Mansfield, Texas is a growing community that has consistently achieved recognition for being one of the best places to live in the entire country. If you’re a pet owner in the area, you’ll find many pet-friendly attractions in activities in the city of Mansfield.
Oliver Nature Park is an 80-acre area created by the meeting of two different ecosystems (the prairie and a timber forest). That makes it a unique place where one can see the adaptations and behavior of different wildlife and plants. The land was owned by a local family for over a century; eventually, as the town grew, they wanted to make sure the property remained a bastion of nature and beauty. The town designated it as a nature park. There’s about a mile of trails that cut through the park, along with a treehouse overlook, natural amphitheater, a pond, windmill, and a wildflower area. On-leash dogs are allowed.
On-leash dogs are also allowed at the James McKnight Park, which has a 2-mile hiking trail featuring scenic views of a river. A full loop of the trail makes a 4-mile adventure. In addition, the city recently opened a Walnut Creek Linear Trail, which covers two miles and meanders through five parks and three neighborhoods.
Dog-friendly meals are a great way to treat yourself and your very best friend to a relaxing meal out. North Mansfield has Palio’s to thank for hosting outdoor, dog-friendly dining. Palio’s serves Italian classics and modern Italian-inspired meals for lunch and dinner. Gluten free options are available for those who ask, making this a great dining option for people with special dietary needs. Their outdoor patio welcomes dogs and provides shade. Bowls of water are provided for canine diners only--you’ll have to drink yours in a glass!
Just north of Mansfield is the Southeast Arlington neighborhood in Arlington, TX. If you’re going for a drive, you may not even notice that you’ve crossed from one place into the next. Southeast Arlington is home to Tails N’ Trails Dog Park. This fenced in dog park keeps it simple. There’s a large, very grassy fenced area for dogs to run around in, a couple of benches, and some trash cans for waste disposal. While this park doesn’t offer many high tech toys, it’s a very popular spot. Dogs can run, play, and enjoy themselves! Just remember to bring your own bowl and water.
Put your pup in the car and drive 25 minutes to nearby Cedar Hills to get away from it all. The Cedar Hills State Park has many options for activites, from boating on Joe Pool Lake to camping in an RV or tent spaces. It’s a popular spot for migratory bird watchers and anyone who wants an easy day trip away from the bustle of Mansfield, Arlington, and Fort Worth. Leashed dogs will love the dozens of miles of hiking trails. Whether you want to walk some hills for exercise, or stroll down by the water, this state park is a gem for exploration and relaxation.