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From Dogwood Park to Kathryn Abby Hanna Park and plenty of other options too, you’re sure to find a favorite green space for you and your companion here in this city.
Jacksonville has 80,000+ acres of green space to enjoy – and with average temperatures here getting as high as 91 °F in the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy them. And despite the fact that there are supposedly 200,000 more cats than dogs here in Florida, there are still plenty of dog walkers looking for places to take their pooches! But which are the best parks to head to if you want to ensure that both of you will receive a great welcome? Here’s where you can enjoy the great outdoors with your faithful companion at your side.
Dogwood Park, 7407 Salisbury Road South
As the name suggests, this is one of the main places for Jacksonville dog lovers to head to! It’s a 42-acre park, which means there’s lots of space for your dog to run free. But perhaps the main benefit of this park is that it is somewhere in which dogs can be let off their leads without any worry: you won’t get into trouble if you do that here. There is a large lake here as well as your choice of wide open grassy spaces or exciting woodland walks. It does charge a membership fee, though, so be prepared to pay in order to access.
Kathryn Abby Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive
Over at Kathryn Abby Hanna Park, you can spend some quality with time with your pet in the outdoors. It’s especially well-suited to those who want to enjoy some time camping or doing other outdoor activities. And there’s a beach on site, too – so if you want to go swimming with your dog as well, you’ll be able to do that here. This park is suitable for those who are coming by pretty much any mode of transport. Whether you're planning to arrive by bike or by car, you'll be able to do so from 8am onwards. It's also possible to stay overnight in a tent, an RV – or a "cozy cabin" for that added touch of luxury.
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, 12713 Fort Caroline Rd
If you’re a history lover and you’re a dog owner, what’s better than combining your two passions over at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve? It’s possible to see all sorts of amazing sights here alongside walking your dog, including the Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline – so it’s worth visiting. This plantation harks back to one of the less pleasant aspects of American history, and is an amazing historic resource for those interested in learning about the slave trade. It’s open all year (no matter what the season), and you can get in between the hours of 9am and 5pm. And with lots of other options including hikes and recreational outdoor activities on offer, there’s something for everyone in this destination.
There's so much to do in Jacksonville. It's a great city for many reasons – and if you’re a dog owner, it’s an even better place to live. That’s in part down to the high number of top-class places to walk your dog.
Credit: Katlyn Eriksen