The incorporated community of Alpine in DeKalb County, Alabama is located within a 20-minute drive northwest of Fort Payne and should not be confused with its namesake in Talladega County. As a small town, Alpine will welcome you with quiet and small streets and pristine surroundings with no hustle and bustle. This is a great place to retreat and recharge your batteries. If you're in the area with your pooch, you won't need to worry about accessing a veterinarian should you need it; you'll find an animal hospital set right between Alpine and Fort Payne, and another one within Fort Payne proper.
Alpine is almost entirely occupied by DeSoto State Park, offering a quality outdoor experience complete with camping opportunities and beautiful surroundings. The state park is dog-friendly and welcomes pooches to explore miles of walking trails, hike at Lookout Mountain, and enjoy the views of seasonal waterfalls and Little River, home to diverse flora and abundant animal life. Dog-friendly rentals and cabins are also available for staying for a few days or a weekend. Just make sure to keep your mutt on a leash and bring enough water with you!
You can also enjoy the wilderness at Little River Canyon National Preserve, located not far from Fort Payne, offering a wide variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, cycling and even rock climbing. The preserve is dog-friendly, but requires you to keep pooches on their leashes.
Located separately on the peninsula and nestled on the banks of Tennessee River, Guntersville is a unique city set west of Alpine and north of Huntsville. In the western part of town, you won't find many tourist attractions or amazing spots to take a picture, but you will find a place for your lovely pooch to have a furrific time off-leash. Guntersville Dog Park is located within Tom Jackson Park, a neighbor of Ogletree Park. The place is divided into two parts for small and large breeds; both sections have fences and are protected from fleeing or fights. Let your mutt go wild running off-leash in the grassy area, making new friends and chasing their tails, or train your pup to keep him in good shape. This is a bring-your-own-water park, so grab a bottle on the way there.
South Cullman is a busy part of the state with main highways and traffic moving back and forth to Birmingham and Huntsville. Connecting these two main commercial and industrial areas, southern Cullman has many convenience stores and shopping-on-the-go facilities near 2nd Avenue Southwest, but also features an amazing dog park! Heritage Park Cullman is home to plenty of recreational facilities, including a dog park. You're welcome to bring your pooch to explore the whole park; just keep him on a leash. Explore the miles of walking trails, or rush to the designated dog park, which features separate areas for small and large pooches. There are plenty of dog-friendly eateries right across from the park, and a pet supply store with dog food just a short walk down Broadway Drive.
Downtown Huntsville is one of the main commercial centers in Alabama, with crowds and tourists visiting the spot every day. Cultural spots, museums, shops, and restaurants are an irreplaceable part of any big city, and Huntsville is no exception. Big cities also take care of their loyal four-legged visitors, and, again, Hunstville is no exception! Huntsville Dog Spot is a medium-sized, well-maintained dog park located in downtown. Featuring tons of pawesome amenities, including an obstacle course, the park provides pooches with a spot to run, play and burn some energy. There are plenty of other visitors daily, so your puppy will never feel lonely here! Surprisingly, there aren't many dog-friendly eateries in Huntsville, but LeeAnn’s Café is set right across from the park and has a very nice outdoor patio that you cannot pawssibly pass by!
Madison is located west of Huntsville, and its closest suburb borders Huntsville’s neighborhoods. Secluded from the city by recreation areas, the northeastern part of Madison is a nice and quiet spot with a few shops, eateries and residential quarters. Feel free to bring Fido to Madison Dog Park, which is a “Dog Spot” in Creekwood Park. The dog park is huge and offers lots of room to run and socialize even for large breeds! Featuring two separate areas from small and big pooches, the Dog Spot is a great solution for busy owners and active pooches. Get yourself comfortable on a bench and watch your puppy playing with others.
West Madison is a nice, quiet area with residential quarters, schools and churches. Following the flow of Mill Creek and traveling via Balch Road, you will find a beautiful and amazing place for your mutt to have some fun off-leash. Dedicated only to canine visitors, Mill Creek Dog Park features two separate areas for small and large pooches, extensive enclosed terrain for frisking, barking and playing, lots of shade, drinking water facilities, and some benches for owners. Make sure to find the right spot: the park is adjacent to Mill Creek Greenway and has a separate parking lot for visitors.