The Larry and Ronna Dykes Trail is a pawesome 3.28-mile trail that takes you along the perimeter of beautiful Westgate Memorial Park. Named after the founders of the Dothan Runners’ Club, this trail features two paths that run parallel to each other: a paved path for cyclists and an unpaved path for joggers and walkers. Dogs are welcome to join you on this furrific loop trail on-leash.
The trail starts at Westgate Memorial Park’s main parking lot, where restrooms, picnic tables, a playground, and both human and doggy water fountains are available. The trail begins by taking you through a scenic wooded area. This forest is filled with native hardwood and Southern pine trees. It’s also home to lots of native birds and wildlife, including plenty of squirrels for dogs to chase!
After you walk through the wooded area, you’ll emerge into an open space that features sports fields. You’ll walk past these sports fields for a bit before going back into the wooded area. In total, about half of the trail goes through wooded areas and half goes through open areas.
The trail ends back where it began at Westgate Memorial Park’s parking lot. If you’d like to extend your hike, there’s a 0.5-mile trail that begins at the same trailhead as the Larry and Ronna Dykes Trail. This trail is wheelchair-accessible and takes you through a lovely field. If all this walking makes you hungry, you and your pup can have lunch or a snack together at one of the picnic tables located near the trailhead.
The Larry and Ronna Dykes Trail is a beautiful trail that’s perfect for hikes with your furry best friend. Bring a few doggy bags so you clean up after your pup during your trek, and have a great time hiking with your dog on this furtastic trail!
There’s limited shade on about half of the Larry and Rona Dykes Trail. Be sure to give your pup extra water as you’re walking through these sections, especially on hot days. Also, since the walking path is unpaved, it can get muddy and slippery at times. Make sure to watch your step as you’re walking here.