Kelkath Estates is a small housing community in the Temple Terrace area of Tampa. The homes are medium to large with smaller yards than many areas in the city. But, for those who want to go for walks with their pooch, plenty of sidewalks will take you anywhere you want to go, including over to the shores of the Hillsborough River. There are several places to eat within easy walking distance along the way. Unfortunately, if you are looking for dog-friendly parks or pet supply stores, you have a relatively long drive. The best place to go would be Lettuce Lake Park and the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.
The best times of the year to go for a walk with your pup is from fall through spring. Summer temperatures here can lead to burned paws, dehydration, and sunburn. You'll want to be prepared when walking in this heat or take a pass until the sun goes down.
The terrain here is a mixture of paved surfaces and shade trees. The ground itself is almost entirely flat which can make going for walks a little on the boring side. Think of it this way: if the surface feels too hot to your feet, it feels the same or worse to your pup! It might seem that walking on flat ground could quickly become boring. But if your doggy is suffering from the 'few too many pounds blues,' starting out on flatter ground might be the best way to go. Not only will long walks help burn off those extra pounds but doing so will help to build muscle and stamina. In time, both you and your pup will be ready to take on new and more difficult hiking challenges such as the hundreds of trails running through Lettuce Lake Park and the Lower Hillsborough Wildlife Preserve to be explored.
Kelkath Estates is one of the more unusual communities in Tampa in that there isn't much in the way of accessible green space nearby. There are vast expanses of green along the banks of the Hillsborough River, but most are the private backyards of the homes situated on the banks.
The nearest park is across the river on N. 56th Street. There is plenty grass and shade here, but nowhere to park. If you are looking for somewhere to take your pup, within a short drive is Lettuce Lake Park. This park is rated as a great place to go with your dog with trails to hike and a lake you can fish in, go kayaking on, or dip your toes in to cool off. You can take the tour with a ranger or strike out on your own and see what types of wildlife you can find. Just remember not to feed the gators!