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Selma is a charming and hospitable port city on the banks of the Alabama River that serves as a pivotal participant in major points of American History. The downtown area is dotted with Civil War landmarks and a major Civil War Battlefield is nearby. Events in Selma during the Civil Rights Era marked a turning point in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement, and they are memorialized as the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. s
Take a self-led walking history tour with your fluffy friend. The abundance of walking tours make it easy for Fido to tag along while you visit the markers and monuments explaining the past. The Old Town Historic District includes 629 properties dating back to the early 1800’s which have all been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Opportunities abound to enjoy walking trails with a view of the river as it winds through town. Beginning in Valley Creek Park, the most pup-friendly part of Valley Creek Trail leads you and your four-legged friend on a trail through upland and riparian woods, along a path towards the town marina. There is a nicely-shaded, wooded picnic area on the south side of the trail, but there are not any doggy bag stations or low drinking fountains, so be sure to carry both water and bags with you.
If your canine companion needs medical attention during your stay, don’t worry. There are three highly-rated veterinarian hospitals from which to choose.
Selma is a unique place to visit because so much of the history is accessible from outside a museum. Visitors interested in seeing firsthand the locations upon which major American battles were fought will enjoy seeing the old city with their doggos.
Doggos will have a puptastic time frolicking across the grassy areas of historic Riverfront Park. Four-legged friends will especially like the concrete path and wooden bridge that crisscross the twelve-acre park overlooking the Alabama River. There are no dog waste stations in the area, so you’ll need to bring your own supply. Water fountains are available, but only at human height, so be sure to have a pup-friendly source or portable water bowl. From the park, you and your canine companion can walk down the Riverwalk to a small monument alongside the entrance to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The bridge is known as the location of the Bloody Sunday event.
Bloch Park is widely known as the home of a baseball stadium for collegiate and professional baseball teams. The lesser-known pup-friendly park area has wide open grassy areas perfect for a game of fetch. If that’s not enough to tire out your fluffy friend, there’s a walking trail that starts at the playground. It connects to the Valley Creek Park and continues all the way to the marina. Hardier pups will enjoy the stroll through an open nature area that was home to the Battle of Selma, at which the city was won by Union soldiers. You can stop by the local Farmer's Market to meet locals and pick up the freshest produce for a snack. There aren’t any dog waste stations or dog-level water fountains in the Farmer’s Market, but you’ll both be able to enjoy a snack and rest your feet.
The Six Mile Creek Campground is located within the mosaic of rolling grasslands and dense hardwood forests in Alabama's Black Prairie Belt. With direct access to the Alabama River, this peaceful waterfront campground has 31 family sites with electric hookups and is a pawsome place to spend the night. Visitors to the camping area enjoy hiking, fishing, and boating in the area. There are waste stations and drinking water available in the campground. Nearby, you and your pup can take a stroll from the waterfront camping area through the wooded areas draped in Spanish moss that leads to The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute to see monuments dedicated to the leaders of the Voting Rights Movement.
Take a 30 minute woofderful walking tour beginning at the First Baptist Church on the corner of MLK and Chestnut Boulevard. The short tour has 20 information panels that highlight the history of the Voting Rights movement in Selma. Along the way you’ll see the Browns Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument, and George Washington Carver Homes. After walking around town, you and your pup can head over to the paw-pular local hangout Pete’s Famous Franks for lunch or dinner. For a stroll through a more natural area, take Fido walking through the large grounds of Old Live Oak Cemetery to see the moss covered trees lining the pathways and draping over old graves from the 1800s.
Take a stroll through the campus of Selma University with your pawfect pal. Founded in 1878 on 36 acres, the classical architecture of the main buildings of the Bible College is great for a selfie with your favorite pup. Stone Hall dormitory is the women’s dorm and was built in 1889, and you can’t leave the grounds without stopping by to see the Dinkins Memorial Chapel which was rebuilt in 1921 after a massive fire. Just a few blocks away you can stop in at Lannie’s BBQ Spot for a friendly place to grab some water and rest your paws for a bit on the outside patio. After a fun day roaming through the town, you and your puppy pal can spend a comfortable night at the Hampton Inn or the Holiday Inn Express.
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