Nestled at the southern border of Gilchrist County, Trenton is a rural community and the county seat with a population of just under 2,000. The town is conveniently located between major campsites and recreation areas dotted around Trenton. Wilcox, just west, offers multiple camping spots and wonderful public parks with walking trails. And Chiefland, just 5 minutes south, is the best place to dine out with Fido! You don’t need to travel far for veterinary help. Trenton has two veterinary clinics conveniently located in the downtown.
Fanning Springs State Park, set right on the banks of Suwanee River, is an amazing place to come by with a leashed pooch for a mindful walk along the classic Florida landscape with live oaks and Spanish moss. You can even camp here and stay overnight, but make sure to call and reserve a spot in advance!
If you love walking and your pooch is not scared of cyclists, feel free to explore the corridor between Trenton and Old Town -- Nature Coast State Trail. This wooded trail is home to scenic views, and if you decided to skip Fanning Springs Park, you can still see it on your walking adventure here!
Freshwater marshes and scenic vistas of sandhills are just a part of what you can enjoy near Watermelon Pond in South Newberry. Hidden away from civilization and the hustle of the city, the pond offers an extensive environmental and recreation area that's extremely popular among hunters! Make sure to check the rules on seasons and permits for hunting if you have a hound that loves to fetch fowl. But if you are not into hunting, you can still explore the walking trails and hidden paths winding throughout the area! There are more than 4,500 acres of land with panoramic views and hiking opportunities. Don't forget to bring some water with you.
Landmark Woods is a scenic neighborhood in West Gainesville, just east of West Hills. The residential area centered on North-West 45th Terrace is tucked toward the eastern border of Cofrin Nature Park, a pawesome nature preserve to stop and stretch your legs with Fido. The half-mile trail is easy to complete even for unprepared pooches and people. This 30-acre area is home to beautiful wetlands fed by Beville Heights Creek and some forest areas that are a natural habitat for many species. Dogs must be leashed here, and they're strictly prohibited from disturbed the wildlife.
Arredondo Estates is a calm and scenic neighborhood overlooking Florida State Road 24 in North Florida. Just a skip and a hop from Gainesville’s northern border, the community has a well-developed commercial area as well as residential quarters. Dogwood Park & Day Care is a boarding facility just east of the neighborhood that offers an amazing dog park for a small entrance fee. You can be sure that the area is fenced, clean, and safe for your furry baby. This park is a doggie paw-adise complete with a small pond, a sandy “beach” area, and plenty of toys to play with. What are you waiting for? The water will not splash itself!
Porters Farm, set in the heart of the community, is the namesake of one of Gainesville's central neighborhoods. The area offers rural charm and a densely populated residential quarter served by local businesses. If you're traveling with Fido and need to stretch your legs, stop by Haisley Lynch Dog Park, a tiny facility on South Main Street. Despite being set almost in downtown, this park is never crowded and is perfect for bringing your shy mutt to play catch or master a drill. The area is fenced and has a double-gated entrance, but no drinking water or bowls on-site.
Appletree is a very small neighborhood in North Gainesville overlooking a busy commercial area on North-West 34th Boulevard. Just a few steps West is Possum Creek Park, a popular public park. This place is natural fun for kids and dogs! Apart from the skate park and a playground, the park offers miles of walking trails and a furrific off-leash dog park. Let Fido sniff out a new furry buddy in one of the two enclosures and enjoy the amenities: an agility course for sporty mutts and a swimming pool for lots of splashes! If your buddy gets a little muddy, no worries -- just rinse him off with the hose on-site.