Ridgeland is a beautiful South Carolina town with lots to offer all its furry residents and visitors. The town has four parks that welcome dogs, and it’s also just a short drive from many other picturesque dog-friendly parks and beaches. If your dog needs to see a veterinarian, there are three clinics in Ridgeland.
Want to spend the day on the beach with your dog? Head over to Burkes Beach! Located 35 miles from Ridgeland, this beach is the perfect spot to sunbathe or go for a swim with your dog. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, dogs are only allowed on the beach before 10 AM and after 5 PM. The rest of the year, you can bring your dog on the beach at any time. Bring some doggy bags and water, and enjoy strolling on the sand and swimming with your dog here.
If you’re searching for a fun spot to take your dog for an on-leash stroll, check out Savannah Riverfront Area. Located 32 miles from Ridgeland, this waterfront area has a paved pathway that goes along the Savannah River. There are lots of dog-friendly shops and restaurants along the path, and many of the shops also leave out water bowls for thirsty dogs. You and your dog will always have a great time here and at the many other dog-friendly parks, shops, and restaurants in and around Ridgeland!
This residential Ridgeland neighborhood is home to the beautiful Blue Heron Nature Center. This nature center offers two trails you can explore with your dog: a quarter-mile recycled rubber trail that loops around a pond and a quarter-mile boardwalk that takes you through wetlands filled with wildlife. Plus, the nature center also has a lovely butterfly garden you can walk through with your dog. If you want to picnic with your pup, the nature center has a scenic picnic area where you can enjoy lunch or a snack with your furry best friend. Bring water and doggy bags with you, and enjoy walking through this peaceful natural area!
If you’re looking for a pawesome off-leash area for your dog, Best Friends Dog Park is perfect for you. Located 36 miles from Ridgeland, this dog park has separate fenced areas for large and small dogs to play in. The park also has tennis balls you can use for games of catch, and it has two water fountains for dogs. After the dog park, continue your fun day out with lunch or dinner at Street Meet. This tavern specializes in “sidewalk sandwiches” from across America, including Cleveland po' boys, Philly cheesesteaks, Cuban sandwiches, and much more. Dogs are welcome to join you at the tavern’s outdoor tables.
This quiet, residential Beaufort neighborhood is home to an off-leash area all pups are sure to love Burton Wells Dog Park. This dog park is about 25 miles from Ridgeland, and it features two separate areas: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. The park also has a pond where dogs can splash around or go swimming, and water is available for thirsty dogs. If you want to take your dog for a longer on-leash walk after they’re done playing, there’s a walking track around the perimeter of the dog park. Your dog will love playing, swimming, and walking here!
Located 28 miles from Ridgeland, Historic Downtown is a commercial neighborhood with lots to offer dogs. If you want to take a walk along the water with your dog, head to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This park allows dogs on-leash, and it has a beautiful paved path that goes along the Beaufort River. Bring water for your dog with you, and have a good time exploring this park. If you’re hungry after your walk, head to Panini’s On The Waterfront. This Italian restaurant welcomes dogs on their outdoor deck, and they offer a doggie menu that includes items like beef and rice, turkey, and pooch pasta.
When you’re in this Savannah neighborhood, you won’t want to miss Forsyth Park. Located 33.5 miles from Ridgeland, this historic park welcomes dogs on-leash. While you’re here, you and your dog can check out the famous Forsyth Fountain, which is modeled after the Place de la Concorde in Peru. You and your pup can also go for strolls on Forsyth Park’s shady paved paths, or you can relax on one of the park’s open fields. If you’re hungry after your walk, there are lots of delicious dog-friendly restaurants nearby. If you’re in the mood for hearty pub fare, head to Six Pence. Or, if you’re just looking for a pastry and coffee, try Mate Factor Café. You and your pup will both have a great time exploring this dog-friendly neighborhood!