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The city of Lexington is located midway between Nashville and Memphis, and is known widely in town as “The Bar-be-Que Capital of the World.” Although it may arguably have more BBQ restaurants than any other city in the US, it also boasts many opportunities for dogs and their humans to find adventure in the outdoors. And to keep the pooch healthy and happy, there are 4 veterinarians in Lexington ready to help.
The Beech River flows through Lexington and widens into Beech Lake in the middle, where you’ll find the Beech Lake Family Camping Resort. This large, well-maintained and dog-friendly park and campground is situated between the Beech River and Graves Branch arms of the lake northeast of downtown. Featuring lakeside campsites with grills and picnic tables, the resort also offers a playground, on-site staff and a multitude of activities to keep the family busy while you and your fur-buddy check out the hiking trail along the lake and through the campground’s fields and woods. A boat launch is pawrfect for heading out on the water with Fido for a paddle or motor ride, and maybe a refreshing swim from the boat. With lots of green, open space ideal for picnicking and relaxing, toss down a blanket and have a meal and a nap. Or head over to the Dairy Queen and enjoy a cone, shake or sundae. Don’t forget to get a puppy cup!
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This neighborhood of Lexington is home to dog-friendly Cub Creek Lake, which is surrounded by wooded parkland ideal for exploring! Access to the lake and its environs is via Parsons Road, which connects with other paved roads providing trailheads for the several paths that circle the lake and connect with those in the Natchez Trace Trails to the north. Lush with trees and wildflowers, the trails also feature sightings of many bird species and small mammals that make this their home. A wooden footbridge will take walkers on the Cub Creek Trail across the lake to hook up with more trails and a large parking area. There’s also a campground with 23 RV and tent sites if you want to stay a few days. Be sure to keep the pup leashed. With several places to get to the lake by car, launching a kayak or canoe for a ride with the fur-baby on the water is easy, too! Woofderful!
While Lexington borders on the Natchez Trace State Park and Forest, it’s in Wildesville just 7 miles to the north that the bulk of the pup-welcoming park lies. Its 48,000 acres are covered with forest and fields, streams and lakes, and housed here are campgrounds, cabins and a lodge, with trails that range from .5-mile to 4.5 miles long. For ambitious humans and their canine companions, there is also a 40-mile overnight trail, with camping available along the way. Horseback riders use some of the trails, too and there are even special areas called wrangler campgrounds that accommodate horses and riders on the trails. Many of Natchez Trace’s trails interconnect with trails from Cub Creek, providing an opportunity for you and your pup to customize your hike. Pawrfect!
Along the Tennessee River a few miles east of Lexington is the Alley Bluff Tennessee Valley Authority Wild Area in the town of Parsons. Mostly wooded, with several branches of the river and multiple streams flowing through it, the area features back-country hiking where you and Fido can forge your own way or follow one of the many unmarked dirt trails or roads. Primitive camping and picnicking are other puppy-loved activities available throughout the scenic Wild Area. The Busseltown Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge lies along the riverbank just to the northeast and encompasses over 50,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. Many species of migrating waterfowl inhabit the refuge and provide furtastic sniffing and viewing for your fur-pal. Two hiking trails and 4 wildlife observation decks make getting close to the wildlife easy but be sure to keep your pup securely leashed.
The Cypress Grove Nature Park in this neighborhood in nearby Jackson is a preserve set aside to protect the wildlife and waterfowl that live here, and the plants and trees inside its borders. While dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk section of the park, they can wander on leash everywhere else, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful park. The 25-acre Wood Duck Lake area features walking paths with benches to pause and enjoy the serenity of the park, and gazebos provide shelter from the sun or inclement weather. A picnic pavilion and restrooms are available, and there’s plenty of grassy space to share a picnic basket full of goodies with your furry friend, too! Arf!.
The Westwood Gardens neighborhood of Jackson is home to the Jackson Downtown Dog Park, a grassy, fenced-in expanse just made for canine romping and socializing. With plenty of shade and a water faucet for filling up bowls or kiddie pools, there’s also seating for human members of the family to sit and watch their pups have a good time! To make cleaning up more convenient, waste bags and receptacles are provided, too. Located at Union Avenue and Jackson Walk Plaza, the park is easy to get to by foot or car, with parking at the plaza. Get out and have some fun with your furry bestie!
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