Part of the Jackson "Muttropolitan" Statistical Area, MS, Richland is a great place to stop on your travels. It’s just a bone's throw away from the big city so you can find all the amenities you need while still staying in a small town with a friendly vibe. The hotels here are friendly to dog owners with puppies or lap dogs. Have a big buddy? You’ll have to find a place in Jackson, just ten minutes north. There's a vet clinic right in town, and there are also five veterinary hospitals in Jackson and one in Pearl.
Richland Eastside Park is a simple, no-frills place to have a picnic with friends and Fido. The park has a beautiful shaded area with tables and a softball field. It's very pawpular with the locals, but rarely crowded. Keep in mind that your barking buddy should stay on-leash.
Before rushing off to Jackson, you can also chill out in Pearl City Park, northeast of Richland. This is a green venue with sports fields, shaded paths, and lots of open space to explore and sniff. Afterward, enjoy a fresh smoothie at the outdoor tables of Tropical Smoothie Café on your way to Jackson. It’s a favorite local joint with all sorts of healthy food and delicious sandwiches you can take to-go!
Presidential Hills is a quiet residential neighborhood in Jackson. The area features two beautiful parks, a community center, and a creek. Just a mile south of this urban oasis, you'll find a place that your doggie has been dreaming of -- an off-leash dog park! Bree’s Bark Park is a 2-acre area with a pool, fence, and plenty of room to chase each other's tails! Embark on an adventure along the walking trails adjacent to the park, or enjoy the company of other pups in the separate enclosures for small and large pups. As a part of CARA Animal Shelter, the park requires a yearly membership.
The Fondren neighborhood in Jackson, MS is one of the most attractive neighborhoods for both visitors and residents. Set very close to I-55, it has all the amenities you might pawssibly need. Here, you will find a variety of shops and eateries to stop by and grab a bite with Fido. What about recreational activities? Well, the area is just a bone's throw away from the beautiful walking trails in Parham Bridges Park. Although it’s a public area, pooches are welcome on-leash! Old Trace’s New Dog Park, recently opened in 2017, is located just north of the neighborhood. This is a small dog park hidden away from the highway buzz -- pawfect for little puppies and shy mutts!
Summers Bay is a waterfront neighborhood in East Ridgeland, Mississippi. It’s a great place to rent a vacation house near the shore or enjoy a ride on a yacht! No boat? No problem -- you and Fido will still sniff out something to do! This mixed-use neighborhood features residential quarters and a commercial area with shops and cafes. For outdoor fun, head to Old Trace Park! This is a beautiful green space on the banks of Ross Barnett Reservoir. Pups can join you on-leash in the main park, but the best place for them is Old Trace Dog Park (also known as Dog Park at The Rez). It’s a fenced spot with plenty of grass, shade, and seating for your convenience. Don't forget the water and waste bags!
Bienville National Forest is a beautiful green space nestled between Meridian and Jackson. There are more than 178,367 acres of natural beauty waiting for you here! This expansive park features four campgrounds, beautiful lakes for fishing and canoeing, and vast terrains for hunting and walking. The trails are relatively moderate and will be perfect for both beginner and advanced hikers. Fido is more than welcome to join you for an adventure here. However, there’s a set of simple rules you have to follow: pups must always be under control and on a leash no longer than 5 feet. The fragile flora and fauna will thank you!
The Woods of Lakeland apartment complex is pawfect for families with furry members. This is a mixed-use area with recreational spots, single-family homes, and a commercial area. You will fall in love with Flowood Nature Park, an expansive space with lakes and paved trails for strolls! Hours of woodland adventure are waiting for you and Fido! Just remember to keep your dog on-leash. Winners Circle Park is a neighbor of the nature park, and it's perfect for sports and family gatherings! This park features a tennis court, playgrounds, and picnic tables hidden in the shade. Hounds can join you at any time, but they should stay on-leash and are not allowed on the sports fields.