The heart of Spartanburg, its downtown area, is generally considered to center at E. John Street and S. Church Street Ext. The downtown area is promoted as one of the most walkable in the area. The Hub City, the nickname for Spartanburg from the 1800s when it was a major transportation center, welcomes mild weather year-round but in the summertime, temperatures can rise into the 90's with high humidity. Those are the dog days of summer when your walks with your pup are better suited for the cool mornings.
A snowstorm can shut down the city once in a while, but overall, it is a great climate for dog-walking. In the summer, stop by Dottie’s Toffee on W. Main Street for dog-friendly outdoor seating and don’t forget to ask about their frozen doggie treats! For something a bit more adult, walk over to Fr8yard where your four-legged companion is welcome to join you at their ample outdoor seating area.
Downtown Spartanburg is made for walking and is a great experience to share with your furry friend. Wide sidewalks welcome walkers of all kinds so sharing your space with other pedestrians will be commonplace. The terrain is heavy on the artificial side with concrete sidewalks, but it is broken up by natural planned turf here and there with some parks thrown in to offer some diversity.
This is an area of South Carolina that is in what some consider to be the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so it is not exactly a flat terrain. However, it is a city walk experience, so you don't feel the uphill or notice it as much. Plan to keep your pup on a leash and close to you when walking with a crowd. Automotive traffic will be present, so be sure to obey pedestrian traffic laws and cross at marked walkways with your pup close to you.
There are some planned greenways in the downtown area. The Downtown Pocket Park is across from the Herald-Journal offices and has a bit of a trendy park atmosphere to it with café-style seating and free wi-fi. This is an on-leash experience for your pup, as is all of the downtown areas. Enjoy the sights and sounds that will capture your attention, but don't forget your pup might get stressed with so much going on.
The Hub City Art Park at W. Henry St. and S. Daniel Morgan Avenue is a nice refuge from the business of the downtown area. A nice alternative to green space is the themed Historic Downtown Walking Tour you can access on your smartphone that will guide you on the route and introduce you to the city's 200-year music history, architecture, war, transportation, entertainment, and more. There are also 75 public art installations throughout the city to find and enjoy with your furry friend.