Jacksonville is proud to be a part of Calhoun County in northeast Alabama, offering breathtaking views and picturesque scenery for tourists and visitors. Flourishing with outdoor activities and recreation areas, this city is the pawfect place to visit with your pooch. Three veterinary clinics keep the local pups safe, but feel free to visit one while traveling in case of a cut paw or any other misfortune.
The northern part of Jacksonville is happy to welcome your mutt in Germania Springs Dog Park, which is a cozy but conveniently located spot for pooches to play in the main park. The area is fully fenced, covered in grass and dirt, and features an obstacle course and drinking water facilities. Feel free to let your mutt run off-leash, enjoying the friendly attitude of the other park goers and sniffing out some new canine friends.
If you and your buddy love adventurous outdoor activities, then feel free to try Chief Ladiga Trail, stretching throughout the western part of the city. This is a long hiking trail that meanders throughout northeast Alabama, near Weaver and Piedmont. The trail is remarkably flat and smooth, with picturesque scenery and historic spots along the way.
Cheaha State Park occupies a part of Talladega National Forest and is a part of a huge recreation area in northeastern Alabama. If you stop in Delta, the tops of the trees in the forest will reveal themselves immediately -- you just need to follow the right direction to get to the park. There are many dog-friendly trails in this spacious state park, offering your pup a chance to become a bloodhound and explorer at the same time, sniffing and searching for hidden spots or elusive critters. You will also find dog-friendly cabins and camping spots to make the outdoor experience more fulfilling and exciting. Don't forget to bring water with you.
If you're passing through Talladega, you will definitely hear about Talladega National Forest, which is an extensive recreation area in Alabama. Here, you'll find miles of walking and hiking trails which welcome your leashed pup to enjoy some exercise with you. The forest itself is dog-friendly, but you have to abide by the rules of keeping your pooch on their leash at all times and preventing them from disturbing the wildlife that call this national forest home. You will find camping and picnic facilities, lots of other visitors, and plenty of outdoor opportunities to explore the endless terrain of the forest. Bring your own water and waste bags, as these aren't provided here.
Hoover is a medium-sized city and a suburb of Birmingham, with a surprising dog-friendly attitude toward four-legged visitors. Feel free to explore the spot set off I-65 with cozy streets and a calm creek. If you follow along Loch Heaven Drive heading north, get ready to have a blast at a dog-friendly place tucked away near Little Shades Creek. Hoover Dog Park is a one-of-a-kind dog park for pooches, featuring plenty of space for off-leash play and socialization. For some added fun, feel free to train your mutt at the obstacle course, or stroll along the walking trails. (Your pup must wear a leash on the trails, though.)
If you're on the way to Birmingham and need a place to stop and let your pup go potty, take a slight detour into Vestavia Hills, Alabama. If your pooch can't wait to stretch his paws after a long ride, follow along Rosemary Lane to find the puptastic McCallum Park. This is a small local park with miles of walking trails, convenient access to the creek, and a small man-made lake at the very heart of the place. Feel free to have a calm walk along the creek or let your mutt dip his tired paws in the crystal clear water before hopping back in the car and resuming your trip to Birmingham.
The Sand Ridge neighborhood in southwestern Birmingham could easily be mistaken for a small town, judging by its size. The neighborhood is home to recreation facilities, golf courses, community parks, plenty of eateries and convenience stores, and a set of residential quarters, making it a busy but nice neighborhood of the muttropolis. You may be interested in visiting Red Mountain Park, set behind Fortis Institute. This is a unique place to visit with Fido. Let him play in the designated dog park area, or hit the miles of walking trails winding throughout the woods. There are picnic options available, but you're also welcome to visit Overtime Bar, located less than a 15-minute walk from the park, with outdoor tables, cold drinks and the cheerful atmosphere of a local pub.