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Hi! My name is Maggie and I live in Jacksonville and mainly walk dogs on the Southside, Intracoastal, and Beaches areas. I grew up with Golden Retrievers and Labs and have lived with smaller dogs along the way. My three fur babies are a 8 year old chocolate lab, a 10 year old hound mix and a 3 year old black lab... the hound is about 30 lbs and the labs are 65+ pounds that think they are all lap dogs, full of energy and love their walks!!
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Arcadia, Florida is a medium-sized city with the perfect mix between an old-time atmosphere and contemporary offerings. Visitors to this beautiful city can stay at one of their many pet-friendly lodgings, like the Knights Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, or one of their many campgrounds and RV parks.
Multiple parks for you and Fido to play are spread out throughout the city. Desoto Veteran's Memorial Park is one of them. This park is a well-shaded area with great access to Peace River, one of the largest rivers in Florida. The park offers picnic tables for your convenience and you can explore the natural woods and trails throughout the grounds.
Should anything happen causing you to need a vet clinic, Arcadia has four state-of-the-art animal hospitals for you to choose from.
When you and Fido are hungry, check out the Nav-a-Gator Grill, the locals' favorite place to eat and be entertained at the same time. This restaurant is a dockfront with spacious outdoor seating and a menu just for Fido. Live music is featured weekly on the outside stage.
Looking for a break from the heat? The Open Road Bar allows dogs inside and outside! Here, you can find special events regularly, like karaoke and live music. It's popular with bikers and is where you'll want to go to enjoy a bit of entertainment while watching people play pool and unwind from their day.
In West Arcadia, you can find one of the largest parks in the city, Morgan Park. When you come here, plan to spend the day strolling with Fido exploring the pristine nature -- 240 acres of preserved land gives you access to immense cypress trees, sabal palm, and saw palmetto. Many of the hiking trails follow the Peace River and take you across multiple antique footbridges. Wildlife abounds, so Fido needs to be on a leash, but if you are both quiet, you may see deer. Keeping Fido on a leash also helps with safety, as many alligators have been spotted here. It's a great place to go for a meal with the pavilion and picnic areas. Restrooms are available for your convenience.
Arcadia is full of many amazing scenic aspects of nature, and one of the other big parks you won't want to miss is Brownville Park, in the Brownville neighborhood. This park and campground can be accessed inexpensively. Amenities such as bathhouses with toilets and a shower are available, in addition to ice and firewood. There is a public river launch where you and Fido can take your boat out and spend the day on the river. The many trails around the camp are the perfect place to take Fido exploring on a leash. You can expect to see plenty of wildlife, like birds, deer, and raccoons.
About twenty miles outside of Arcadia you can visit another entrance of Peace River -- the Peace River RV Park in Wauchula. This river is one of the largest in Florida and stretches across the central part of the state, running through Hardee County. Although it's an RV park, it is open for public use, so you and Fido can visit and enjoy the amenities available there, or use the open trails to go canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, or fossil hunting while you look for wildlife and explore the natural beauty of the area. There's also a Fido-friendly chain restaurant nearby so you can grab a quick bite.
Horse Creek Nature Trail in Ona, less than twenty miles from Arcadia, is a pawesome spot to head to when you are ready to explore. Although Ona is tiny, it has earned its spot on the map with its famous landmark, Solomon's Castle, a castle built from aluminum that showcases art from recycled items. Even though the castle itself is not pet-friendly, there is a restaurant on the grounds where leashed pets are welcome at the outdoor patio seating, so be sure to take Fido to visit Boat in the Moat. Relax under the shade of the oak trees while you indulge in one of the homemade dishes from the menu. Solomon's Castle also offers a private nature trail, Horse Creek Nature Trail, that is free for you and Fido to walk during operating hours.
If you are looking for a spot to stay and relax while enjoying the beautiful Peace River, check out Deep Creek Preserve, part of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. To camp here, you must submit an online reservation request, but camping is free! You will get an email that will give you the gate padlock code that gives you RV access, but if you are just hiking or bringing a tent, you can access it through the small gate. Once you are in, you and Fido have access to the many hiking trails, miles of swimming and exploring Peace River, and ultimate peace and quiet! Amenities include non-potable water and a porta-potty on site.
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