Located about two hours northeast of Houston, Jasper is known as the Butterfly Capital of Texas and features several parks with beautiful butterfly gardens. The area is family and Fido-friendly, and most residents know each other by name. There are two veterinarian clinics in town when your pooch needs to see a vet for both routine appointments and emergencies.
When you are looking for a fun destination to take your pup for some exercise, head over to the Kiwanis Park. There is a paved walking path where you can stroll with Fido and admire the gardens, and the kids can run around on the playground. There are covered picnic tables when you and your pup need a break and some shade, and you will need to keep Fido on a leash when in the park.
Families looking for a pup-friendly place to stay in Jasper can choose from several motels. The Rodeway Inn, Best Western Inn, and Budget Inn all welcome pets for an additional fee. There are grassy areas at each of the Inn’s where you can take your pup for a walk before heading off to bed.
Whether you live in Texas or you are visiting friends in Jasper, you and Fido will find a variety of parks and campgrounds where you can spend time in the great outdoors.
One of the most pup-tacular destinations in Jasper is the Sandy Creek Park off S Main Street. You can walk around the park on the well-maintained paths and there is plenty of shade where you and your pup can relax on a bench. The park is filled with amazing flower gardens where your pup will have a snifftastic time. While the kids are hanging out on the playground, you and your pooch can roam the area or get a drink at the fountain. There are picnic tables when you need a snack and you can dispose of doggie waste bags near the restrooms. You will need to keep Fido on a leash and plan a trip to the park in the evening during the holidays to admire the lights and festivities.
When Fido needs some exercise, head over to the James Byrd Jr Memorial Park off Burch Street. There are paths around the park where you can walk your pup on a leash and grassy areas where your pooch can roll around or chase a toy. If the kids are with you, they will enjoy the playground and the basketball court, and you can dispose of doggie waste bags near the restrooms. You can even refill your water bottles at the fountain and relax with your pup at the shaded picnic tables. If you are feeling energetic, just a mile north of Memorial Park you and the family can also enjoy Carridine Park on Morris St. There are tennis courts, a playground, and a path where you and your pooch can get some exercise.
The Martin Dies, Jr State Park is one of the most popular in the state of Texas. You can stroll around the B A Steinhagen Lake with Fido on his leash, or go kayaking or canoeing with your pup. There are hiking trails throughout the park that are especially beautiful in the autumn months, and the area is peaceful if you and your pooch are looking for some tranquility. You will need to bring bug spray and your own water bottles and be sure to clean up after your pup. While exploring the areas around the lake, be on the lookout for alligators and a variety of other wildlife.
Ebenezer Park is a pup-friendly campground in the northern part of Jasper. If you enjoy spending time in the outdoors with your pooch and your horses, the campground reserves specific sites for equestrians and their families, and the riding and hiking trail offers amazing views. You will need to keep your pup on a leash while walking around the campground, and with over 40 miles of trails, you will be able to explore a new section every day. There are restroom and shower facilities available and plenty of shade where you and your pup can relax and enjoy the fresh air. You might also enjoy visiting the Twin Dike campground near Sam Rayburn. The campground is clean and quiet and offers views of the water where you and Fido can hike and enjoy solitude and serenity.
About 20 miles northwest of Jasper in the town of Zavalla, the Boykin Springs Recreation Area is a great destination for pups and families. As part of the Angelina National Forest, there are opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing and just relaxing in nature. The campground is on a first-come basis and you can bring the family for a picnic and invite friends and their furry family members. There is a variety of wildlife in the area, so be sure to keep Fido on a leash. While hiking through the park, pups can sniff the plants and trees and get their feet wet in the lake. There is fresh water available and you can dispose of doggie waste bags in trash receptacles throughout the park.