Located 15 minutes from Lacoochee is Webster’s Richloam Wildlife Management Area. Don’t let the name fool you, though; your dog might not be wild, but he’ll have a great time at this preserve. Richloam Wildlife Management Area has an access point to the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail, which is 29 miles long. This trail is great for everyone, whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, as the trail is mostly flat. Fido can join you, but must be on a short leash at all times. Grab your walking shoes, your pup, and head out to explore!
Ten miles south of Lacoochee is Dade City, and if you’re looking to have some fun with your dog, you should check out the city’s downtown area! Dade City Dog Park is an off-leash dog park that has plenty of room for your dog to run around, and there’s even agility equipment for more adventurous dogs to traverse. Is your dog up for the challenge? If you want something else to do with Fido, head over to Top Drawer Antiques. This dog-friendly antique store requires that your dog be well-behaved and on a short leash at all times.
If you’re willing to drive 40 minutes west to Spring Hill, Fido will surely be howling in appreciation. Take him to Rotary Centennial Park’s Dog Park. This dog park is actually split up into three sections; one is for large dogs, another is for small dogs, and the third, uniquely, is for less-socialized dogs. There’s also plenty of room for your pooch to run around. While the dog park is off-leash, make sure to have one on your dog before taking him to roam the rest of Rotary Centennial Park; one is required in other sections.
Two things are certain: your dog loves you, and your dog loves walks, so why not take him to Central Brooksville? It’s a 20-minute drive, but Withlacoochee State Trail guarantees it’s worth it. This 46-mile trail will allow your dog to get in all of his daily exercise while seeing everything nature has to offer. Locals say that wildlife frequents the trail, and that’s just one reason your dog should be on a leash; the other, of course, is that it’s required. Make sure to bring some waste disposal bags, as none are provided.
Western Brooksville, located about 30 minutes from Lacoochee, is home to an access point for Suncoast Trail. This 42-mile trail is popular with beginners, as it’s relatively flat and is all asphalt. Fido can join you, but he must be on a leash at all times. It’s best to keep Fido close, as Suncoast Trail is very popular with bicycle riders. This is a popular trail for good reason, though; the views are beautiful. Grab your camera, some walking shoes, and some water for you and Fido, and get out and hit the trail!