Best Dog Walking Trails In Tampa Bay

September 8, 2013 8:00 AM

File photo of a puppy (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Most public parks allow dogs on the walking trails. Unfortunately, there are a few parks where dogs are not allowed. So for a change of pace from the same old scenery, take a short drive to a park near you and walk the dog on one of the many walking trails Tampa Bay has to offer.

Carolyn Meeker Dog Park
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 635-3500

Carolyn Meeker Dog Park is one of only five off-leash dog parks in the Tampa Bay area. For dogs that need space to run, these parks are great. Not all dogs are socialized enough to be off leash around other dogs that are off leash. Be sure your dog gets along well with other dogs before letting them run free. This is a great park for dogs to meet and play with other dogs.

Honeymoon Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 469-5942

Dogs and their owners can enjoy a day of relaxation among the beautiful Gulf beaches, the tidal flats and the mangrove swamps of Honeymoon Island. Although dogs are only allowed in designated areas, there are plenty of things for both dogs and owners to enjoy. Honeymoon Island has a pet beach that is located on the southern tip of Honeymoon Island. Dogs are also allowed on the nature trail. However, all pets must be on a leash that is at least six feet long. Owners must maintain control of their dogs at all times.

Crews Lake Park
16739 Crews Lake Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34610
(727) 861-3033

Although the lake is pretty much dried up, Crews Lake Park still offers some great walking trails for dogs and owners to enjoy. There are lots of rest stops where owners can take a break from walking, as well as restrooms located in most areas of the park. The downside of this park is that there is a $2 parking fee. But for those dog owners who are willing to pay the parking fee, the scenery at Crews Lake Park is fabulous.

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Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park
10500 Wilderness Park Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 334655
(727) 834-3247

Starkey Park consists of nearly eight miles of paved walking trails and 13 miles of unpaved hiking trails. Although dogs are allowed in many areas of the park, they are not allowed on the horse trails or in the camping area. All dogs must be kept on a six-foot leash at all times. Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park is a great place for the whole family to go and enjoy a day out with the family pet.

Veterans Memorial Park
14333 Hicks Road
Hudson, FL 34669
(727) 861-3033

Veterans Memorial Park has two different trails on which dogs are allowed. The short trail is just over half a mile, while the long trail is over one mile long. All dogs must be on a leash and under the control of their owners at all times. There are no parking fees at this park and the park is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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