The weather’s finally cooling off in Texas, and it’s the perfect time to head outdoors with your dog. Hiking can be a great activity for your dog to see new sights and smell new smells, and it’s a great form of exercise for you both! Always remember dog owner etiquette – pick up after your dog, and keep them on a leash and under control at all times. If your dog is well-practiced in his basic commands and ready for an adventure, here are some awesome dog-friendly parks for a day hike:

Hiking is fun for you and your canine.

1.  McCallister Park

This park boasts 1.5 acres of paved and unpaved trail, with plenty of nature and wildlife for you and your dog to take in. On top of that, there’s an off-leash dog park located at the Starcrest entrance. The park is open between 5 am and 11 pm every day of the week.

2. Brackenridge Park

Brackenridge Park has a great central location, with access to the Japanese Tea Gardens and the Sunken Theater. The river runs throughout the park, creating a welcoming environment for ducks and other critters. You and your dog can stop and rest at one of the various pavilions, which make a great picnic spot.

Two dogs on an adventure.

3. Dwight D. Eisenhower Park

Eisenhower Park is a great nature trail, with no bikes or other wheeled vehicles allowed. You and your dog can stroll along in peace, and even climb to the lookout point at the farthest end of the trails. The park is known for it’s beautiful trees, some of which may even color slightly for the fall season!

4. Medina Natural Area

Medina Natural Area is a great place to take your furry friend camping, if a few nights in nature are calling your name. Ten miles of trails, paved and unpaved, mean plenty of opportunities to explore.

The great dog-outdoors!

5. Comanche Lookout Park

Comanche Lookout Park is best known for the distinctive lookout tower that gives the park its name. The park has 4.55 miles of trail for you and your dog to explore native plants like ash juniper and honey mesquite.

Looking for other ways to keep your dog adventuring? Explore the latest canine enrichment offerings at Pawderosa Ranch. Our dog daycare and vacation packages keep your dog mentally and physically engaged, so they’re never bored and always learning.

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