If your dog’s restless or too energetic, don’t forget to do your part to improve their behavior by taking them on adventures! Walking and playing is critical for a dog’s health just as it is for people. Be a good puppy parent and check out a local dog park! Huntsville has several options for dog owners to take their fur babies out for some exercise and socializing. The City of Huntsville maintains four Dog Spots, open from dawn until one hour after dark unless otherwise posted. Each is around the size of two football fields, with a divided space for dogs under 25 lbs.

Centrally located, the Downtown Huntsville Dog Spot is on Cleveland Street between Church and Meridian, near the downtown I-565 exit. Creekwood Park is home to the Madison Dog Spot (360 Harvestwood Court), adjacent to the Indian Creek Greenway recreation trail.

For Hampton Cove and nearby residents, there’s a Dog Spot at 235 Wade Road, off Highway 431 South, near the Hays Nature Preserve. Google lists another Madison Dog Park at Mill Creek (38 Balch Road).

Many other Huntsville area parks may lack enclosed fencing for off leash play, but are still dog friendly if your pet is leashed.

By: Stephen Locke

Stephen Locke grew up in north Alabama, and returned to find a beautiful wife and East Limestone mutt to call family, after years of toil and revelry afar, and having absorbed the lesson, "Don'tcha think, sometime's it's wise not to grow up?" His true loves include waterfalls, houseplants, architecture, photography, basketball, and whistling along to his favorite guitar solos. 

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