If you're looking for some wide open spaces to walk your dog on leash, consider Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC. This 212-acre park, not far from downtown Hendersonville, has it all, including picnic shelters, playgrounds and walking trails -- lots of them. Some of the trails pass through lush vegetation and swampland, connecting via the Oklawaha Greenway with three other parks in Henderson County. The park also boasts many species of birds and plants.
An added bonus is a giant off-leash dog park, located not far from the first entrance to the park at 801 Glover Street. The fully fenced park features a covered seating area and plenty of flat grass for cavorting around with other pups. Large and small dogs intermingle here. A stream is nearby.
Note: Another city dog park, Pets' Own Place on Seventh Avenue, is located at 1019 Seventh Avenue East. This fenced dog park has two separate section for small and large dogs. There is also a waste bag dispenser, trash receptacle and a water spigot. The park is located across Mud Creek at the Oklawaha Greenway trail head. Parking is available off Seventh Avenue.
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