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Saluda is a small town situated along the banks of the Little Saluda River. Like many towns in the area, what Saluda lacks in population, it certainly makes up for in charm. There is nothing finer than to be in Carolina, after all! With the beautiful river views, it’s easy to see why people would flock to this town, whether they’re tourists or live there on a more permanent basis.
While there aren’t a lot of activities for you and your canine companion, at least centered in Saluda, the city is just a short drive from Columbia, where you and Fido are sure to have the time of your lives. One of the many attractions nearby is the Columbia Dog Park, an off-leash park that’s very popular with the locals. It’s right next to the animal shelter and even features a doggy pond for your pup to get their paws wet. There is also drinking water, and doggy waste receptacles are available for use. Although there is a fee for the yearly pass, it’s well worth the money, and your dog will thank you. Just come on over and dive right on in!
A short distance from White Hall, a scenic neighborhood near the Saluda River, you and your pup will find the Saluda Shores Barking Lot. Featuring two acres of off-leash space for your pup to roam free, the park also features two bone-shaped swimming pools for cooling off in the hotter months. You’ll also find a doggy drinking fountain, so you may want to bring your pup’s trusty collapsible water bowl! Any messy mishaps that your pup has will need to be taken care of, so be sure to bring plenty of waste bags to keep this park clean!
Mosey on over to Earlewood, another beautiful neighborhood in Columbia where you and your pup are sure to have a good time. Therein is where you’ll find NOMA Bark Park, a 1.5-acre park that has two separate areas for dogs over thirty pounds and under thirty pounds. There are plenty of shady spots with benches you can relax on while your pup goes dog wild running free with their pup pals. There are also water stations for your wily woofer to wet their whistle, as well as doggy waste bags to clean up any puppy messes. You and Fido will pawsitively love this park!
The next item on your doggy to-do list should definitely be making your way to Shandon, a lovely locale in Columbia where you’ll find Emily Douglas Dog Park. It’s touted as being of moderate size, with plenty of shade and benches to relax on while your pup explores with their new canine companions. Although there are no separate areas for large and small dogs, most of the dogs and their owners are tremendously friendly. You and your pup will be welcomed with open arms, so feel free to bring plenty of treats and toys to share with the other pups!
If you’re looking for some awesome souvenirs to take home for your trip, or if you’re just looking to explore some of what Columbia has to offer, make your way to Arsenal Hill. That’s where you’ll find Mast General Store, a massive shop that offers any number of selections when it comes to classic bottled sodas, novelty signs, and apparel for both you and your furry friend. Dogs are welcomed in the store with open arms, with plenty of water bowls scattered throughout to keep your pup’s whistle wet. Just remember to keep your furry friend on a leash, and you and Fido are guaranteed to have a ball -- a tennis ball!
Lastly but not least by any means, make your way in the direction of Midtown-Downtown, which is where you’ll find the Hickory Tavern. A sports bar and grill that welcomes dogs of all kinds at their outdoor tables, Hickory Tavern has any number of draft beers to choose from, as well as a wide selection of delicious foods. From po' boys to burgers to salads, you’re sure to find something in this cozy little tavern to suit your tastes. Your dog will be the star of the show on the outdoor deck, and he's sure to receive plenty of love and head pats!
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