The town of Evans is a suburb of Augusta, which is 11 miles to the east. It is bordered on the northeast side by the Savannah River, which also forms the border with nearby South Carolina. This typical bedroom community has a large percentage of residents that commute 30 minutes or more to Augusta and other surrounding communities. While Evans contains the typical number of restaurants and big box stores associated with communities this size, it is also located among several natural areas and parks, with dog-friendly activities aplenty.
The Evans Towne Center Park features many activities for the family, but it hasn’t forgotten about the paws in your life. In addition to walking trails throughout the park, it also is host to a dog park. The Dog Park at Evans Towne Center is fully-fenced so pups can romp off-leash in safety, and is divided into large and small dog sections. The surface is paw-friendly sand and grass, and there is even agility equipment for dogs and their humans that want some challenge in their play. There are benches for the human-folk, and water fountains, too!Whether you live in Evans or are just visiting, there is plenty for outdoors-minded people and their fur-buddies to do in this woofderful town!
If visiting the Evans Towne Center Park and Dog Park whets your appetite (and Fido’s!), there are 5 dog-friendly restaurants nearby, lined up on the southwest side of Washington Avenue. All have outside tables where your pup can join you while you enjoy a meal and a libation. Hokkaido serves up Japanese fare such as sushi, bento boxes, noodle salads and more! Eli’s offers Southern style dishes with a modern flavor; Shane’s Rib Shack specializes in BBQ and live music; the Twisted Burrito serves burritos and tacos that have been made with all fresh ingredients to give them an “Americanized” taste; and the Mellow Mushroom is a pizza joint with a flair for mushrooms and other interesting toppings on their handmade pizzas, along with calzones and sandwiches. Bone appetit!
The Lewiston neighborhood in Evans is home to Blanchard Woods Park, which features cross-country trails that are perfect for a walk or run with your furry bestie! The 3-mile trail is fairly easy with 2 hills that really get the heart pounding, and a little loop around a pond that provides a nice scenic surprise. There are several trails that intersect and offer differing lengths, but all are clearly marked to prevent you and Fido from becoming hopelessly lost! Take a stroll along a creek, amble across a large meadow with wildflowers, or jog the manicured cross-country trails with Fido. It’s pawrrific!
This neighborhood is where you’ll find Riverside Park, which is a pup-friendly multi-use park. Here, you will find athletic fields and courts, access to the Savannah River via its Betty’s Branch tributary for boating and paddling, a playground and other people activities, including restrooms and a picnic area. For the canine member of your family, there is also the Riverside Dog Park, which features a separate small dog section, drinking water and benches. The surface is grass, and there is a gazebo for shade. Best of all, the park provides a rinse-off area – a real plus because it can become muddy at times. Be sure to bring a towel or two!
This neighborhood in Augusta, just 11 miles from Evans, is where you’ll find the Augusta Canal National Heritage Center and trailhead of the Augusta Canal Trail. The trail is 7.5 miles long, paved with asphalt in the city and dirt/gravel outside city limits, and supports walking and mountain-biking with your leashed furry friend. It includes a loop from the parking area to the Augusta Riverwalk on the Savannah River, and then follows the River with the canal on the other side of the trail to the King and Sibley Textile Mills to the north, and finally to scenic Savannah Rapids Park. Rapids that run over granite ledges and shady sections of mature trees make this a delight for human and doggo alike!