The unique Mississippi town of Picayune is less than an hour from New Orleans, and offers a family and Fido-friendly atmosphere for travelers and resident. The interesting name comes from a Spanish coin. Even though it’s a small town, there are four veterinary clinics to take care of your pup.
Pups who enjoy spending time at the park will love the Mildred Mitchell Park named after a special lunch lady at the local school. The grassy areas are perfect to let Fido roll around or just chase a ball and get rid of some energy.
Another option when getting out with your pooch is the JP Johnson Park on Rosa Street. There are basketball courts for the kids and you and Fido can walk around the area and get some exercise. There are no water fountains at the park, so be sure to bring your water bottles.
Snyder Park, located near the elementary school, is another great place to take your pup for a stroll. You can walk along the pathways and count your laps while the kids play on the playground and enjoy the fresh air.
If you have family or friends coming to visit, both the Econo Lodge and Super 8 motels welcome pups for an additional fee.
When you are searching for a great destination to raise your pup, Picayune is a small town close to the amenities of a big city.
The Jack Read Park offers a peaceful place to spend some quality time with your pup. The large mature trees provide plenty of shade while you walk along the pathways and admire the gardens and well-manicured lawn. After taking a stroll with your pup and loved ones, relax at the picnic table and enjoy a cold bottle of water. On the way home from the park, stop by PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans where you can try out the espresso or frozen drinks on a warm day, and relax at the outdoor tables and chat with friends.
One of the most pupular destinations in town is the Crosby Arboretum Park off Interstate 59. The park features a large outdoor stage and over five acres of fenced green space where your pooch can play on a leash. The walking track is about 1/3 of a mile, so you and Fido can get some exercise while listening to music played through the speakers until 10 pm daily. There are clean restrooms available, and you can fill up water bottles at the fountain. When attending events at the park or just spending time with your pup, you will need to keep Fido on his leash and bring your own doggie waste bags.
Just a couple minutes south of the center of town, Friendship Park is on South Haugh Street and offers ball fields, tennis courts, and a great place to walk your pup. There is a walking path around the perimeter of the area so you can walk Fido and still see the kids playing ball. After getting some exercise, head over to the playground and relax on one of the shaded benches while the kids run off some energy. If you enjoy taking your pup for a stroll at night, the lighted tennis courts provide enough light to feel safe walking your pooch before bed.
If you enjoy camping with the family, Clearwater RV Park & Campground is just ten miles northeast of Picayune on Ceasar Road in Carriere. Pups are welcome at the park as long as you keep them on a leash when walking around the campground. You can pitch a tent or bring your RV, and enjoy some peace and tranquility under the mature trees or go for a walk around the pond. There is a nice walking path where you can get some exercise and then relax on the swing while looking out over the water. In the evening, both you and your pup can gaze at the starts and listen to the night sounds before bed.
When traveling to Picayune, plan to spend the night at the Days Inn conveniently located off Interstate 59. This hotel welcomes pups for an additional fee and you need to make a reservation in advance. There is a grassy area outside the hotel where you can walk with Fido, just be sure to bring your own doggie waste bags. If you don’t mind camping, the Sun Roamers RV Resort is in the same neighborhood. The pup-friendly campsites offer a place to hike with your pooch, fish with the kids, and watch a variety of wildlife. You will need to keep Fido on leash when strolling through the campground.