In the 1800s, Center Hill, Florida became a refuge for runaway slaves and soldiers who'd fought for England in the Revolutionary War. It was a place for outcasts and fighters. It was laid out to look like an African village. The settlers fought hard to carve out a space for themselves in the strange new land. It was a true place of peace, and even when other places were having trouble with Native Americans, the inhabitants of Center Hill traded freely with them and learned about agriculture from them.
This historic small town has been the site of 19th-century war battles, national agricultural success, and even two infamous tiger attacks. Today, though, former "Green Bean Capital of the World" offers a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Center Hill is also centrally located among gorgeous lakes, wildlife refuges, and green spaces which provide dog owners with plenty of op-paw-tunities for outdoor adventure.
Van Fleet Trail is a 35-mile trail that cuts through Center Hill. You can walk your dog along it as long as you bring a leash. It is said to be the former trade route of the Native Americans, but there's no official documentation confirming that.