Lowcountry dog park tour: Mixson dog park

The next stop on the tour takes me and the dogs up to North Charleston to the Mixson neighbourhood (near the Park Circle area), an area still under development but with a dog park already.

The dog park though, is a tiny little fenced in area that would probably fit in most back yards, so I don’t know that I’d really call it a dog park. However, as the fine print on the sign says, it’s only a temporary dog park. Hopefully as development of the area continues it will be replaced with a much larger more permanent dog park (one where you don’t have to worry about tossing a ball outside the fence.

This one I’ll have to come back to in a year or so to see if anything has changed.

Here is a Google map to the dog park

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Lowcountry dog park tour: Ackerman dog run

Located in West Ashley on Sycamore Ave just off St. Andrews Blvd (Highway 61), Ackerman dog run is a smallish dog park, but with lots of trees that provide ample amounts of shade for those hot sunny days.

There are three dog-lock entrances to the park located at the corners, with a poop bag station at each entrance. A water fountain is located in the middle of the park.

The dog park isn’t very large, perhaps 250 m2 or so. There’s plenty of room for dogs to run around, but if you have the kind of dog that likes to tear around wide open spaces or go after those long throws, Ackerman may not be the dog park for you.

With an abundance of benches and shade, Ackerman dog run certainly makes for a nice spot to go hang out while the dogs run around and play.

Here is a Google map to the dog park

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Lowcountry dog park tour: Hampton Park dog run

A while ago, the idea popped into my head that I should do a tour of the area dog parks and blog about them. I’m going to start the series off with the one I go to most often, the Hampton Park dog run.

Hampton Park dog run

Located at the corner of Rutledge and Grove on the Charleton Peninsula (above the Crosstown), this dog park is a large fenced in area providing a large tree for shade, several benches lining the perimeter and a water fountain so the dogs can get water. Bushes line two sides of the dog park, and there are two gates (dog-lock style) opening into the parking lot and onto Grove St on the other side.

Hampton Park dog run

Hampton Park dog run

You’ll find lots of local residents from the surrounding neighbourhood at the dog park during various times of day. The busy times tend to be early morning and late afternoon between 5-8PM (depending on the season). It’s a nice place for both dogs and people to socialize. An ample supply of tennis balls is ever present and new ones seem to appear out of nowhere periodically. If you bring your own balls or dog toys, prepare for them to be come community property for the duration of your stay.

The dogs that frequent the dog park are all friendly, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your dog because you never know when a scuffle might break out.

There are a couple of poop bag stations that are usually filled most of the time as well as a poop scooper for cleaning up after your dog, but it never hurts to bring your own supply of bags for the rare occasion the bag stations are empty.

Here’s a Google Map of the area around the dog park. The dog park is in the middle.

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