The city of Huntsville is in North Alabama, nicely situated in Madison County and Limestone County. It is the fourth largest Alabama city with 186,254 people, and around 47,000 of these households have dogs or cats.
One of the best dog parks is Huntsville Dog Spot in the downtown area on Cleveland Avenue. This dog park has separated fenced areas for both large and small dogs, water fountains, and seating readily available so you can sit back and enjoy while Fido makes friends. Indian Creek Dog Park in Harvestwood Court has plenty of running space and a creek for some water fun. It doesn't end there, Monte Sano State Park on Nolen Avenue has hiking trails, camping, and expansive mountain bike and regular cycling trails, which is great if your furry friend is able to keep up on the leash.
Once you've worn down Fido and have worked up an appetite be sure to take a break at one of the many pet-friendly joints within Huntsville. Local favorites include Big Spring Café, LeeAnne’s, Stanlieo's Sub Villa, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, and Humphrey’s Bar & Grill. Don't worry about getting bored without Fido, after you drop your pets at the hotel, like the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Motel 6, and Microtel, check out the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. For around $20 you'll get a complete education on rocketry, space travel, telescopes, and general aircrafts. The team at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center will be sure to teach you something new, for those looking to enjoy the inside, don't miss the incredible iMax theater for some amazing space film.
The city center neighborhood combines old buildings with new hotels and a plethora of interesting restaurants. The Downtown Dog Spot, located right off the Interstate 565 on Cleveland Avenue, is central to all the hubbub of downtown. This huge area for dogs is the size of two football fields, or approximately 2 ½ acres. It includes separate fenced enclosures for large and small dogs. Socialization abounds in this pupular spot This park even has running water to drink. Although the water is great on a hot day, mind the mud! Fortunately, this dog park includes a hose to wash up if your dog decides to get pawsitively dirty. Remember to clean up after your companion -- this park has a problem with less-than-conscientious dog owners.
You’ll find Creekwood Park Dog Spot 11 miles west of the city center in the Rainbow neighborhood, a largely suburban area with many nice houses and restaurants. This large park includes a playground and walking trail as well as a super-sized fenced dog park. The dog park is divided for large dogs and dogs 25lbs or less. A few pieces of agility equipment add to the fun and exercise in this grassy enclosure. Dogs can run leash-free and benches are provided for their human companions. There is also a creek that runs through the park, where dogs can enjoy a nice splash on a sunny day. Too much rain, unfortunately, has caused flooding in this park.
Ten miles south of the city center is the beautiful and affluent neighborhood of Hampton Cove. The Hampton Cove Dog Spot is another of the city of Huntsville’s large parks for canine adventure. Interstate 431’s overpass runs over the park, and provides everyone a bit of shade on a hot day. This park provides a separate fenced grassy area for small dogs. Large dogs play in a mix of grass and gravel. Water spigots quench a dog’s thirst after a great leash-free run and romp with other dog friends. Hoses are available for a quick clean-up or cool down. A kiddie pool also provides a fun bit of splash for the larger dogs. The park is open from dawn to an hour after dusk.
Southside Dog Spot, aka Astro Dog Park, is Huntsville’s newest dog park that opened in 2015 with a dog-centered ceremony. The park is located at 16159 Chaney Thompson Road, 10 miles south of the City Center. This park has a large area for dog play in a fenced leash-free area. The park includes the same features as other Huntsville dog spots with faucets of water for dogs and humans. Small dogs have their own space for safer play. The park also has a playground, pavilion, frisbee golf, and walking trail. The park adjoins the Aldridge Creek Greenway, which is a winding trail spanning some 27 miles of the best views of Huntsville.
Humphrey’s Bar and Grill, located at 103 Washington Avenue, is ½ mile from the Downtown Dog Park. This restaurant feeds a hungry dog after a satisfying run in the park. The outside courtyard is dog-friendly. The menu includes burgers, po’boy sandwiches, pizza, and many satisfying appetizers for the hungry customers. The restaurant staff is helpful and the relaxed environment gives dogs a chance to have some R&R with their human companion. Live jazz and blues adds to the ambiance of southern hospitality for dogs and humans. The menu includes a variety of craft beers (for humans, only, of course) and specials featured each day.