Located in the center of the beautiful state of Mississippi, Kosciusko is just an hour and a half northeast of Jackson, and features one of the most well-known trails in the area. Hikers and bikers travel the Natchez Trace and often stop by the visitor’s center for some local information. Families out with their pups also spend time hanging out in town visiting shops and restaurants. Luckily for Fido, there are two veterinarian clinics in town. You can easily make routine appointments or find emergency care for your furry family member.
When you need some exercise and entertainment for your pup and the kids, the Hugh Ellard Park is a fun destination. The ball fields are perfect for running around, and you can even find a snack when the concession stands are open. There are picnic tables in the area where you can relax with a cold bottle of water and chat with friends.
If you are planning to spend the night in Kosciusko, the Econo Lodge is near the Visitor’s Center and welcomes pups for an additional fee. Whether you are planning to hike the trail or just spend time with family, Kosciusko offers several pup friendly destinations.
If you and the family are looking for a day filled with outdoor activities and time with your pup, travel about 30 miles northeast of town to the Tombigbee National Forest in Ackerman. There are hiking trails that go through remote areas of the Choctaw and Winston counties and you will often see hikers out with their pups getting some exercise. Many of the trails area well marked and let you know how difficult and how long the path is to hike. Depending on your plans, you can hike and then relax in an open area and enjoy a picnic with your pooch before heading home.
Surrounded by mature trees, Lindsays RV Park is located on Williamsville Road and offers a pup-friendly destination for you and your recreational vehicle. When planning a visit to the Natchez Trace, staying at the campground is a great option for you and Fido. There are concrete slabs and water, sewer and electric are available. You and your pooch can walk around the area while your pup rolls around in the grass and leaves or socializes with other pups in the park. The friendly owners are ready to answer all your questions, just be sure to bring doggie waste bags so you can clean up after your pup.
About twenty miles west of Kosciusko, the Holmes County State Park is in the town of Durant. The park features two lakes including the 14-acre Odum Lake and the 45-acre English Lake where you and your pup can walk around or enjoy some water activities. If you want to spend time with your pooch and the family camping, there are tent, camper, and cabins available. The campground offers clean restrooms and a playground where the kids can run around and you and your pup can relax on a bench and watch them play. The hiking trails are easy and you will love walking through the forest admiring nature.
Jason Niles Park covers an entire city block and features tennis courts, a playground, and a walking track. When you and Fido need some exercise, head over to the track and get in some laps. The paved walking path is perfect if you are pushing a stroller or using a wheelchair. Your pooch will love using up energy and spending quality time with the family. You can stroll through the park and admire the gardens while your pooch sniffs and rolls in the grass. When you are tired out, relax on one of the shaded benches and drink a cold bottle of water.
The Kosciusko Information Center Natchez Trace is four minutes south of the center of town, and you and Fido can access the trail or just use the picnic area and read about the nature exhibits. If you travel north – you will find Hurricane Creek Trail at the 164.3-mile marker. The trail follows a creek bed and is less than half of a mile of trees and foliage where your pup will have a sniftastic time. When traveling south, you can enjoy the picnic area at Holly Hill at the 154.3 milepost, or hike about ten miles south to the Myrick Creek Trail. If Fido is feeling especially energetic, continue down the Trace until you get to the Robinson Road picnic area at mile post 135.5, where you will find shade trees and clean restrooms.