Southern Pines has several dog-friendly attractions for you and your pooch to enjoy! A must-see is the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. The park covers almost 900 acres in total. Dogs must be on no more than a 6-foot leash to enjoy this area. Centuries-old pine trees cover the park, providing a glimpse into what the area looked like many years ago. Rare species thrive here, so wildlife lovers are bound to see something out of the ordinary. Several trails cross through the park, most of them short and not steep.
Martin Park is Southern Pines’ only off-leash dog park. Located off of Commerce Avenue, the park is heavily used by friendly locals and visitors. In contrast to other parks that may simply consist of a wide-open fenced-in space, this park is marked by the various wooded trails, creeks, rocky formations that Fido is welcome to explore. Dog toys and water is provided. Keep in mind that the park is not completely fenced, so escape-artist dogs may need to remain on leash.
Need a place to stay in the area? The Days Inn Conference Center, the Econo Lodge & Suites, and the Residence Inn (for longer stays) all welcome dogs, with varying fee and weight policies.
For a pupstastic day out, head over to Knollwood and pay a visit to Reservoir Park. This beautiful park combines a 95 acre reservoir with 85 acres of surrounding woodlands. Your fur baby will love breathing in some fresh air as you wander around the waterfront area. Follow the Reservoir Park Greenway all away around the lake. This trail runs 2.1 miles, and passes through a forested area and across the dam. There other shorter trails if your pooch is in the mood for a more relaxing walk. Picnic areas are available, so bring your lunch and stay a while.
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve is one area your furry BFF won’t want to miss out on. Located in the Hog Island and Manly area, this natural expanse is full of majestic longleaf pines and provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon walk with your pup. Let your pooch pick from a selection of trails that wander through swamps, sandy uplands or forest. Trails range from just over a half of a mile to 2.6 miles, so she can go until she’s all tuckered out. Keep your eyes open for birds, fox, squirrels and tree frogs along the way.
Leash up your pup and head over to the Town Center for a walk through Downtown Park. This park is nestled right in the heart of Southern Pines and is a local gathering place for many residents. Your four legged companion can stretch his legs as you take laps around the park’s perimeter. Take some time to relax on one of the benches and let your dog soak in the sights and sounds of the day. For a change of scenery, venture into the surrounding streets. Stroll down Broad Street to get a feel for the town. Your fur baby will have a woofin’ good time!
Aberdeen Town Center in the nearby town of Aberdeen is home to Aberdeen Lake Park. This beautiful park is just five miles south of Southern Pines. Clip a leash on your furry friend and head out onto the two mile trail that circles Pages Lake. Your dog will enjoy being outside and love getting in his daily dose of doggy exercise. The lake is also a fishing hotspot, so if you’re feeling lucky, go ahead and cast a line. Your pup can soak up the sun while relaxing on the banks. The park also has a train themed playground for the little two legged members of the family. No bones about, this this park is pupperific!