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Wilson is a booming town 50 miles east of Raleigh in North Carolina. The community has been around since the mid 18th century when English settlers started turning the dense natural forests into farmland to produce tobacco. At one point, the city was once known as "The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market," and today has turned a lot of the older farmlands into public parks that are human and dog-friendly for pups of all shapes and sizes.
Toisnot Park is a popular park that rests on the northern part of the city, right outside of downtown. Resting along the Toisnot Reservoir, the park offers over 20 acres of well-kept open space, with trees bordering all sides of the park, 3 enclosed baseball fields, a playground, horseshoes, access to fishing, paved trails, restrooms, and three different picnic shelters with electricity. Pups are always welcome at the park while on a leash, and can roam around in the baseball fields, or enjoy other amenities like water fountains, clean-up stations, and benches.
The Whirligig Park is popular among pups and humans, thanks to its unique sights and events. The park hosts different wind-powered sculptures and small open space for residents to use for picnicking, playing or other get-togethers. Dogs have to remain on a leash 6 feet or shorter, or under voice control when they enter the park, and can enjoy a walk around the paved sidewalks, or play in the open areas.
Your pup may not be interested in the wind-powered sculptures, but no doubt he will fall in love with the number of open spaces, dog-friendly amenities, and six animal hospitals in Wilson.
The Tilghman Road N neighborhood is in the northern part of the city, bordered by the Toisnot River. The best place to go for kids, sports enthusiasts and dog walkers is the J Burt Gillette Athletic Complex. There are open spaces, recreational fields, and play areas surrounded by thick forests. Leashed pups are welcome at the complex and have a number of activities they can participate in, like walking along the paved paths, playing in the fields, running around in the fenced-in baseball courts, or relaxing under the pavilion for a picnic. Additional amenities for your pup include water fountains, nighttime lights, clean-up stations, and benches.
Wiggins Mill is a small, but residential neighborhood, with rows of homes and small shopping district. Residents of the neighborhood head to Westwood Park, a unique area with trees and open fields, with paved paths and nature trails through the trees. This peaceful park features multiple playgrounds, swing sets, a baseball diamond, pavilion, restrooms, and picnic area with grills. Leashed pups are welcome inside the park, and have access to water fountains, benches, and trash bins. Also in town is a dog-friendly restaurant known as Brewmasters. The hometown brewery offers craft beer and delicious pub grub, available to be served outside in the dog-friendly seating area, with complimentary water bowls for Fido.
The neighborhood of Killette-West is on the west side of Wilson, backed by residential homes to the north and farmland to the south. The best place to walk Fido here is the Five Points Park, a fenced-in and grassy field with trees, a soccer field, and baseball diamond. Although fenced-in, dogs are still required to be on a leash inside the park, but can run around in the open space, or take a walk on the sidewalk on the outside of the park. Also in the neighborhood is the Wilson Botanical Gardens, an indoor and outdoor display of local and foreign flowers. Dogs are welcome in the outside walkways of the gardens while they are on a leash, but are not allowed to go into the buildings at any time.
The town of Lucama is 9.5 miles southwest of Wilson, made up of rural farmland and short rows of residential homes and businesses. Pet owners and walkers of Wilson travel here thanks to Acid Park, a quiet but beautiful park in the town that offers tree-lined paths, shaded sitting areas, open fields, access to the pond for fishing and boating, and parking. There is no beach along the pond for swimming, but Fido is welcome to go to the shore's edge, run and play fetch in the open field, or take a peaceful walk through the trees. Pups are not required to be on a leash, but you should remember to bring water and clean-up bags.
The neighborhood of New Hope is 5 miles away from Wilson, in the town of Elm City. The neighborhood has some great features, like a lake, thick forests and open farmland as far as the eye can see. The lake is called Lake Wilson and along it is a park known as Lake Wilson Park. This park has something for everyone, open space to run around, a fun playground, two fishing docks, a boat launch, and a paved trail around the lake. Dogs are welcome inside the park while they are on a leash and have access to water fountains, clean-up stations, benches, and clean-up bags.
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