Established as a cotton farming community, La Crosse was destroyed and abandoned for many years before it became a small independent agricultural community in North Florida. It’s well-known as the “Potato District”. Located in Alachua County, the town is relatively close to Gainesville, just 15 miles north, and to Alachua’s commercial district. This is convenient for more than just the human residents! Gainesville has plenty to offer canines, including designated dog parks and eateries. Vet clinics are also not a problem -- La Crosse has its own vet hospital, and there are two more in Alachua.
Cellon Oak Park is the closest public park to La Crosse, located in northern Gainesville. On first glance, the park might seem like your average park, but it's one of the largest oak parks in the state and is never crowded, making it perfect for timid pups. You won't find drinking water here or restrooms, but there’s plenty of space to explore with Fido on-leash!
If you're looking for something a little different, head to Mill Creek Preserve. Its wilderness will welcome you north of Gainesville, near Alachua, offering lots of fun for the whole family! Your sleuth will rave about the snifftastic 1,200 acres of forest with ancient oaks, pines, and streams. The hiking trails are fairly moderate and offer about 5 miles of adventure in total. Bring lots of water with you!
Appletree is a quiet residential community in Gainesville that offers the best of both worlds for its residents. Within a short drive, you'll find both commercial areas and green spaces. You'll also find a pawesome place for pooches just across NW 53rd Avenue! Possum Creek Park is well-known as a skate park, but it has nature walking trails and a dog park! Now it’s up to you to decide whether to keep the leash on and sniff around the loops and nature trails, or go dog wild in the off-leash area! If your pup is on the petite side, don't worry -- there's a separate enclosure for small breeds.
The mixed-use Porters Community is one of the central neighborhoods in Gainesville, close to downtown. This is a pet-friendly community with middle-class residential quarters and estates served by a number of small local businesses. You may find the area a bit crowded any time of the year. Need a place to hide from the urban bustle with your hound? Paw on over to Haisley Lynch Park at South Main Street. The main public area is perfect for on-leash walks and a picnic, while the dog park offers some off-leash fun! The doggy spot includes water fountains and benches -- however, locals note the benches can be a bit dirty or dusty depending on the season. Rarely crowded, this is the pawfect place for shy pups to play!
Sugarfoot is a residential neighborhood in Gainesville, Florida. It’s conveniently located near magnificent parks: Clear Lake Nature Park – a local favorite place for runners and joggers – and John Mahon Nature Park, a pawesome place to find a retreat. Need more parks to explore with Sparky? Just a few miles away from the southern border of the area, you will find (and fall in love with!) Forest Park. The park itself is an open field with plenty of space to explore, sniff, and walk around. There's a designated place for pups to play off-leash – it's rather small, but it's very clean and is full of grass to wallow in!
You will find Suburban Heights on Gainesville’s extreme western end, near West Hills and West Park. Primarily residential, this quiet community is in the best location pawssible! Just north, you'll find shopping and commercial areas with malls and cafes. Head south to sniff out an adventure in Cofrin Nature Park. Good news for dog owners: the park is pet-friendly! The trails within the 30-acre tract are ready for your visit! Keep in mind that pooches should stay on their leash at all times to keep the park's other furry inhabitants safe. Are you ready for an adventure through the spooky forest? Okay, maybe it’s not so spooky after all, but there’s lots of shade!
Arredondo Estates is an independent community near Arredondo that's technically part of Gainesville. The area has everything you need for living and thriving in a small community, including multiple schools, a bank, and a small but sufficient commercial area with cafes. For outdoor entertainment, you may want to check out Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, complete with wonderful collections of flora. Pooches are permitted on-leash, except during the events and festivals. Had your fill of sniffing flowers? Head to Dogwood Park & Daycare! This boarding facility offers a membership-only dog park so pups can play in a safe and super fun environment complete with water, grass, and more!