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Ranking the Lowcountry’s top dog parks.

Has your dog been having a ruff day? Maybe they need some fresh air. Lucky for you, the Lowcountry has many beautiful dog parks for both you and your furry friend to enjoy. Unleash your best friend’s potential with a trip to one of these local spots perfect for pooches.

1. Best Friends Dog Park (Chaplin Park, Hilton Head Island)

Chaplin Park has lots of great amenities for both you and your dog, big or small. Your dog will have a great time roaming around, chasing after endless amounts of tennis balls while keeping cool in the shade under the thick canopy of trees. It’s a well-maintained, fenced-in area that has a separate section for small dogs. There are also lots of designated digging holes and water bowls, making this the perfect destination for warm days. (Rating: 5 bones)

2. Southside Dog Park (Wastewater Way, Beaufort)

Beaufort’s only dedicated dog park is popular for its size, with tons of open space for dogs to run around and play. It has two sides to divide larger and smaller dogs, plus they are adding new things all the time. Highlights include benches, doggy water fountains, trash receptacles and doggy waste bags. Head over to the park for an unFURgettable time! (Rating: 4 1/2 bones)

3. Bluffton Dog Park (Oscar Frazier Park, Bluffton)

Bluffton is home to many dog owners, so after this dog park at Oscar Frazer Park finally opened after 12 years of waiting, it was just what the community needed. The top priority here is the comfort of the dogs. The park is separated into three sections: one for small dogs, one for large dogs, and one for quiet or senior dogs. This medium-sized park is also in a great area for families with a playground, baseball diamonds and a pool all nearby. (Rating: 4 bones)

4. The Beach (Where permitted)

Dogs may love long walks on the beach more than humans do. The beach is the ultimate spot to take your furry friend. Just be sure to follow the rules, which change by the season on Hilton Head Island. You can let your dog run free at most beach parks under voice control before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. in the offseason. Other times they are allowed on a leash, but they are not allowed Memorial Day through Labor day. Find the complete list of rules online at hiltonheadislandsc.gov. (Rating: 4 bones)

5. Henry C. Waterfront Park (Bay Street, Beaufort)

This amazing waterfront park is a great compromise when trying to please both your children and your furry kids. Although your dog needs to be leashed up to walk through, the amazing view of the waterfront is worth it. Take your dog on a stroll past the many sailboats, the wonderful views of the Beaufort River and the picturesque historic town. Enjoy lunch on one of the many pet-friendly restaurant patios. (Rating: 3 bones)


Other great dog-friendly spots

Private

The Haven Bark Park, The Haven at New Riverside, Bluffton

Dogpaddle Park, Hampton Lake, Bluffton

The Long Cove Club Dog Park, Hilton Head Island

Palmetto Bluff Dog Park, Bluffton

Sun City Dog Park, Bluffton

Belfair Dog Park, Bluffton

Public

Pine Island, Hilton Head Island

Jarvis Creek Park, Hilton Head Island

Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head Island

Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island

Hunting Island State Park, Hunting Island

Sergeant Jasper Park, Hardeeville