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Lufkin is a metropolitan city surrounded by thick forests and vast farmland on all sides. The area offers a great contrast to the nature preserves found here, and has become a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts over the years. Not only has Lufkin brought in more outdoor fans, but also many dog lovers thanks to its natural and developed areas to walk Fido.
The Lufkin Dog Park is one of the best places to take Fido out to play. The fenced-in area is surrounded by thick trees that offer privacy and shade, with a separate area for large and small dogs, double-gated entrances, and free toys to run around and play with. Additional features of the park include water fountains, clean-up stations, and benches.
Morris Frank Park is the largest recreational park in the city, with over 7 different sized baseball fields, some fenced-in. Around the ballparks is open space, along with paved walkways, restrooms, pavilions, and picnic tables to enjoy. Dogs do have to remain on a leash inside this park, but have access to great amenities like water fountains, benches, nighttime lights, and trash bins.
Lufkin has nine veterinarians, and is the headquarters of all four United States National Forests, and uses that to help extend dog-friendly outdoor places to enjoy for humans and pups.
Downtown Lufkin is a business center for the town, filled with small businesses and shopping centers. The Louis Bronaugh Park is the best place to walk Fido in the neighborhood thanks to its open space and plenty of shade. There are benches, paved walkways, a memorial, and picnic tables. Across the street from the park is an extension to the area, which offers a fenced-in area with an open field, a playground, and picnic pavilion. Dogs can run around and play safely on or off leash, with access to water fountains, and trash bins, and a baseball field with bleachers on the sidelines.
Dennam is a small suburban community south of the downtown district of Lufkin. The area has some great parks, like Kiwanis Park which has a large and forested area with open spaces. The park has forested trails, fenced-in tennis courts, a new playground, a pavilion for picnics and scenic gazebo. There's plenty of room to run around or take a stroll on the paved paths, which connect to amenities like water fountains, benches, and trash bins. Chambers Park is another wooded park in the neighborhood that features scattered trees and shaded sitting areas, and other great perks like tennis courts, a playground, and picnic tables. Dogs must be on a leash inside both parks.
The neighborhood of FM 1271 is a rural residential area with homes mixed with thick woods. Some of those woods belong to the Grace Dunne Richardson Park, which boasts a large area of dense forests with trails, and recreational fields to play in. Paths are made from concrete and crushed stone, and wind through the park to connect fields like baseball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and basketball courts. There are other amenities around the park, like picnic tables, a pavilion, a playground, water fountains, clean-up stations, nighttime lights, and trash bins. After a day out with Fido, head to the Marble Slab Creamery. The ice-cream shop has dog-friendly seating outside and lots of flavors, including vanilla ones to share with your pup.
North Lufkin has a little bit of everything, including residential homes, shopping centers, and old industrial parks. For dog walkers though, Jones Park is the best place to go since it has a nice open area to play in with paved trails that are dog-friendly. The park rests right along Jones Lake and provides a fishing pier and boat launch, along with other pawtastic features like fenced-in tennis courts, forested trails, a playground, a pavilion, and restrooms. Ellen Trout Park is another large park with a lake, and features a large loop trail that extends over 1.7 miles made of concrete. The trail offers access to a playground, picnic shelter, restrooms, water fountains and benches.
The neighborhood of State Loop is best known for the expressway that cuts through the community. Although the little town gets busy thanks to the highway access, Kit McConnico Park stays pretty quiet throughout the day, making it a great place to bring your pup for a walk. Dense trees surround the park for privacy and shade, offering a large open field to run around and play in safely, with features like fenced-in baseball fields, restrooms, a pavilion, and a playground. There is a .6-mile paved walkway and amenities like water fountains, benches, trash bins, and nighttime lights available for leashed pups.
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