Dog-friendly hikes

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Bring your best friend along to these dog-friendly hikes and outdoor destinations! These selections include hikes, parks, and beaches that are explicitly open to pets and exclude places that might be open to pets (such as the Big Cypress Swamp) where your pet could be in danger due to the native wildlife.

Dog-friendly Hikes by Name

Boardwalk at A.L. Anderson Park

A.L. Anderson Park

Along busy US 19 in Tarpon Springs, hugs the western shore of Lake Tarpon, offering plenty of picnic pavilions along a boardwalk following the cypress-lined shore.
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Aldermans Ford Preserve

Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve

Alderman's Ford Nature Preserve offers a surprising treat for a Central Florida hike: whitewater, showcasing the Alafia River churning as it winds through a deeply eroded channel
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Alderman's Ford Park

Alderman’s Ford Park

An easy loop at Alderman’s Ford Park, the Lithia Nature Trail slips behind the nature center for a walk in under ancient trees along the river’s floodplain corridor
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Hogtown Creek at Alfred Ring Park

Alfred A. Ring Park

Alfred A. Ring Park features a dense slope forest along Hogtown Creek with old-growth trees and rare wildflowers along Appalachian-style ravines, a scenic hike
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Live oak forest on the Ancient Dunes Trail

Ancient Dunes Trail

At Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, the Ancient Dunes Trail leads you on a short scramble up and over relict dunes deeply shaded by ancient live oaks
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Ancient Hammock Trail

Ancient Hammock Trail

At Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, the Ancient Hammock Trail shows off the glory of towering cabbage palms and live oaks up to a thousand years old and more
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Arlington Park

Arlington Park

A breezy walk along the St. Johns River is an easy way to start your day in Jacksonville at the Arlington Lions Club Park, with riverside boardwalks and a mile of trails
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Beach Hammock Trail

Beach Hammock Trail

In the southern corner of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, the Beach Hammock Trail traverses a maritime hammock dense with sea grapes, myrsine, gumbo limbo, and stopper
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Bear Creek Nature Trail

Bear Creek Nature Trail

A patch of wild in a sea of suburbia, Bear Creek provides nearly a mile's worth of exploration atop sandy bluffs in a shady creekside hammock in Winter Springs.
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Bear Lake

Bear Lake Trail

At Blackwater River State Forest, each of the recreation areas offers access to hiking, and popular Bear Lake is no exception. A 4-mile trail loops around this impounded reservoir, which flows into Sweetwater Creek.
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Bear Swamp Trail

Bear Swamp Trail

Little known except to those who frequent Salt Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest, the Bear Swamp Trail provides a walk into an ancient forest
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Bella Vista Trail

Bella Vista Trail

A 1.8-mile loop through the uplands of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, the Bella Vista Trail walks you through most of the habitats found on this barrier island.
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Betty Steflik Preserve boardwalk

Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve

Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve protects more than 200 acres of mangrove marsh, mud flats, and coastal uplands right on the edge of downtown Flagler Beach
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Big Lagoon

Big Lagoon Hiking Trails

Near Perdido Key, Big Lagoon State Park is best known for its (really big) lagoon, but the scenic trail system through the scrub is a delight for hardy hikers, involving much trekking through soft white sand.
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Big Oak Trail

Big Oak Trail

The Big Oak Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in North Florida and is part of the statewide Florida Trail. Much of the hiking parallels the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, which meet here at a confluence.
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Big Shoals Trail

Big Shoals Trail

At Big Shoals State Park, the Big Shoals Trail leads you to scenic perches high atop the river bluffs when you can watch Florida's only Class III whitewater rapids
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Big Pine Trail

Big Talbot Big Pine Trail

The southernmost trail on Big Talbot Island is the 0.8-mile Big Pine Trail, a short walk out to a bluff above the estuary through a maritime hammock riffled by breezes
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Blackrock Beach Trail

Big Talbot Blackrock Beach

An unusual and picturesque geologic anomoly, Blackrock Beach at Big Talbot Island is covered with formations that look like black lava rocks but are made of sand
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Jones Cut Trail

Big Talbot Jones Cut Trail

The 1.5-mile Jones Cut Trail provides a meander into the heart of the maritime forest that carpets Big Talbot Island State Park, but it’s not the easiest trail to find
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Bill Frederick Park

Bill Frederick Park

Inside the city of Orlando, the urban Bill Frederick Park has a wild side, too, with more than 2 miles of trails to meander through scrub forest and along Turkey Lake.
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