The town of Baldwin, Florida is located not far outside of Jacksonville. In fact, back in 1968, many towns nearby actually consolidated with Jacksonville. Only four towns didn’t: Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Baldwin. During the Civil War, Baldwin was burned down after a battle between Federal troops and the local regiment. It took locals ten years to build the city back up to what it was. Baldwin currently serves as a terminal of four railroad lines; none of them are for passenger trains, though. It’s safe to say that today, Baldwin is a hustlin’ and bustlin’ little town.
If you’re looking to enjoy a day out with your furry family members, though, you might need to travel out of Baldwin. The town has no bark parks or dog-friendly restaurants. Don’t fret just yet, though. Jacksonville, which is only about 20 miles away, has a plethora of opportunities for you to have a pawesome day with Fido. There are also some more options in other nearby towns. Baldwin does, however, have a veterinarian clinic, so if you need care for your dog, you won’t have to search too far to find it.
Baldwin is a small town that’s big on charm; make sure you and Fido swing by!
Biltmore is a Jacksonville neighborhood that’s located about 20 miles east of Baldwin. Here, you and Fido can access the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail. Locals recommend starting at the Biltmore end of the trail if you’re a newcomer. This trail is nearly 15 miles long, so it’s not recommended that you try to trek the entire length unless you’re an experienced hiker. Jacksonville-Baldwin leads you through various landscapes, including both paved roads and swamps. Make sure you have a leash for your pup and wear comfortable shoes. Locals have spotted snakes on this trail, so always exercise caution and keep your eyes open!
Jacksonville’s Five Points neighborhood is about 25 minutes from Baldwin, and you and your dog will pawsitively love spending a lazy Saturday here! Riverside Arts Market is a farmer’s market that’s dog-friendly. While you shop for delicious fruits and veggies, Fido can get a walk in. He’ll need to be on his leash, of course. Once you’re done shopping, head on over to Black Sheep to grab some grub. This dog-friendly eatery prides itself on serving Southern cuisine with an international twist. All of the outdoor tables are dog-friendly. We bet you and Fido will be drooling in no time!
About 30 minutes outside of Baldwin, you and Fido can visit Hogan Creek’s Confederate Point Dog Park. This bark park has locals practically howling about how much they love it. This spacious park has plenty of room for your playful puppy to run around with his new furry friends. Water is provided by the park, so there’s no need to worry about all the Florida sunshine if you forget to bring some along. You will want to bring along waste bags to clean up after your pooch, though. No one wants to step in any mess that gets left behind!
You might not like the sound of driving 40 minutes to get to Dogwood Dog Park, but we’re certain Fido would appreciate the trip! Dogwood Dog Park is a massive 42-acre bark park that includes a two-acre lake for your pup to take a dip in. That’s one way to escape the Florida heat! If your dog doesn’t enjoy going for a swim, no problem. Most of the park consists of open fields, which are pawsitively perfect for playing a game of fetch or tag. Parts of the park can become muddy after a heavy rain, but you don’t have to worry about dirty paws; there’s a wash station for easy clean-up.
The San Marco neighborhood is located about 30 minutes from Baldwin, and it’s home to even more dog-friendly restaurants. Maple Street Biscuit Company has dog-friendly patio tables. This restaurant prides itself on serving comfort food classics as biscuits! Try the delicious fried chicken biscuit, or maybe a classic bacon and cheese biscuit. Taverna is another dog-friendly restaurant that you'd be barking mad to miss. Its menu is described as a mix of Italian and Spanish dishes. We hear the homemade ravioli is absolutely mouthwatering, but locals also rave about the homemade pizza. A leash is required for Fido at both restaurants. Bone Appetit!