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Dog Areas in Elgin, SC

The town of Elgin, South Carolina didn't always go by its current name. Originally, the town was called Jeffers. After that, it was known as Blaney. Elgin, which is about 30 minutes outside of Columbia, was founded back in 1898 when a post office was built in what is now the town. 

Today, Elgin serves as a bedroom community for Columbia, allowing people to enjoy the best small-town living has to offer while still having all the amenities of a larger city nearby. Elgin is also known for hosting the annual Catfish Stomp, which is a big parade that runs through the town.

Elgin isn't the most dog-friendly city in South Carolina's Midlands. There are no dog parks and no dog-friendly eateries. However, with Columbia being so close by, you can spend time out with your dog just a short drive's distance away. There are a few veterinarian clinics in Elgin as well, so if you need care for a sick or injured pet, you can rest easy knowing it's nearby.

If you enjoy the peace and quiet offered by a small town but like knowing there's plenty to do just up the road, Elgin is a great option for you and your canine companion!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Elgin, SC

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 95/sq mi

    #1 Goodale State Park

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    Just 20 minutes from Elgin, you and your dog can go on a wildlife scavenger hunt in Goodale State Park! While following the park's 1.7-mile trail, see if you can spot some of the most popular animals that call the park home, from herons to snakes to alligators! Your pet must stay on their leash, and it's your responsibility to clean up any messes they try to leave behind. Make sure you bring along plenty of water. After your hike, if your dog is used to being on the water, rent a canoe and head out on the lake located in the park.
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  2. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,949/sq mi

    #2 Sesquicentennial State Park

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    While you will need a pass (either daily or annual) to use this bark park, locals insist it's worth it! The bark park in Sesquicentennial State Park is about 30 minutes from Elgin. Nearly two acres are provided for your pooch to have some off-leash fun while playing with their pawesome new pals! Once you and your pup are done at the dog park, head out to explore the rest of the state park. There are three hiking trails in the park. Each trail varies in length and intensity, so there's something for everyone! A leash is required on the trails.
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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 4,035/sq mi

    #3 Five Points

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    Just a thirty-minute drive from Elgin, you and Fido can visit Emily Douglas Dog Park, which is Columbia's only free bark park! This fenced-in, off-leash dog park has plenty of room for your pup to run around and get in their exercise. Water is provided for your pup, but it's on you to bring waste baggies for clean-up. There's plenty of seating for dog moms and dads, as well. After you're done at the bark park, visit one of many dog-friendly restaurants in Five Points. Burger Tavern 77 is a local favorite. The joint dishes up delicious burgers, and Fido can join you on the patio.
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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,794/sq mi

    #4 Earlewood

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    Columbia's Earlewood neighborhood is home to NOMA Bark Park. The name comes from the park's location on North Main Street. This off-leash bark park is sure to be a ball for your pup! Toys are provided so that your dog can have fun playing tug-o-war with their new friends. During the summer, the park even puts out kiddie pools so that your dog can take a dip to cool off from the heat. A membership or day-pass is required to use this bark park, but that's mostly to ensure all dogs coming in the park are up-to-date on vaccinations! This bark park is about 35 minutes from Elgin.
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  5. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 59/sq mi

    #5 Lee State Park

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    If you're just beginning as a hiker, Lee State Park has a couple of trails that are sure to be pawfect for you and Fido! If you're an advanced hiker, we bet you'll like them, too. The state park, which is a 30-minute drive from Elgin, is home to two short trails; neither trail is longer than one mile. If you want to make a day of it, bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy chowing down with your chow hound in one of the picnic shelters. Campsites are also available for you and your dog. A leash is required in all areas of the park.
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