Located about twenty miles outside the capital of South Carolina, Blythewood is a prime example of a quaint southern town! The Main Street district is abuzz with little restaurants and shops, making for the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. A large part of Blythewood, though, consists of subdivisions and homes; the town has actually seen a population increase of over 1,000% percent since the year 2000! Many adults who work in Columbia see the growing town as the perfect place to settle down. Everyone seems to know each other, and the thirty-minute commute to the city is a breeze!
If all you’re looking for is a place to take your pup on a walk, Blythewood’s beautiful sidewalks are perfect for that! However, if you want to get out and have some fun with your pup, you may want to venture into Columbia. Blythewood has one dog-friendly restaurant, but the town has no dog parks. You can, however, take your leashed dog to any local park. Blythewood does have a few vets for you to choose from, allowing you to pick one that works best for your family, including Fido. Blythewood is a beautiful town, and if you’re willing to go for a short drive, it’s also a great town for your pup!
Groucho’s Deli is a local chain restaurant with restaurants scattered throughout South Carolina’s midlands, and if you’re looking to get your grub on, you gotta grab Groucho’s! This deli serves up mouthwatering sandwiches, salads, and sides, including potato salad. The best part about it? Your dog can dine with you! If the weather’s nice, grab a seat on the patio, where your well-behaved canine companion can join you. If he’s lucky, you might even sneak him a fry or two. Your dog will need to be on a leash at all times, and he can’t come inside with you.
Located around twenty minutes from Blythewood is Columbia’s NOMA Bark Park, and your pup is sure to have a howling good time here! Found in the Earlewood neighborhood, this dog park does have a small annual fee of $25 – but you do get some perks for joining. For example, toys are provided by the park, including tennis balls and ropes for tug-of-war. Waste disposal bags and water are provided at this off-leash park, so you don’t have to worry about bringing any along. Some breed restrictions do apply, so check out the park’s website for further information.
Sometimes you don’t want to pay to use a dog park, and that’s totally fine! Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood, which is about twenty miles from Blythewood, is home to Columbia’s only free bark park: Emily Douglas Dog Park. This off-leash dog park has plenty of room for your playful pup to run around, whether he’s chasing after all his new friends or running after a ball you’ve thrown. Water is provided by the park, but you will want to bring some waste disposal bags along. Seating is provided for pup parents.
If you’re willing to drive thirty or so minutes from Blythewood to Saluda Shoals in Columbia, you’ll find yet another dog park for your dog to play in: Saluda Shoals Barking Lot! Your pup can have a ball running around and getting in his exercise at this off-leash, fenced-in dog park. Grab some water and waste disposal bags from home and give your dog the chance to make some pawesome new friends. Your furry friend can also explore the rest of Saluda Shoals Park with you, but he’ll have to be on his leash once you leave the designated dog park.
Sesquicentennial State Park is a favorite with local dog owners, and there are plenty of reasons why! This state park, which is about ten minutes from Blythewood, has plenty of trails for you and your adventurous dog to hike. They’re even rated by proficiency level, so you can be sure you’re picking the best one for you and Fido. Want your dog to have some off-leash fun here? No problem! There’s a dog park located within the state park, meaning your dog gets the best of both worlds. Bring some walking shoes and a picnic lunch to make a day of it!