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Elizabethtown is just 45 miles south of Louisville in Kentucky. Normally referred to as E-town, the muttropolitan area has become part of the program of Sister Cities, and is paired with Koori, Japan to help exchange students go back and forth. Despite the change the city has gone through, how Elizabethtown loves their dogs has not!
Elizabethtown's largest and most dog-friendly park is the Freeman Lake Park, a 93-acre area that surrounds a 170-acre lake. The area is mostly open with scattered trees, fishing docks, boat ramps, picnic shelters, grilling stations, and recreational fields. The park even has 7 miles of paved walking trails that loop around the lake, and an enclosed dog park. The Freeman Lake Dog Park is a large fenced-in area, with separate sections for small and large dogs, clean-up stations, dog-sized water fountains, benches, and double-gated entrances.
To get closer to nature, head down to the Elizabethtown Nature Park, a 104-acre area filled with maintained pastures and fields, with a creek for fishing and a gravel walking trail. Trash bins and benches are in the parking lot. Remember to leash up Fido before heading into the park.
Elizabethtown is known for its outdoor activities and has amazing trails, like the John Severns Trail, Cave Spring Trailhead, or the John Helm Trailhead.
Whether hiking, playing or visiting one of the cities 5 veterinarians, you and Fido won't get enough of the lovely outdoors of the city.
The Saint John Road and Ring Road neighborhood is a suburban neighborhood, outside the inner city area of Elizabethtown. If your dog needs a lot of room to run around and play, then the best place to head to is the Elizabethtown Sports Park. This large facility has over 12 baseball diamonds, 12 soccer fields, and multiple other recreational areas. The park also has a large picnic pavilion, restrooms, benches, paved walkways that span over 2.3 miles throughout the park, water fountains, and clean-up stations for pups. A smaller park that's in the area is University Park, which contains small open fields with trees surrounding the park. Dogs are welcome while they are on a leash, and can enjoy water fountains, trash bins, and benches.
Central Elizabethtown is the busiest area in the city, with active shopping centers and bustling streets. In the middle of the urban district is Elizabethtown City Park, a large and spacious park that's perfect for a day out with your pup, whether you want to play, get some exercise, or go for a leisurely stroll. The park has multiple recreational fields, including fenced-in tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and a soccer field. Around the fields is a paved path that winds through the park, with access to water fountains, clean-up stations, and benches. After playing, if you plan on staying in the neighborhood overnight, head over to Days Inn. The hotel is dog-friendly and allows up to two pets for an additional fee.
The neighborhood of Gaithers is a quiet and pleasant neighborhood, filled with residential homes and open fields. Some of those fields belong to Haycraft Park, a small but welcoming park that has open space, shaded sitting areas, and creek access for fishing. There is a small playground alongside a pavilion for picnics and gatherings, with a dirt trail. Dogs are welcome while on a leash, and will have access to water fountains, benches, and trash bins. The Buffalo Lake Walking Trail is also a popular spot for dog walkers, thanks to the scenic surroundings of Buffalo Lake and the forested landscape. Leashed pups can enjoy a smooth stroll along the 1.9 miles of path that loops around the lake.
The Rogersville neighborhood is on the southern side of Radcliff, a town that is 7 miles from Elizabethtown. Inside the neighborhood, visitors and residents enjoy going to Dawley Park, a large recreational area with multiple ballfields, paved walkways, and lots of open space. The area is perfect to bring Fido to whether you want to play or just go for a walk. On the northern side of the neighborhood is Duvall park, another recreational area with 6 baseball diamonds, open meadows, and space to enjoy a picnic. Pups have to remain on a leash inside both parks, but can enjoy amenities like water fountains, benches, and trash bins in both.
Ten miles north of the Elizabethtown is the neighborhood of Vine Grove Center in Vine Grove. The area is popular among dog lovers thanks to Optimist Park. This park is dog-friendly to leashed pups, and features thick forests on the north and south sides of the park that provide privacy and shade, with enclosed baseball diamonds and soccer fields inside. There is a paved walkway that connects the fields and allows access to amenities like water fountains, clean-up stations, benches, and picnic tables. West of the park is Scheible Park and Canaday Field, a spacious park with the Brushy Fork Creek that cuts right through. Dogs are welcome inside the park, and will have plenty of space to run play, or just walk around.
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