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Garth Nature Area 

Dog parks and nature areas are always a great, fun way to switch up your doggie routine, especially on a beautiful day. Want to get out with your pooch and interact with other dog lovers and their pets, but you’re not sure what’s best for you and your little furry friend?

Here’s Vox's complete guide to parks/areas you and your dog will be sure to love

Dog parks

Twin Lakes Dog Park

Where: 2500 Chapel Hill Road

For the largest area, this is your best bet. It's the perfect location for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Is your dog on the smaller side and easily intimidate by the big guys? There’s an area specifically for them. Either way, both designated areas are complete with a pond for the dog’s enjoyment. During the winter season, a great alternative is the Off-Season Dog Park.

Garth Nature Area

Where: 2799 N. Garth

The fenced-in dog park takes up about three acres, including a pond, of the 52-acre area. After some playtime, dog owners can also take their leashed dogs for walks on nearby wetland trails and Bear Creek Trail.

Indian Hills Park

Where: 5009 Aztec Blvd.

Located on the west side of the parking lot, the dog park was added officially in 2011 as an improvement to Indian Hills Park. All dogs are welcomed to roam freely in the 1.5-acre, fenced-in area.

Nature, Leash free areas

Grindstone Nature Area

Where: 2011 Old 63 South

If the average dog park isn’t your dog’s style, try the Grindstone Nature Area. Here, they have nearly 200 acres to be leash free in the midst of beautiful nature. With exceptions, owners who prefer to keep their dogs off leash must keep them away from the Hinkson Creek Trail.

Cosmo Park – Bear Creek Nature Area

Where: 1615 Business Loop 70 West

Similarly, dogs can run where they please, excluding the Bear Creek Trail and Rhett’s Run Mountain Bike Trail. Other than the minor restrictions, dogs and their owners can be one with nature.

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