Fairfield, Alabama, is a suburb of Birmingham, just a few exits west of downtown on I-20. With this convenient location, your fur family will be barking it up all over the city. There is so much to see, sniff, and do in metro Birmingham — from the locally-sourced rawhide treats at the Whole Dog Market in Homewood, to the water features and winding paths at Railroad Park downtown, to the splash pad and agility equipment at Beneful Dream Dog Park in Alabaster. You can even take your pups on a date night at the Coyote Drive-In in Leeds, less than half an hour from Fairfield.
Fairfield pups can unleash their wild side without going far. On the northeastern edge of metro Birmingham, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve has miles of rugged trails in terrain dotted by historic iron mines. On the southern edge in Hoover, you can hike among striking boulders at the Moss Rock Preserve. Like most of the area's parks, Ruffner and Moss Rock welcome on-leash dogs and ask owners to clean up after their pets.
For less adventurous days, you'll find all you need close to Fairfield. Fairfield City Park has a walking path around the athletic facilities, and the good sidewalks in this friendly, affordable part of town will please your pups. The animal clinic just over the eastern city limit is your nearest vet. You'll find a major pet-supply chain and dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating a few miles east in Homewood.
Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama's largest at nearly 10,000 acres, is only 23 miles from Fairfield. The trip is well worth it to enjoy the park's 25 miles of hiking trails and a stunning 65-foot waterfall. Peavine Falls is reached on the steep 2-mile Green Trail, the park's most pawpular hike, while longer trails explore the ridgeline and forest. Dogs aren't allowed on the park beach, but nobody minds if they want to do a little splashing in the many streams and fishing lakes throughout the park. Like all Alabama State Parks, Oak Mountain offers dog-friendly camping if you want to try ruff-ing it for the whole weekend.