Canton is a city in Madison County, Mississippi, just north of the capital. Although Canton isn't as historically significant as some of its neighboring cities, it’s still a furrific place where you can learn and sniff out a lot! The courthouse and the courthouse square are the most prominent and beautiful places in the city. This historic venue comes complete with a shopping district and a seasonal flea market.
The city has no parks to walk in with Fido, but you can always travel to the campgrounds on the banks of Ross R. Barnett Reservoir in Jackson. Jackson is also the perfect place to find a vet!
Spend the whole day out in Pearl River State Wildlife Management Area, especially if you are into hunting! Check the rules and permit requirements before visiting, though. It’s a great place for hunters to train their loyal pups. If you don’t want to hunt, that’s fine -- however, you and your buddy will need to wear day-glo orange vests during your time in the park. While you're here, you can sniff and explore your surroundings. There aren't any walking trails, but you and Fido can tread your own path in this expansive terrain!
Summers Bay is located on the eastern end of Ridgeland, Mississippi, on the banks of Ross R. Barnett Reservoir, just a skip and a hop from Natchez Trace Overlook, a scenic place with convenient sidewalks. As a mixed-use neighborhood, Summers Bay has a variety of local businesses paired with small studio homes and apartment complexes. Where do the locals have outdoor fun? In Old Trace Park, of course! This is a favorite place to picnic with family and friends! And furry friends are included. You will find Dog Park at the Rez within the central area. Your mutt can run off-leash and play with pup peers from dawn to dusk!
Broadmoor is a primarily residential neighborhood in the northern part of Jackson, a few miles away from Interstate 55 North Frontage Road. This location is an advantage -- local businesses and entertainment venues are dotted along the road leading to Jackson’s downtown. Broadmoor has the lowest cost of living in comparison with other neighborhoods in Jackson. There's also a local favorite park here! Old Trace’s New Dog Park is a very small regional asset with a fence and green grass for puppies and owners who have no backyard for outdoor games. Hidden away between the apartment buildings, the park is quiet and never crowded.
You will find Presidential Hills right off of Natchez Trace Parkway in Northwest Jackson. It’s a quiet and residential neighborhood hidden away from the downtown buzz. Small and medium-sized single-family homes make up the majority of the area. If you've got some time with Fido, head to CARA, a community shelter with a friendly dog park. This is the best place for your furry buddy to make new friends and play off-leash! About 2 acres of the space has everything you may need and more, including a small pond to cool off and splash in! You can apply for a membership online.
The area around Flowood Drive in the northeastern part of Flowood is a small but buzzing with the fun community! There are plenty of shopping and entertainment venues, malls, and cafes. The residential quarters take up less than half of the area and are close to Winners Circle Park and Flowood Nature Park. Conveniently enough, both places are dog-friendly! Local tennis enthusiasts love Winners Circle Park, and you can watch them playing while strolling along the sidewalks in the shade! Flowood Nature Park is bigger and has multiple walking trails -- so much to sniff and explore with Fido! Always bring drinking water, a leash, and waste bags with you.
Woodlake is a small independent community overlooking Pelahatchie Bay. It's about 25 minutes from Jackson’s downtown via Lakeland Drive in Mississippi. The area is perfect for retirees or those looking for a vacation home, with beautiful waterfront condos and small one-bedroom family homes. Hidden away from the buzz and hustle, Woodlake is just a skip and a hop away from Pelahatchie Shore Park and Lakeshore Park. These two green spaces are pet-friendly! Although you will have to keep the pooch on-leash, both parks are fantastic for strolling and exercising! The paved walking trails in Pelahatchie Shore Park will be a good excursion for any hyper hound!