First planned in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after buying the property for their winter home, the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is a masterpiece of floral architecture. The place offers a secret garden, a walled garden, a reflection pool, a picturesque brick walkway, and hundreds of azaleas and camellias. The nearby Lake Hall provides plenty of opportunities for canoeing, fishing, kayaking, and swimming, so if you like water activities, this place is ideal.
Even boats without gas-powered motors are allowed, and there are grills and pavilions along the lake shore which makes the perfect setting for a picnic. This pet-friendly state park welcomes canines of all sizes. The peak blooming season is from the 1st of January to the 30th of April, and the floral peak is from mid-to-late March. During these months, there is a special fee for visiting the gardens, and the historic Maclay House, which is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.
There are annual events which include the Tour of Gardens in May, Scarecrows and Jazz in the Gardens in October, Kids Fishing Day in June, and Camellia Christmas in December. There are other ranger programs offered all throughout the year. The two nature trails and five miles of multi-use trails mean that dogs of all sizes will eventually cross paths with each other, as well as with people, so it is of utmost importance that pet parents supervise their dogs closely and have constant control.
Spike must always be on a leash that is not more than six feet long and must be cleaned up after promptly. There are no dog scooper bags available at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, so bring some to use for your dog. Spike is now allowed in swim areas, the garden, or in buildings. We are quite sure though that your four-legged best friend will love walking the trails with you and playing with you, more than anything else.