Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: John McCants Veterans Park Dog Park

This is the first new addition to my Lowcountry Dog Park Tour since 2016. After we moved the closest dog park was at Wannamaker County Park, which was a bit of a drive. The dogs were getting older, slowing down some, and also got a fenced-in back yard, so trips to the dog park became less important. After the dogs died, there really wasn’t much reason to visit dog parks anymore.

This weekend, I’m dog-sitting Cooper. A perfect excuse to go visit a dog park! A couple years ago Goose Creek opened up a new park, John McCants Veterans Park, with a fenced in dog park. If it had opened a few years earlier, dog park trips probably would have made it back into the routine. Cooper and I decided to go check it out.

Getting to the dog park is pretty easy. It’s just off a major road and a short drive down a residential street. Two parking lots on either side of the street provide plenty of parking for people using the park itself, or the dog park. The dog park is a fenced off area off in a corner of the park.

The dog park at John McCants Veterans Park
The dog park at John McCants Veterans Park

The dog park has a standard dog lock set up with an outer gate and two inside gates for the large and small dog areas. A water fountain provides water for dogs and people. A poop bag dispenser is provided in case you forget to bring some along. Bathrooms for people are in a picnic shelter just across the field from the dog park.

Dog lock entry gates. Inside the front gate are two entry gates for a large dog area and a small dog area.
Dog lock entry gates

This is a new park, so there’s not much in the way of shade for people. Some small trees provide a bit of shade for the benches. It will be a few years before they get big enough to provide more shade.

There are some agility type fixtures on both sides for dogs to play with and play on. There aren’t any tennis balls or other toys (yet), so you’ll have to bring your own.

Each side has a couple of largish hills, one of which has two tunnels going through them. Good for running through, or maybe a nice shady spot for dogs to rest in.

There are also a couple of fake boulders. I don’t know if they’re hiding or covering up something, or just another feature for dogs to pee on.

A fake rock for dogs to pee on.
A fake rock for dogs to pee on.

It’s a pretty good sized dog park, but since it’s split up into a small and large dog area, it’s effectively two small dog parks. Personally I think separating large and small dogs at a dog park is unnecessary and ends up wasting a lot of perfectly good dog park space. At all the split dog parks I’ve been to over the years, all the dogs regardless of size end up in the same space anyway leaving the other half empty.

For people who like trains, it’s a good place to watch them go by.

There was a lot less activity at the park than I expected for a Saturday morning. Cooper and I were the only ones at the dog park today, so I don’t know how busy the dog park gets. There were a few other people and kids in the play area of the park though.

Here’s a Google map for the dog park.

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Hazel Parker dog park 2016

It’s been just over 7 years since my first visit to this little dog park on the Charleston peninsula and I thought it was time to pay it another visit.

The shape of the dog park hasn’t changed, but some trees now line one side of the park giving some welcome shade during sunny days.

If you’re downtown, this is a nice little dog park to visit with. When the pups are sufficiently worn out, go walking around and explore downtown.

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Mixson Avenue Dog Park

This is a small-ish dog park located near the Danny Jones Recreation Center in Exchange Park, North Charleston. It’s pretty easy to drive by the dog park and not even notice it’s a dog park.

The dog park is fenced, but not with a very tall fence and the upper half of the fence has gaps large enough for balls to go right through them. You’ll want to be careful throwing balls for your dog here.

There are a few agility type obstacles here that might provide some entertainment for dogs. Mine just ignore them.

A few benches around the sides of the park provide spots for people to sit, and trees along one side of the park provide some shade in the afternoon.

One significant feature missing from the dog park is a source of water. There were some parts from one of those 2 gallon water bowl dispenser type things, but they were empty and scattered around. You’ll want to bring your own water and maybe a bowl if you’re going to more than an hour here.

Here’s a Google Map for the dog park.

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Wescott Park Dog Park

Learned about this dog park thanks to a tip on Reddit. The dog park is located at one end of Wescott Park in North Charleston. Enter the park, hang a left when you see the giant baseballs, and go all the way to the end. There’s a pretty good sized parking lot next to the dog park.

Wescott Park dog park
Wescott Park dog park

The dog park consists of a large dog section and a small dog section. Each section has its own entrance, and a gate allows passage between the two sections.

There’s a water spigot located in the corner of the dog park next to the large dog entrance, but no doggy water fountain inside. There is one just outside the dog park by the small dog entrance though. Buckets placed around the park allow dogs to get water when they’re thirsty.

Dog park water
Dog park water

One nice thing about the dog park is that in both sections are some dog agility type things: platform, ramp, big tunnel, hoops and a jump.

This is a pretty nice dog park, and when you’re done you can wander the paths that run around the park, and maybe check out some baseball games.

Wescott Park is open from 9AM to 9PM.

Here’s the dog park on Google Maps.

Lowcountry dog park tour: Daniel Island Governors Park dog park

Over on Daniel Island in the shadow of I-526 is Governors Park dog park. It’s a pretty large park with a large big dog section and a smaller small dog section.

It’s a relatively new park, and the size offers plenty of room for dogs to run and stretch their legs. At one end of the park are some trees that provide some shade (in addition to the shade provided by I-526), and there are some benches for people to sit on.

A fence separates the small dog section and main section with a gate allowing access between the two sections. A single water fountain serves both sections.

Dog lock gates at either end provide access to the main dog park section.

Most of the dog park appears to be covered with a sandy material with lots of shell and shell fragments, which makes me think that perhaps it’s dredge material that used to be at the bottom of the harbour. It’s pretty soft and cushy should be nice for dogs to run around on.

Here’s the dog park on Google Maps