The urban city of Bessemer is surrounded by thick woods, creeks, and natural wetlands, and is located only 15 miles from the center of Birmingham. The area has over 1 million residents among the different cities and has become a diverse place for retail, restaurants, and beautiful parks. Thankfully for dog walkers in the area, most of the parks are dog-friendly with access to 7 animal hospitals.
For a lovely outing with your pup, the best place to go is the Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a conservation area on the south side of the city, with 64 acres of forest and natural ponds. Scattered throughout the park is a natural trail system, that connects to an open area, a boardwalk, water fountains, benches, trash bins, and a picnic area. The best part of the park is that dogs are not required to be on a leash, though you will need to bring clean-up bags.
Roosevelt Park is the largest inner-city park, with over 28 acres of open space and recreational fields to play and walk in. There are paved, winding trails that cover the park and connect to the different fields, like the fenced-in baseball diamonds, enclosed tennis courts, and basketball court. There's plenty of open area around the fields, with a pavilion, a playground, picnic tables, water fountains, and nighttime lights.
With a walkable downtown, natural and developed parks to play in, and lots of dog-friendly restaurants to enjoy like Full Moon BBQ, you and Fido will love playing and living in Bessemer.
The neighborhood of Greenwods is a small urban neighborhood on the south side of the city, mixed with thick trees, open fields, and rows of residential homes. The park of choice for residents is the McCalla Dixie Youth Baseball Park, which offers a variety of fields and an open area to play in. There are three different sized baseball diamonds, all fenced-in and some with nighttime lights and bleachers, lined with pretty oak trees and open space on the outside. There's a playground, restrooms, and a pavilion for picnics available too. Pups can play off their leash inside the baseball field, as long as no teams are playing, but otherwise, have to stay on a leash. After a long day of playing, if you're looking to stay inside the neighborhood, the Sleep Inn is a dog-friendly place to stay. The Inn offers rooms for pups, allowing two dogs up to 30 pounds each for a fee per night.
Midfield is a small town with a shopping center that is surrounded by residential homes, just 7 miles from Bessemer. This area is bustling with residents and visitors from Bessemer, thanks to the Midfield Park, a 54-acre park that has a wide variety of things to do for everyone and every pup. The park hosts 4 different sized fenced-in baseball diamonds, with enclosed tennis courts, and a paved trail linking them. The trail is paved and also connects other amenities like a small fishing pond, a soccer field, a playground, a pool, and a pavilion for picnics. Although pups have to remain on a leash inside the park, they will have access to additional amenities like water fountains, benches, trash brins, clean-up stations, and nighttime lights.
West Hoover is a rural area with residential homes inside the city of Hoover, and 7.5 miles from Bessemer. In the center of the neighborhood is the Moss Rock Preserve, which takes up most of the community with the 349 acres of land that makes up the nature preserve. Inside the natural area are dense woods, with some open areas and hiking trails that wind through the park, offering dirt pathways, crushed stone trails, and boardwalks. Streams provide a place to swim and fishing spots, with climbable rocks, and trash bins in the parking area. Dogs don't even have to be on a leash inside the park, but you will have to bring water and clean-up bags.