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August 2014

Dog Days in the Lowcountry:
Off-Leash Dog Parks
Written By: 
Stratton Lawrence
Photography By: 
Leigh Webber

Let your furry pal run free, meet new friends, play, and even swim at these area parks


Ackerman Dog Park: This fenced dog run is convenient for Avondale residents and close to downtown. 55 Sycamore Ave., West Ashley (behind Ryan’s Steakhouse)

Bees Landing Dog Park: Near Bee’s Ferry Road, this park offers plenty of room to run and explore and tends to be less crowded than others. 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd., West Ashley

Folly Beach Bark Park: Making good use of an empty, city-owned lot near the water tower, this little park gives dogs a place to romp during the crowded summer months when the beach is off-limits. 513 E. Hudson Ave., Folly Beach

Hazel Parker Dog Run: Although tiny, this gravel dog run, located close to the waterfront, sports the peninsula’s Who’s Who of notable pups. 70 East Bay St., Charleston

Hampton Park Bark Park: Hampton Park is already a paradise for leashed dogs jogging, walking, or relaxing with their humans, but it also offers a small dog run where furry friends can frolic unfettered. 30 Mary Murray Dr., Charleston

James Island County Park Dog Park: The dog park to end all dog parks, this multi-acre wonderland includes ample grassy running room, a beach, a lake, and woods, all within an enclosed, safe space. 871 Riverland Dr., James Island; www.ccprc.com

Isle of Palms Bark Park: This slip of a dog run next to the town rec center is a gathering place for IOP pooches and their owners. It tends to be a little less crowded than others, so it’s great for active dogs. 29th Ave., Isle of Palms; www.iop.net

Palmetto Island County Park Dog Park: Set under power lines, this park doesn’t quite match up to the aesthetic appeal of its James Island cousin, but it does have ample room and hosts a large crowd of regulars. 444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant; www.ccprc.com

Riverfront Park Dog Park: Located on what was once the Navy Yard golf course, Riverfront Park features views across the Cooper River and a cozy dog run that attracts Park Circle pooches. This underused gem offers an escape from the neighboring industrial landscape for dogs and humans alike. 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston

Wannamaker County Park Dog Park: A sizable off-leash dog park is nestled within a staggering 1,015 acres of woods and water that offers plenty of room for jogging or hiking with your leashed pet. 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston; www.ccprc.org

 

 



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