Saint Andrews is a town in the heart of South Carolina that is known not only for its flowing rivers and lush, green forests, but for the friendliness of its community. Here, you will find 2,000-acre state forests, small community parks, gourmet restaurants, and little, locally-famous dives. There is truly something here for everyone to enjoy.
The city is a place that anyone who is traveling through the area will want to visit — especially those with canine companions! Saint Andrews is a very dog-accepting community, and you will find dog parks and restaurants with outdoor seating that can accommodate pets throughout its many neighborhoods. You will always feel at ease knowing that there are almost ten veterinary clinics in the area to serve the large community of dog lovers. In Saint Andrews and the neighboring city of Columbia, you will also find plenty of lodging options — in total, there are over ten Fido-approved options! And Saint Andrews is so close to South Carolina’s capital city that you might want to make room in your schedule to explore both!
Every year, travelers from all over the world make the trip to beautiful Saint Andrews, and you and your dog will be glad to count yourself among them.
Seven Oaks is a census-designated place that's just a bone's throw outside Columbia, and there are a whole lot of places there that you and your dog can enjoy. Saluda Shoals Barking Lot is a fenced, off-leash dog park that spans two acres. It even contains two bone-shaped pools and a doggy drinking fountain so your pawesome pal can stay cool! A day pass is $5, so be sure to factor that into your plans. Seven Oaks is home to Seven Oaks Park. This park is bordered by Kinley Creek and has walking trails for you and your dog to enjoy.
Earlewood is near the eastern side of Saint Andrews, across Broad River. This neighborhood has parks that are great for walking and jogging or just relaxing. Earlewood Park is pawfect for a walk, and it is also home to the membership-only NoMa Bark Park. This is a two-acre off-leash dog park that requires a membership to utilize. The park also contains a disc golf course and a community center. Hyatt Park off of Jackson Avenue is another option for stretching all six of your legs; it is a welcoming community park with some walking trails shaded by beautiful groves of trees.
Bordered by the Saluda River and Broad River, Woodland Hills, just outside Saint Andrews, has something to offer everyone. While you’re visiting Saint Andrews, this neighborhood can be a great place to walk alongside one of the rivers and get a bite to eat. For those who love spicy and savory fare, Real Mexico Restaurant y Tienda is a great choice. It has an outdoor patio that welcomes dogs and their humans. For an exotic taste of Indian cuisine, head to Persis Biryani Indian Grill on Bush River Road. For a more traditional meal, Schlotzky’s is a great option. They have tasty sandwiches, wraps, pizza and more.
The north end of Saint Andrews isn't far from the neighborhood of Coatesworth in Irmo. Nearby, you can find Harbison State Forest; it is over 2,000 acres and contains eighteen miles of trails! There's a lot to do there, so make sure you carve out a good chunk of time to explore everything it has to offer. The trails vary in difficulty, so you can be sure you’ll find one that suits you and your furry friend. Also, make sure that you have $5 for a parking permit which lasts all day. If that’s not enough, Irmo Community Park is West of Harbison, and it features walking trails and a pond with a fountain. Both parks require leashes.
Downtown Columbia is a short distance away from downtown Saint Andrews, so it makes for a great addition to your list of destinations. Emily Douglas Dog Park is a free dog park that is open to the public, so be sure to stop by for some off-leash playtime. Another must-visit location in town is Pupcakes Pet Boutique and Bakery. They welcome dogs (and humans) inside and have a selection of accessories as well as delicious home-baked treats! You also have plenty of options to choose from for human food, as there are nearly twenty Fido-approved restaurants in the surrounding area.