Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, is a growing city with plenty to offer both residents and visitors. There are plenty of locally-owned restaurants and bars, art and history museums, and other attractions. Columbia and the surrounding area also has quite a few festivals throughout the year including one for St. Patrick's Day, okra, peaches, shrimp and grits, books, indie movies, food and wine, and Greek culture.
Columbia is also known for being a rather hilly city and the neighborhood of Wales Garden is no exception. As you travel south, you will experience a gradual incline. If you or your pup have any mobility issues, be sure to stick to the northern part of the neighborhood, particularly in Maxcy Gregg Park.
The boundaries of Wales Garden include Blossom Street to the north, Harden Street to the east, Heyward Street to the south, and Pickens Street to the west.
The second greenway in Wales Garden is actually a local tennis club and isn't pup-friendly. Additionally, there are a few greenways in the surrounding neighborhoods that should be relatively easy for you and your pup to walk to. Within walking distance, you can explore the Carolina Community Garden, Hollywood Park, Emily Douglas Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and Gibbes Green.
The nearest dog park is in Emily Douglas Park. It is a fenced-in area with benches, trees that provide shade, and a water area. Unfortunately, this park doesn't have a separate areas for different sized-breeds.