Anniston, Alabama is a city sitting on the slopes of Blue Mountain, and is known as “The Model City” because of its careful planning in the late 19th century. This fast growing city in Calhoun County has managed to retain and protect its natural beauty while allowing it to thrive. This makes Anniston a great place to raise a family, along with the family dog of course! You’re sure to find many parks while wandering through the historic architecture and victorian homes.
One of the natural areas that Anniston has proudly cared for is the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. If you and you pup are itching to get into the great outdoors, this is the place to go! This wildlife refuge has 9,000 acres of foothills, accessible from Bain’s Gap Road. Here you can walk your dog into the sprawling longleaf pine forest along the rugged roads that spread throughout the refuge. There are no amenities here, so be sure to bring your own supplies, like drinking water and doggy waste bags.
If you’re looking for somewhere to crash after a day of adventures with your pup, head over to the Royal Inn in Anniston. This hotel welcomes dogs of any size for no additional fee, and is conveniently located along Highway 21 N.
With all of these great pet friendly places, Anniston is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
In the bustling City Center neighborhood of Anniston, you can still find peaceful greenery to kick back and relax in. This neighborhood is proud home to Zinn Park, probably the most pawpular urban park in the area. Zinn Park features the Martin Luther King Jr. Pavilion, which hosts a variety of events and concerts throughout the year. Amenities also include restrooms, a playground, splash pad, and large grassy areas where your pup can sniff and play. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they get picked up after! After all that fresh air and exercise, head over to the Cheaha Brewing Company to get a taste of the local craft beer. This brewpub is located in a refurbished L&N train station and has dog friendly tables on the spacious back deck.
In the Bush neighborhood of Anniston, you can take advantage of the woofderful Chief Ladiga Trail. This trail is supported by the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that turns unused rail lines into great trails you can enjoy with your best pal! This long, flat trail is easy on the paws and the eyes, and is well-loved among the dog walking community. Right where the trail begins on Weaver Road, you can also find the Michael Tucker Park. This park offers primitive campsites so you and your pooch can spend the night right near the trail. Other features of the park include a bathroom with showers, and a picnic area that’s great for gatherings. Leashed dogs are welcome along the trail and throughout the park as long as they’re picked up after!
If you and your pup are looking for a more challenging trail with hills, head over to the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail. The trailhead can be found in the West End Anniston neighborhood, right off of Coldwater Road. This trail is great for hikers, bikers, and dog walkers looking for some fresh air and heart pumping exercise! There are porta-potties, picnic tables and grills available too, so don’t forget to bring a lunch! The trails are well marked, and have maps at the major intersections so you won’t get lost. Leashed dogs are welcome, just make sure your doggo gets picked up after. Watch out for mountain bikers!
Residents and dogs of the Wellborn neighborhood in Anniston are happy to have their own park nearby. So why not switch up your morning walk with Fido, and pass through the Wellborn Park, located on Eulaton Road. The Coldwater Spring Branch is nearby, so you can enjoy hearing the babbling brook while you play in the park with your dog. The park has large grassy areas and several athletic fields that your doggo is free to sniff and play on while there are no games going on. This family friendly park has a playground as well. Dogs are welcome in this park too, as long as they stay leashed and get picked up after.
Just a hop across the border brings you to the neighboring town of Heflin. Here you can find another escape into the great outdoors. The Coleman Lake Campground and Trailhead can be found nestled in the Talladega Mountains, and is accessible from the City Center neighborhood of Heflin. The campground has 39 peaceful, wooded campsites with electric and water, and access to the pristine Coleman Lake. There are some great nearby trails as well, including the Coleman Lake Loop Trail and the Pinhoti Trail. The Pinhoti Trail is a long distance trail covering 335 miles, and stretches from the Alabama’s Appalachian Mountains into Georgia. Leashed dogs are welcome to join on the fun! Amenities in the campground also include modern bathrooms and drinking water.