Dogs have been a big part of Canton, Texas since its incorporation in 1919. The town is known for its First Monday Trade Days, a monthly flea market in Canton, which would bring visitors from all around the area to swap cars, machinery cattle, and even dogs! Although dog-trading is not allowed anymore, dogs are welcome at the market, along with anywhere else outside in the town. Canton only has 1 animal hospital, but plenty more dog-friendly parks and trails around the city.
Duke's Travel Plaza Dog Park is a unique place to bring your pup, with a travel center for shopping, gas pumps, and a fenced-in area to let your dog run around and stretch his legs. The park is open to anyone who stops by and has a water spigot with bowls, a double-gated fence, grassy terrain, clean-up stations, and benches.
Cherry Creek Park is another great place to head out to for a day out with Fido, offering a large, mostly undeveloped area for hiking and play options. There's one open area, surrounded by forests and nature trails that wind around 1.5 miles. Dogs are welcome at the park while on a leash, and have access to clean-up bags, water fountains, benches, and trash bins.
Canton residents will enjoy the urban and natural areas all around town that are not only open year round, but always dog-friendly.
The neighborhood of Whitton is pretty bare, mostly taken up by farmland, forests, and the 355-acre Purtis Creek State Park. Despite the bare look, this neighborhood gains a lot of traffic thanks to the park that provides fishing spots, a boat launch, camping sites, hiking, and boat rentals. The park is also dog-friendly, and has 6 miles of nature trails that wind through the park and around the creek. Dogs must remain on a leash, and can access the trash bins and benches scattered throughout the park. If you plan on staying in the neighborhood, drive on over to the Super 8 Motel, a dog-friendly place that allows up to two dogs for a fee.
Edgewood is a small town 10 miles north of Canton that despite its small size still provides a dog-friendly place to bring Fido. The Edgewood City Park features a perimeter trail that's made of concrete, with dirt trails that runoff and wind throughout the park. There are two baseball diamonds, and plenty of open areas for Fido to run around and play. Dogs are welcome in the park, but must remain on a leash, and have access to water fountains, trash bins, and benches form the hours of 10 AM to 8 PM.