You know how they say some things were just meant to be? Taylor, Texas was just meant to be. Because it was in an ideal location for trading and shipping, Taylor became an important and open city for trade for not only the railroad, but for cattle caravans as well. In 1879, a fire destroyed many of the town's residences and businesses, but the city recovered swiftly. By the early 1900s, it even had a volunteer fire department with 100 people and water hoses fueled by the San Gabriel River -- this was almost unheard of at the time. You and your dog can come take a walk down the old shipping lanes, learn about the cattle trades and how cattle shipping worked, and even get to know the iconic cowboys of the time.
If you would like to see the more primitive side of Taylor, then you will enjoy Taylor Park. The trails are left completely natural. There are primitive campsites that give you a chance to really immerse yourself in nature. The restrooms need some work, but they are usable. It has a ghost town feel and offers seclusion away from the busy city.
Murphy Park is quite the opposite. It is 120 acres of space. You can walk the trails, enjoy the playground, and even enjoy the modernized bathroom. There is always a crowd here, so be prepared to make some new friends!