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Cedar Oaks Park
Oxford

A small college town in North Mississippi, Oxford is a welcoming place with a few dog-friendly patios on its bustling square. If you need a break from shopping and dining, head to Cedar Oaks Park for a quick eight-minute hiking loop. The easy forest trail is shaded, so you won’t have to worry about breaking a sweat. Enjoy local birds and wildflowers as you and your furry friend make your way along the path.

You can bike, walk or hike with your dog on Longleaf Trace.(Visit Mississippi)

Longleaf Trace
Hattiesburg

In 2000, Longleaf Trace was completed as a Rails-to-Trails project, turning what was formerly the Mississippi Central Railroad line into 44 miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Dogs also are welcome to enjoy the trails as long as they are leashed. Jackson Road Station, located at mile marker seven, features a dog park where you can meet other hikers and their pups.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Ocean Springs

If you find yourself on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as many do in the summertime, head to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. While dogs aren’t allowed on the beacharethere are‘s so many other places for them to explore! Leashed dogs are allowed to roam with you on the trails and multi-use paths and they are allowed to be tethered to fixed objects in the Davis Bayou and Fort Pickens Campgrounds if you want to stop and enjoy a picnic.

Olive Branch City Park
olive branch

This community park features lots of dog-friendly walking trails, as well as a large off-leash dog park with plenty of space to run around. Your pup will love watching the geese at the pond as you stroll through the park! There are designated areas for large and small dogs, and water and waste bags are provided onsite. There are also lots of shaded areas and pavilions to cool off after your walk.

Columbus Riverwalk and Trail
columbus

Winding alongside the Tombigbee River, the Columbus Riverwalk and Trail is a feast for your eyes. If you take your dog, make sure it remains leashed at all times. The picturesque trail, which is 4.4 miles long, starts on Main Street in Columbus’ historic downtown. One of the highlights of the trail is a bridge that spans the river and offers stunning sunset views. The trail is well lit, so you can enjoy the trail even after the sun goes down. There is also a trail that connects the Riverwalk to a nearby soccer complex that features a dog park complete with fire hydrants, a hoop for dogs to jump through, water fountains with dog bowls and more!

Both you and your furry friend will love Clark Creek State Park.(Visit Mississippi)

Clark Creek State Park
Woodville

The 700- acre dog-friendly park is a nature-lover’s dream. It costs two dollars per person to spend the day in the park, and the small fee is well worth it. Grab your dog’s leash and head down the winding trails to one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the park — there are 50 to explore, some as tall as 30 feet! Make sure to clean up your dog to keep the park beautiful for all to enjoy.

Now this is a view we can all appreciate.(Downtown Karla Brown)

Natchez Bluff Trail
Natchez

From the top of Natchez Bluff, the Natchez Bluff Trail offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River. A 200-foot wooden staircase takes you and your leashed dog to the base of the bluff where the trail winds by stunning Victorian-era homes, and riverboats on the Mighty Mississippi. Stick around to watch the sun go down across the river.

Your dog will love exploring Vicksburg National Military Park.(Visit Vicksburg)

Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg

History buffs will love bringing their dogs to Vicksburg National Military Park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails and in the outdoor areas. Make sure to stop by the Visitor Center to learn more about Vicksburg’s BARK ranger program and pick up a copy of an activity checklist you can complete with your pup.

When you’re planning this year’s summer vacation, don’t forget about your four-legged friends! You and your canine pals will have a blast exploring all the dog-friendly trails and parks around the Magnolia State.

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