The blueberry capital of Mississippi, Poplarville is the county seat of Pearl River County, about 40 minutes south of Hattiesburg. The town is well-known for its hospitality; however, the town isn't quite as hospitable toward pups as it is people!
There’s only one RV park offering pet-friendly camping options, and just a few pet-friendly eateries, most of which have just a drive-through window. Veterinary help is easy to get, though. There are three vet clinics all located close to the downtown area. For recreation and outdoor fun, get ready to travel, but you won't have too "ruff" a time finding parks that welcome dogs! De Soto National Forest, northwest of Poplarville, is a magnificent place to explore and sniff out.
Paul B. Johnson State Park, located in the heart of Mississippi’s pine belt region, is a wonderful family-friendly place to get away from the daily grind and have some fun! There are more than 800 acres of outdoor activities, splash pads, a pond, and even camping options if you decide to stay overnight. The park requires a small entrance fee and asks you to keep your buddy on their leash at all times. Fido will love sniffing around the natural trails with ancient oaks and pines!
Flint Creek Water Park is a riverfront recreation area just 5 minutes away from downtown Wiggins. Close enough to Poplarville (about 30 minutes west via MS-26 East), the area is pawfect for enjoying a weekend retreat with a furry baby! The RV campsites are entirely pet-friendly and safe, but you have to keep the pooch on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Be sure to make the most of the place, and explore the walking trails and natural green spaces. Make sure your buddy doesn't disturb anyone on the beach -- dogs aren't allowed there.
Little Black Creek is a beautiful scenic area in Lumberton, located 17 minutes away. Locals say that this is one of the most beautiful camping spots in the area! (We'll let you and Fido be the judge of that.) Entirely pet-friendly, the Little Black Creek Campground offers plenty of outdoor activities. One of the most pawpular is fishing. No wonder -- there’s a huge stocked fishing pond nearby! The campsites are primitive, but you will feel at home here! Pooches can join you anywhere, but should not swim or disturb visitors by barking excessively or breaking into the camping tents. Occupy your hyper hound with a walk along the trails here.
If camping isn't your thing and you're looking for something a little different, gear up for a 30-minute ride to Hattiesburg! The Oaks is an attractive central neighborhood with the lively vibes of a modern city, complete with cafes, shops, and a wonderful dog park near West Pine Street. See Spot Run Dog Park had a great opening last year! Now, it offers a pawesome spot for local pups and visitors to play, run, bark, and have a blast off-leash in the historic downtown area of Hattiesburg. The park is fenced and well-shaded, but you'll need to bring your own water.
Harvey is a northern neighborhood in Petal. Centered at the intersection of South Main Street and Carterville Road, the area is home to a variety of shopping facilities. Keep your wallet safe and head to The Petal Dog Park at Dawson Cutoff. This is one of just a few official dog parks in Mississippi! Originally planned for the fun of local pooches, now it's very pawpular among visiting as well as resident pups. It’s a great spot to socialize and find some new buddies to chase. Two separate sections make it easy for small and large breeds to feel happy and safe!
Arnold Line is an independent neighborhood of West Hattiesburg. Rural and residential, this area is the pawfect place to escape the city for awhile. Your buddy will love Fields of Barktopia, a cool doggy spot hidden away from the residential quarters. This park is pawticularly popular on the weekends, so if your pup likes to make new friends, come by on a Saturday afternoon. The single area lets dogs of all sizes play together. The gravel area is a bit dusty, but there’s also enough grass and room to run and wallow in! Bring some drinking water and waste bags when visiting.