Hutto, one of the fastest growing and developing suburbs of Austin, welcomes you to explore the commercial area in downtown, which has preserved the history and legacy of the former agricultural community. Hutto is a great city to explore and enjoy. Although it's lacking in designated off-leash areas for mutts, or even simple eateries with outdoor tables, the town has plenty of public recreation areas for leashed walks, as well as four veterinary clinics. For more outdoor activities, you will have to travel to nearby cities, such as Round Rock or Pflugerville.
Creekside Park and Glenwood Splash Pad are both public parks in Hutto where you are welcome to enjoy a morning jog or an evening stroll with your leashed pup. The shaded walking trails here are a great place to hide from the Texas sun on a summer day. Bring your own supplies.
If all that exercise made you and Fido hungry, hop in the car and take a quick drive over to Round Rock. Here, you'll find some furrific Fido-friendly eateries where you can share a meal. Hat Creek Burgers is a local favorite, serving up juicy, freshly made burgers to doggie diners and their owners at the outdoor tables.
Falcon Pointe Dog Park, located at the very northern end of Pflugerville, is the closest dog park to Hutto. This simple facility has a fence, two separate sections for small and large pups, drinking water fountains and a wood chip cover. Bring your own waste bags.
Hutto is the pawfect place for dog owners who are looking for a cozy community, but want to stay close to the amenities of the big city.
Downtown Round Rock is a busy but welcoming area with a well-developed and fast-growing commercial sector. The real gem here, though, is Round Rock Dog Depot, a cool dog park for pups on Lake Creek. This large, fenced area features simple agility equipment, two separate sections for small and large pooches, lots of grass to wallow in, and tables where you and your family can enjoy a picnic or quick snack together. The locals are usually extremely friendly to newcomers, so prepare to make friends! And why not invite them for a drink at the local pub, The Brass Tap, which serves over 300 beers and offers dog-friendly outdoor tables?
Parkside is one of Pflugerville’s southern neighborhoods, and is home to a soccer field and the adjacent Harris Ridge Dog Park. This place promises lots of fun for pooches of all sizes and temperaments, offering two separate sections for large and small mutts. Conveniently located, the park is set in picturesque surroundings which you can explore with your leashed pooch. Take a stroll around the disc golf course on the gravel trail and near the water area, but watch out for snakes! Drinking water is available at the entrance to the park, and you can bring your own bowl to fill.
Located north of Wells Branch, Mills Pond Recreation Area is a nice and quiet spot hidden among northern neighborhoods of Austin, Texas. The park features miles of walking trails to explore with your leashed buddy, who will love sniffing and exploring the rocky shoreline and wooded area. If you and your fur baby love watching birds, Mills Pond Recreation Area is the pawfect spot to do it! Drinking water facilities are unavailable, so make sure to bring some with you. Or ask politely for a free bowl of water at Garbo’s, a pet-friendly eatery just a 5-minute walk from the park. You can chow down on some seafood with your hound at the outdoor tables here.
On the southern border of Austin's Walnut Crossing neighborhood, you'll find Balcones District Park, a hidden gem with multiple fields, walking trails, waterfalls and picturesque views. Have a stroll along the main path through the woods, which will take you further into the Walnut Crossing area. This isn't a dog park, though, which means your buddy will need stay on their leash at all times. But that won't spoil even a minute of your adventure, because by your side is your pup's favorite place to be! The park also features a pool and a huge playground with grass and picnic tables.
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is a large public park known for its well-developed biking system and amazing hiking trails winding along the creek. This huge park is sandwiched between several residential neighborhoods in North Austin, so you're sure to see some local dog owners here. Enjoy the picturesque, green views while exploring the paths with your leashed pup. There is also a dog park here with two designated sections for small and large pooches, occupying about an acre of main park’s area and offering some off-leash playtime for the park's furry visitors.