 65 feet.
East of Prattville’s city center lies Spinners Park. Right off the bat, what kind(s) of dogs does the name make you think of? Oh, that’s right. It’s the herding group… the spinning, jumping, flipping, frisbee-catching types. Oddly enough, this is an on-leash park, so hopefully there will be no spinning on leashes. Anyway, all well-behaved dogs are welcome. The park is home to the annual Spinners Pumpkin Patch and features ball fields, grills, picnic tables, and a playground. While fall is particularly enjoyable time at Spinners for Prattville residents, it’s beautiful all year round. The pavilion is available for rental, making this the best location for your next pumpkin pie eating contest. Be sure to take clean-up baggies for dog waste, and extras for half-eaten pies in October.
Upper Kingston Park is perfect for after-work playtime with pups and family. If you’re looking to get your sweat on and are hoping to bring your dog along to let him/her burn some calories too, consider utilizing the paved trail that runs through the park. It’s well-lit at night and leads you through a series of exercise stations. No, dogs can’t do push-ups. Dogs can’t do side-planks, either. But, they can run with you in between stations and they will certainly get a kick out of watching you pretend to do professional push-ups. If you care to invite some friends along, there are five soccer fields (two lighted, three unlighted) which are open to professional, amateur, and professional-amateur games. If you need to host a party, the pavilion and community center (kitchen included) are available for rent. All-in-all, this is an on-leash, pro-exercise, semi-serious playground.
One of the best parks in the city, Pratt Park is located right in “Old Prattville”. Doubling as a kid’s dream park and excellent family gathering space, it’s a popular event location. With a playground, splash pad, pond, walking trails, grills, picnic tables, and amphitheatre, it’s easy to see why. In fact, the park was voted America’s Favorite Park in 2012 (so it boasts on a large sign at the entrance). Pop the kids and pups in the car and head on over for a scheduled event, or create your own. Two pavilions and a barbeque pit are open for rentals, and we all know that dogs love pulled pork as much as the next animal (excluding pigs).
If you’re looking for a designated dog park close to Prattville, this is your best option! Cooter’s Pond Park holds riverfront property on the Alabama River, to the southeast side of town. The dog park is engulfed by the general park, which includes great access to the water with boat ramps, a riverwalk, and docks. Send the family over to play on the basketball courts, football fields, or open grassy space while you head to the dog park with the dog(s). Known for being clean and quiet, it’s a fenced-in off-leash play area with free water supply. Enjoy strolling the shady walking path that connects all the areas.
Prattville is, unfortunately, not in possession of any great hiking trails. But have no fear, Wetumpka is here! Wetumpka is truthfully about an hour northeast of town. Can you guess why we’d send you to Wetumpka, or did we stump-ya? Oh, you give up? Okay, well you’ll find the Swayback Bridge Trail. With over 12 miles of trails, you’ll surely be able to tucker out those high-energy breeds. Choose from four trails: 1-mile, 2.5-mile, 4-mile, and 7-mile. The entire system is ranked moderate, so be sure to pack some water and snacks for both you and your dog, as you’ll both be surely working up a sweat. The park is open to the public and their pets, as long as they’re on-leash. Look out for mountain bikers, runners, and escaped greyhounds coming around the turns.