Up until 2015, Florala City Park and its pretty nature trail along Lake Jackson were part of the Alabama State Park System. When several parks were shuttered due to funding deficits, this dog-loving city stepped up to protect this pawpular destination.
Fun Fact: Florala is a portmanteau word that combines "Florida" with "Alabama" to highlight the community's location near the state line. Lake Jackson straddles the border over 500 acres, providing a scenic waterfront for your walk on the Florala-Lake Jackson Trail.
The trail hugs the northern shore of the lake on the Alabama side, keeping the water in sight at all times. Though the park covers 40 acres, it's long and narrow: furrific for enjoying the unusually clear water of this natural lake. At least one breeding pair of bald eagles makes its nest along the banks, so keep an eye out. (Since bald eagle wingspans can reach over 7 feet, you probably won't miss it.)
Migrating flocks of coots visit the park each autumn, and common ducks nest along the trail year-round. Other visitors sometimes feed the ducks from the trail, so expect ducks to approach you. The bird dogs in your pack will be thrilled! If your pup is less enthused about meeting feathered friends, though, be prepared for some barking.
The trail's paved surface turns to wooden boardwalk over the wetlands, keeping paws and shoes dry while offering a chance to sniff out the minnows, frogs, and other wildlife that feed in this rich ecosystem. For everyone's protection, keep your pups close to ensure that Fido and Fifi don't run "a-fowl" of birds and other creatures you encounter.
As wild as the setting feels at times, you have plenty of convenience available at Florala City Park. Restrooms, drinking water, and shady picnic spots are all provided. If you (or a short-legged furry friend, perhaps) needs to rest along the route, trailside benches are available for relaxation with a view.