In southeastern Henderson County, Poynor is a small community in Texas near Caddo Creek Lake. It was a prominent historic landmark in the railroad development at the beginning of 20th century. Poynor still has a few historic buildings lining US Highway 175. This tiny town of just over 300 people and pups isn't the most pet-friendly place when it comes to amenities, but you can sniff out dog-friendly fun just a short drive outside of town. You'll also need to travel a short distance to find veterinary care. The closest animal hospital is about 10 minutes away in Frankston.
Big Steve’s RV Park and Marina is a beautiful and remote place at the southern end of Lake Palestine. Oh, and it's also pet-friendly! This resort and RV park is perfect for a retreat with your buddy in a scenic waterfront area with dense woods! The park offers permanent Park Model Sites and monthly sites, which have all the amenities you may need, including wi-fi.
Skytraq’s Resort is another place your pooch will rave about. It’s a pet- and family-friendly campsite on the lake! The area is well-known for its great fishing opportunities and spectacular waterfront views. Did we mention that it’s entirely pet-friendly?
East College Street is a residential area in the western part of central Athens in Texas. Churches, schools, and municipal buildings surround the residential quarters, but you can also find a few fast food restaurants in the vicinity. The hidden gem of this area is Coleman Park. Loved by local sports enthusiasts, the park features an extensive baseball field, an open space to explore and sniff with Fido on-leash, and two lakes to walk around! There are no walking trails, but you’ll find your way. About 3 miles south, you will find another recreation spot – Fuller’s Park. It’s a local public park with a peaceful environment that welcomes leashed dogs.
Poynor is conveniently located close to Athens and Tyler, which offer great amenities for dogs. In less than half an hour, you will be able to enjoy the hospitality of Tyler. It’s a fantastic place for hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and sports lovers. You should check S Broadway Ave/E Southeast Loop, which is steps away from the city center. It’s a fantastic area with beautiful parks and miles of walking trails for strolls and jogging! Southside Park, for example, has great play equipment, but your buddy will pre-fur the exercise trails. Rose Rudman Park is another scenic area with beautiful jogging paths! The trails are open for leashed pooches. Get your Fido ready for a cool walking adventure!
FM 2813/Neighbors Rd is a suburban neighborhood in South Tyler. It’s a residential area with medium-sized and small single family homes and a few high-rise complexes. There are enough residents for a small town here, but many houses are available for rent year-round. You will love the pastoral views, just minutes away from the city center. For fun and outdoor adventures, head south to County Road, where you will find Sunrise Paw Park. It’s an entirely free dog park open 24/7 for your comfort! The area is fenced and offers a shaded pavilion with seating for humans. You can also give your muddy buddy a bath here for an additional fee.
Another peaceful neighborhood in the southern region of Tyler is S Broadway Ave/ Cumberland Road. It’s a residential area with medium-size and large single-family homes complete with a shopping district. You will find plenty of local stores and shops along S Broadway Avenue, and just across the street is Faulkner Park. It’s a beautiful city park with a vast tennis complex! You can always stop by with Fido on-leash to fish in the pond or walk around the area. There’s also a baseball field and a playground for kids. Don’t forget to embark on a walking adventure along the natural walking trail in the park. Can your pup sniff out the way?
Also known as “Tranquil Heaven in the Pines,” Tyler State Park is a beautiful park, resort, and a campsite in the northern part of Tyler. It’s easy to find! Head east of Wood Springs in Texas. It’s a scenic area with a 64-acre lake, 100-foot tall trees, and endless outdoor opportunities! Fishing is one option, as well as hiking, camping, geocaching, and bird watching. Pooches are welcome to join their parents in all areas of the park but should stay on-leash (as always!). You and Fido will want to explore the 13 miles of trails in Pinewoods -- that's a lot of walking! You can also stay overnight in the park or over the weekend.