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Looking for something to do with your four-legged friend in Nacogdoches, Texas? No problem – there are tons of dog-friendly attractions and areas in this small Eastern Texas town.
The town’s dog park is known as Dog Park Nacogdoches. It is located off of Pearl Street. The grassy, fully fenced area has many shade trees, as well as sanitation stations and running water for pups in need of hydration. In addition, there is a separate section for smaller dogs.
Nacogdoches has a large trail system. One of the best local trails is the Lanana Creek Trail, which begins at the university’s Liberty Hall and meanders towards East Austin Street. This trail has everything: varying gradations, scenic views of creeks and bridges, large trees, and lots of shade. There are even several water fountains, so you and Fido can re-hydrate along the way. If you’re interested, take the path to Pecan Park or even Nacogdoches’ world-famous Azalea Trails.
Want to stroll through historic Nacogdoches? Check out the Millard’s Crossing Historic Village. On-leash dogs are welcome to explore this reconstructed historic village (modeled after the area’s architecture from the early 1800’s), which also has events and tours. Be aware that dogs are not allowed in the buildings.
Bonita Junction in Nacogdoches is a great place to relax with your dog, as well as a great place to grab a bite. Banita Creek Park North is a wide open park where leashed dogs can stretch their legs and enjoy themselves. Walk along the park’s paved walking paths to get exercise and enjoy the day! When you’re tired, walk down to The Frozen Goat Yogurt Bar and Bakery. All flavors are delicious, but some of them like peanut butter and vanilla, are also dog-friendly and can be served with a dog treat on top! Outdoor seating is available for enjoying the treats.
Nacogdoche Dog Park is a wonderful outdoor area where your dog can run free. This fully fenced in dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs. There’s water provided, making this a great place for hot summer days when even stepping outside makes your pup dehydrated. Owners will enjoy the selection of benches while their dogs run around. If your dog prefers to walk on leash, nearby Mill Pond Park is a great place for a leisurely stroll. The paved walking paths are easy on paws, and the park’s slightly more remote location means it’s often quiet.
Pioneer Park in the Alazan/Climax neighborhood of Nacogdoches is a destination for the whole family. Human kids will love the playground, everyone loves the sports and picnic areas, and dogs love to walk there. The park is a simple place of straight forward open space and paths through the interior. Leash up your dog and lounge in the grass, or hit the walking path. Pioneer Park is large enough to satisfy the need for a walk after just a lap or two. Of course, you can always go longer to really tire your pup out! Remember to bring your own bowl, as the drinking fountains are for humans. Angelina National Forest is also a great place for dogs and people to step out of stress and into nature. There are dozens of walking trails for all difficulty levels. You can take it easy and do a short loop, or take a longer one and climb some varied terrain. The park itself is over 150,000 acres, so it’s safe to assume you will see something different every time you go.
Steven F. Austin State University in University Park hosts Mast Arboretum. You’ll have to go right onto campus to find this 10-acre wonder, but it’s worth it. The arboretum is open daily without charge, so come as often as you like! It features a botanical garden and many rotating flowers, so there’s always something to see. The richness of scents and relative bustle of the arboretum is a great way to stimulate dogs who need to stay on leash. There are a few rules in arboretum, especially concerning waste disposal, but conscientious dog owners won’t have a problem. Treat your dog (and yourself) to this free beauty!
Just visiting Nacogdoches? Well, head over to the southeast side and choose from several of the city’s pet friendly hotels to rest both your weary heads,all located within minutes of each other along South Street. Motel 6 Nacogdoches invites up to 2 dogs to stay in your room with you for no additional fee. The Best Western Inn of Nacogdoches and Super 8 Nacogdoches both allow 2 dogs of any size to stay in any of their comfortable rooms for a small fee. Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Nacogdoches goes a step further and charges a fee for up to three pets under 20 pounds to stay in their luxurious rooms.
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