One of the most popular getaways in Texas, Fredericksburg is a small city with deep-rooted German heritage. Known for its wines, B&Bs, and the great outdoors, Fredericksburg is as dog-friendly as it is charming, with ample activities for visiting and residing canines. There are seven veterinary centers that care for the city’s critters.
If your doggo is ready for an adventure, be sure to stop by Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, one of the biggest batholiths in the US. A favorite of locals and tourists alike, Enchanted Rock offers puptacular views of the Texas Hill Country and lots of photo opportunities. While pets are prohibited from the Summit Trail and going up on the rock, they are allowed on the Loop Trail as long as they are leashed. The trail is almost 5 miles and will take over 3 hours to circle, so bring plenty of water for the hike.
No trip to the Texas Wine Country would be complete without a visit to a vineyard. Furtunately, Wildseed Farms welcomes dogs to its award-winning winery and wildflower farm—they even have a large water bowl outside for visiting puppers. At Wildseed Farms, you get to enjoy a glass of wine, shop for wildflower seeds, and explore the walking trails, all with Fido by your side.
So come visit Fredericksburg—you and your pooch will love it!
Situated along Barons Creek, Fort Martin Scott is a restored US Army fort listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a State Antiquities Landmark. The first US military post to be established on the western frontier of Texas, it now serves as a site for regularly scheduled history reenactments and events. Visitors, including leashed four-legged ones, are free to explore the historical grounds on self-guided tours. Make sure Fido stays on the trails and does not disturb any objects. Admission to Fort Martin Scott is free, so step back in time and learn about the history of Texas with your best friend!
For pawsome views of the city without having to go through a grueling hike, head to Cross Mountain Park, located just at the outskirts of town. An easy 10-minute trek will bring you and Fido to the top of the historic marl and limestone hill, where a lighted cross stands on the overlook. There are also some benches for you and your pooch to sit on and enjoy a packed lunch while you admire the beautiful scenery of the Texas Hill Country. The trail up is pretty rocky though, so bring dog boots if Fido has them. Entrance to Cross Mountain Park is free and there’s plenty of parking available.
If you’re looking to spend some time in nature while in Fredericksburg, head over to the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the crown jewel of the city’s recreational sites. Located near Gillespie County Airport, this 330-acre park comprises rolling hills, nature trails, an RV park, athletic fields, and many other amenities. The Fredericksburg Nature Center, which is composed of 11 distinct habitats spread across 10 acres, can also be found within the park. The trails offer an easy hike and will take you and Fido along Live Oak Creek and among different species of forbs, grasses, and woody plants. Another feature for puppers to look forward to at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is an off-leash dog park that will be opening in the near future.
Marktplatz (Market Square) is a family- and pet-friendly park right in the center of the city. Conveniently located on Main Street, it surrounds one of Fredericksburg’s oldest buildings and most well-known landmarks, the Vereins Kirche. With its open space, gardens, walking paths, benches, and three large pavilions, Marktplatz is a woofderful place to take your dog for a walk. It also serves as a venue for festivals and concerts, so you and Fido just might catch one while you’re there. Just a short walk away from Marktplatz are some pet-friendly restaurants like West End Pizza Co. and Social Hauz, so there’s no need to worry about getting hungry.
Frantzen Park is a nice, uncrowded spot where you can spend some quality time with your best pal. The perfect place to take a leisurely leashed stroll with Fido, this small park features walking trails, picnic tables, and grassy areas along Barons Creek. Because it’s so quiet and peaceful, you might even see some of the wildlife living nearby. If you’re planning to spend a few days in Fredericksburg, the neighborhood offers the following pooch-friendly accommodations: Primrose, Windcrest Inn and Suites, and Peach Tree Inn & Suites. Pet fees apply and it is recommended to call first to reserve a pet-friendly room.