At around three and a half miles out and back, Sunset Drive Trail is a pawfect place for a peaceful afternoon stroll with your doggo! Located in the picturesque small town of Guntersville, Alabama, the route curls around the shoreline of the lake of the same name. You’ll find a trailhead at either end -- one at Tom Jackson Park and another on Lake Drive, with free parking available at each. The path is pretty pawpular with local pups and their people, so your pooch might even make some new friends!
Not only does the trail feature fabulous views of serene Lake Guntersville, it also passes through painstakingly preserved historic homes chock full of stately Old Southern charm. The path is shaded by mature pines, so there’s no need to worry about your fur-ball overheating in the summer sun. That’s not what makes this furrific trail so fantastically Fido-friendly, though; the town of Guntersville has over 175 acres of parkland along the lakeside. Non-furry family members might well appreciate the large, well-maintained playground at Ogletree Park, but the real treat for your pooch lies a little down the road. There’s access to Tom Jackson Park from the trail, and this pawesome park has its own off-leash area! There’s enough room in both the large and small dog areas in Guntersville Dog Park for your doggo to leap about to their heart’s content, and your furry friend might long to run free after spending so long leashed on the trail.
Sunset Drive Trail is both paved and relatively wide, with a surface suitable even for strollers. However, the route does have some inclines which, while gentle, can run for a fair distance. In terms of facilities, there are restrooms at both trailheads and in the parks, but waste bags are provided in the dog park only. Make no bones about it, this combination of exercise and history is bound to appeal to hyperactive hounds and cultured canines alike!