Nestled between Winnabow and Southport, Boiling Spring Lakes is a close-knit community that's home to more than 50 natural and man-made lakes. Boiling Spring Lakes is named for an actual boiling spring, and at the heart of the city is the 275-acre “Big Lake.” There are no veterinary clinics in the city, but the closest one is just a short, 12-minute drive away in nearby Supply.
Experience the great outdoors of Boiling Spring Lakes with your pup at the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve! Covering half of the city's incorporated area, the preserve spans nearly 7,000 acres and contains a myriad of rare flora and fauna. Start your adventure at the BSL Community Center trailhead and follow the trail through a portion of the preserve's fragile acres. Along the way, you and Fido will come across various carnivorous plants, vascular plant species, and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
If Fido prefers a more laid-back trip, head over to North Lake Park. This waterfront park offers serene views of North Lake, with a fishing dock that allows you and your pooch to get closer to the water. Or, you can just sit back and relax on one of the bench swings.
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No visit to Boiling Spring Lakes is complete without swinging by the city's centerpiece, Patricia Lake, also known as the “Big Lake.” The only public boat access to this 275-acre lake can be found in Alton Lennon Park, where you and your pup can take a pleasant leashed stroll by the water. Bench swings and a picnic shelter with tables to relax in are available as well. Spring Lake Park is another beautiful spot that's great for waterside walkies. You'll also find a short nature trail next to the beach that will lead you and your pup through a variety of plants.
Located behind the city hall, the Robert Muse Memorial Park is a woofderful spot to spend a nice afternoon with your doggo. This park is quieter since it's off the main road, so you and Fido can head here if you're not a fan of crowds. Aside from snifftastic grassy areas, the Robert Muse Memorial Park features a playground, picnic shelter, tennis court, and basketball court. After walking around the park with Fido, hop in the car and take a quick drive to the Pepperoni Grill to grab something to eat. This pizzeria offers more than just pizza, so snag an outdoor picnic table with your pup and order up.
If you and Fido find yourselves in the eastern part of town, you're in luck—there are three furrific parks in this area, all located within a mile of each other. Mirror Lake Park is a lovely waterfront park with a bench swing and picnic table where you and your pooch can take a pawse and look out onto the lake. Seminole Lake Park, situated next to the railroad tracks, also offers beautiful views of the water. The Charles Schneiders Park, while not a waterfront park, includes open grassy areas for Fido to explore and a picnic shelter where you both can have a snack.
If your pup is down for an outdoor adventure, head out 21 miles northwest of Boiling Spring Lakes to the Green Swamp Preserve in the nearby community of Supply. Known for its carnivorous plants and beautiful orchids, the Green Swamp Preserve spans almost 17,500 acres, comprising longleaf pine savannas and evergreen shrubs. A single, out-and-back trail stretching 1.5 miles will take you and Fido through several savannas in the preserve. Since the Green Swamp is home to a variety of insectivorous plants and rare animals, you may encounter Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, American alligators, fox squirrels, and more. Visitors are urged to stay on the trail, and dogs must be leashed at all times.
Has Fido been a good boy? Then reward him with a trip to the dog park! About 14 minutes south of Boiling Spring Lakes, the Salty Dog Park in neighboring Southport will surely set your pup's tail wagging with its two off-leash sections for big and small dogs. Don't worry if your dog's a high jumper, as the park's 6-foot-high fencing will surely keep him in. The Salty Dog Park has lots of room for your pooch to run around, as well as shade trees to keep him from overheating. Bring your own water, though, as there is no water spigot or fountain on-site.