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, take 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

Lowcountry dog park tour: Bee’s Landing dog park

Tucked away in the corner of the Bee’s Landing Recreation Complex (buried in a subdivision off Bee’s Ferry Road) is the City of Charleston’s newest dog park. To get there, go to the right of the recreation center building all the way to the back. Go to the right behind the baseball field and you’ll see the dog park. There currently aren’t any signs and only a worn dirt path to the dog park, but there are indications that a sidewalk or path is being built leading to the dog park. Otherwise it’s not at all obvious there’s even a dog park there.

The dog park is a pretty decent size, split into two sections, presumably for large and small dogs. The section on the right side is the larger of the two. There are lots of trees which should provide plenty of shade for hot weather. The trees will also keep things from drying out quickly after a rain so there is pretty good mud potential here.

There is only one water fountain located in the larger section, so people using the smaller section will have to either bring their own water, fill a water bowl from the fountain or bring their dogs into the larger section for water.

The trees kind of keep you from throwing a ball a really long distance, although if you throw too far you’re likely to end up throwing it out of the park anyway. The holes in the wire fence are also pretty large so any tennis balls thrown towards the fence have a high probability of going through.

There are large gates connecting the two sections of the dog park, and also connecting the larger section to a third area with a stream running through it. I don’t know if this third section is meant to be used by dogs. I presume the gates are meant to provide access for service vehicles, but there are no signs on them and they weren’t locked or anything (yet).

This dog park is a good addition to the West Ashley area and extends the dog-friendliness reach of the city.

See the rest of my pictures from the dog park here.

Here’s a Google Map to the dog park

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