Hiking with Dogs Within an Hour Drive

Get Inspired!

Hiking is always better with buds, especially furry four-legged ones. If you’ve  been looking for the perfect trail to take your pup along for the ride, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list and get inspired to hit the trails with your furry friend.

 

Red Beard’s Outfitter always recommends keeping your dog on a leash near bodies of water.

 

 

  1. Perdido Key River Trail

 

About a 45 minute drive east on I-10, the Perdido Key River Trail has up to 16 miles for the two of you to explore. After heavy rains, this place can get pretty drenched, so it’s best to take the pets in a dryer period. After a couple of rainless days, there will be ankle deep puddles that are as refreshing as they are beautiful. Admission: FREE

 

 

Dogs on the Perdido River Trail Hiking with Dogs
Jester hiking the Perdido River Trail

 

  1. Shepard State Park

Equipped with a disc golf course, dog park, and a picnic area, the 8 miles of trails are just another great bonus to this park. It is settled along the Pascagoula River in Gautier, MS, so keep your pup on the leash if he likes to run into water. Admission: $3 for adults.

http://shepardstatepark.com/

 

  1. Historic Blakeley State Park

10 miles of trails deep within the woods AND a boardwalk along the Delta- this park has all sorts of smells for your pooch. Be wary, there have been several gator sightings in these parts, so keep pets on the leash. Admission: $4

http://www.blakeleypark.com/parkmap.asp

Blakely State Park hiking trails Hiking with Dogs
Map of Blakely State Park hiking trails

 

  1. Village Point Preserve Park Trail System

Just off Highway 98 in Daphne, this is a easy-going, 3-mile trail until it dead ends at the beach front. It’s best to avoid the beach when you’re accompanied by pets- there’s always the risk of gators. Admission: FREE

27710 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526

 

  1. Glenn-Sebastian Nature Trails

Basically in your own backyard, the Glenn-Sebastian Nature Trails are kept up by University of South Alabama and offer a whole slew of trails for you to take. The best part of this trail? Well-trained dogs are not required to wear leashes. Sweet, sweet freedom. Admission: FREE

http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/campusrec/facilityrental/naturetraildiscover.html

5k course at University of South Alabama Hiking with Dogs
Glenn-Sebastian Nature Trail at the University of South Alabama