As the sixth largest city in the Magnolia State, it's no surprise that Meridian, Mississippi has quite a few activities and attractions for people and their four-legged companions. Want to explore the "Queen City" with your pet in tow? No problem!
Bonita Lake Park is a local favorite. Leashed dogs are almost always allowed without issues in particular areas of the park. This park features several lakes surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Miles of nature paths, playgrounds, and shaded picnic areas are abundant. Visitors love how well-kept the trails are, the picturesque views, and the amount of different activities to enjoy both alone, and with Fido - truly a place that has something for everybody.
If you're looking for another trail to explore the great outdoors, give Longleaf Trace a try. This paved, moderate trail covers over 40 miles, from Hattiesburg to Prentiss. A former railway line, this scenic route has been converted into a shaded, peaceful trail for you and Fido to enjoy.
Coming from out of town, or looking for a weekend camping getaway? You won't have trouble finding pet-friendly lodging in the area. Nanabe Creek Campground welcomes on-leash dogs, with no restrictions on pet size and no additional fee. The La Quinta Inn, Motel 6, and Drury Inn & Suites all accommodate pets as well.
Bonita Lakes Park in this beautiful neighborhood is a great place for you and your pooch to relax, swim, and get some exercise in. Weighing in at a hefty 3,300 acres, this park contains three lakes, a golf course, and the Long Creek Reservoir. You and your dog can enjoy fishing and swimming in the lakes, a picnic in designated areas, and miles of walking trails. The Bonita Lake Trail is a looped trail spanning 5.8 miles, and your dog must stay leashed throughout. Keeping the leash on in the rest of the park is ideal, since there is often multiple activities happening, including horseback riding.
Highland Park is a beautiful park surrounded by trees. To get some scenic walking in, take your dog on the walking path. The park also includes basketball courts, a duck pond, tennis courts, baseball fields, and a picnic area, all perfect for you pup to explore. You can even rent out a shelter/pavilion space for a trailer and do some camping with your dog at the park, but make sure you keep your dog on a leash when he is out of the camper. The Gallagher Creek runs through Highland Park, and your dog is welcome to dip in his paws and get cooled off.
On the outskirts of Meridian is Okatibbee Lake and Okatobbee State Wildlife Area. You and your pooch are more than welcome to visit the lake and park as long as your pup stays leashed. Be aware that the lake has been known to have alligators, so make sure to keep your dog a safe distance away from the lake. Instead, enjoy the amazing trails and hikes that Okatibbee has to offer and spend an amazing day with your pup. You can even extend the fun and camp out at Okatibbee Lake with your dog.
The city of Columbus is located a little bit out of Meridian, but is worth the drive, as it offers the Columbus Riverwalk and Trail. This awesome trail winds along the Tombigbee River and features two pavilions, bathrooms, benches, bike racks, and picnic tables. Your dog needs to remain on leash the whole time you are on the trail and Riverwalk. If you and your pup are hungry and didn’t bring lunch, then stop by Sonic and grab some awesome American Drive-In food that welcomes your dog on their patio, or the two of you can sit in the car and wait for the waitresses to arrive on skates with your grub.
Along Highway 39 is a great 85-acre park in the Marion neighborhood that both you and your dog can enjoy. Northeast Park has an asphalt walking path and a running track, both perfect for you and your pup to get plenty of exercise in. The park is well lighted at night and has concession stands, tennis courts, a soccer field, a playground, pavilions, and restrooms, among other amenities. This large park is sure to have something for your pup, from tons of grass for your dog to roll around on to wide spaces for running. Your pup will be thanking you for the fun day at the park.