Beaufort was founded in 1711, which makes it number two in the ten oldest cities in South Carolina. It is actually on Port Royal Island in the Sea Islands. It is well-known for its beautiful location and historic architecture and military presence. Beaufort was chosen as Best Small Southern Town in Southern Living Magazine, and one of the top 50 adventure towns by National Geographic Magazine. It is also home to close to 3,000 dogs, so there are many dog-friendly places in town.
There are two county parks for pups in Beaufort. Burton Wells Dog Park on Burton Wells Road is an amazing place to take Fido while you are in town. It has distinct sections designated by size, specifically for big and small dogs, shade, dog waste stations, a pond, and it is fenced in for safety. Habersham Park on Habersham Park Road has a fenced area to let your pup socialize and run with the crowd. There are benches, restrooms, water, and plenty of space to play. The dogs are very friendly, and so are the humans.
Chaplin Park on Cast Net Drive is a dog park within a community park. There are tons of amenities there like a beach, basketball, pavilions, playgrounds, walking trails, ball fields, tennis, and so much more. You and Fido will never get bored or run out of things to do.
Take a trip to Southside Dog Park so your four legged friend can get rid of her extra energy. This park is located in Mossy Oaks and is a puptastic place for romping and playing around. Large dogs and small dogs have separate areas, so smaller pups won’t get overwhelmed by their bigger peers. Your dog will have the chance to socialize as she mixes and mingles with new four legged friends. The park is surrounded by Spanish moss draped oak trees, so while your pooch is running around, take a seat on a bench and soak in the scenery. Water fountains are available to help quench your pup’s thirst.
A trip to Beaufort isn’t complete without a visit to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This park is located in The Bluff and sits on the banks of the Beaufort River. Fur-tunately, this delightful space is pet friendly, so leash up your pup and head on over. Walk down the riverfront pathway while enjoying beautiful gardens, views of Lady’s Island, and the Woods Memorial Bridge. When you are ready for a delicious treat, visit Southern Sweets Ice Cream Parlor or Bruster’s Ice Cream of Beaufort. Both of these sweet establishments have doggy sundaes on the menu. Hot diggity dog!
Let your dog know he’s headed to Burton Wells Dog Park and watch his tail go wild! Located in the neighborhood of Burton, this deluxe dog park is a favorite among local canines. There are two fenced areas that lead to a lake, so pups who love to swim will be in heaven. Your furry friend will love sniffing around and meeting new friends. There is plenty of space for a game of fetch or chase. If you want some on leash time, check out the paths at the neighboring Burton Wells Park. The Spanish Moss Trail is also nearby. This 10 mile trail connects Beaufort to Port Royal and runs through marshlands and past several historical buildings.
If your pup is ready to get some fresh air, head over to the City Center and walk around Pigeon Point Park. Although this park is on the smaller side, it’s still a pawsome place for spending some quality time with your furry friend. Take a seat on one of the benches and enjoy the large oaks draped in Spanish moss. This park is a popular place for families, so let your pooch enjoy some socialization with new two legged friends. If nature is your thing, check out the Self-Guided Tree Walk. After you pick up a guide map at the Visitor’s Center, locate each of the trees listed. You’ll have a fetching good time!
Port Royal is just five miles south of Beaufort and well worth a visit. Your furry friend will love walking through the Cypress Wetlands. Clip on your dog’s leash and head out onto the boardwalk for some great wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes open for turtles, lizards and snakes. A variety of birds and ducks will get your pup’s attention. Be sure to head over to the boardwalk that overlooks the Harbor River. A four story tower provides the ideal viewing spot for dolphins, otters and raptors. You can also just saunter down the path and enjoy the stunning waterfront views.