Located on West College Street, Murfreesboro Bark Park is a large, completely fenced-in dog park that also has a smaller area just for smaller pups. Play an intense game of tug-o-war, throw a squeaky toy, or run about while making new friends – both two-legged and four!
Grab your trail mix and a couple doggie biscuits, because you’re going to need a snack after your scenic hike at Murfreesboro’s Stones River Greenway System – which is one of the 1,600 rail-trails in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Picture this: towering shade trees, lush foliage, a clear blue sky with a warm, bright sun, wildlife scampering about. Okay, now stop imagining and get out there and experience it first-hand. Oh! And don’t forget to bring water for you and your beloved canine!
Something tells me your trail mix and doggie biscuits aren’t going to curb your hunger for long. After your peaceful hike, grab a bite to eat at Mellow Mushroom. Mellow Mushroom is a pizzeria and bar that also has other non-pizza food items (its well known for its pretzels with beer cheese, perhaps you’ll try them?). There’s no need to drop Fido off at home because he’s welcome out in the outdoor seating!
Reynolds/North Thompson Lane is a pleasant area with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Taking up nearly half of this neighborhood is Stones River National Battlefield. This historic area was a turning point in the civil war, and is a beautiful natural area that’s stocked full of wildlife. Take a walk through here with your pup to appreciate the history that brought this country where it is today, as well as the scenic natural views that are well maintained by volunteers to keep the area looking nice. If you’re coming from out of town, Home2 Suites is located just south and allows one pet up to seventy five pounds for a small fee.
Indian Creek is a lovely little community with a humble atmosphere. If you’re coming from out of town, the Residence Inn is located by plenty of amenities and is friendly toward two pets of any size for a small additional fee. For a relaxing stroll, you can take your pup along a small path off of Fortress Boulevard near Puckett Creek and enjoy the sound of running water while you take in the fresh outdoor air. This small, scenic path is dotted with occasional trees and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Your pup will definitely thank you for the outing and will want to go again and again!
Southridge Boulevard is a beautiful neighborhood with an outgoing community. Located off Veterans Parkway at the southern end of this neighborhood is Barfield Crescent Park, a huge green area with plenty to do. Follow the concrete pathways south long enough and you’ll hit gorgeous trails that wind through the most breathtaking natural areas of this park. This park is kept lush by West Fork Stones River and is host to a small variety of wildlife. Remember to keep your pup leashed at all times, as this park isn't fenced in. Your pup will have the time of his life exploring this natural spot.