They say, and we agree, that dogs are a man’s best friend. If you agree, you know how hard it is to find a safe space to let your four-legged friends stretch their legs. Sometimes, you just need to get out of the backyard and have some fun! So we did a little digging and here are a majority of the dog parks in the Columbia and Lexington Metro area.
🎾 Noma Bark Park – Earlewood Park
|Address – 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia SC|
Located on North Main Street in Columbia, and located within the confines of Earlewood Park. This is an independent dog park with reasonable yearly memberships.
🎾 Doggie Park – Humane Society
|Address – 127 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC|
This park provides water fountains, shaded trees, and space for your pup to run unleashed for hours. Park requires annual $50 Membership along with proof of vaccinations and neuter/spay.
More Information: www.bringfido.com/attraction/2200
🎾 Sesquicentennial State Park – Dog Park
|Address – 9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia SC|
This is probably one of the lesser known dog parks in Columbia. Just three miles from Downtown Columbia, this State Park Service dog park has 2 fully fenced acres for off-leash fun. The rules for this park are a little bit different. You have to have a permit of $25 per dog per year or $4 per day. When you get your dog’s permit, they have to be present because they will be taking a photo of your dog.
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🎾 Lake Carolina Dog Park (Residents Only)
|Address – 971 Lake Carolina Blvd, Columbia SC|
Nestled right between Kelly Middle and Jeep Rogers YMCA, you'll find Lake Carolina's off-leash, private dog park.
However, it’s only for owners and renters of the Lake Carolina community with an annual $25 pass.
More Information: www.bringfido.com/attraction/2814
🎾 Emily Douglas Park
|Address – 2500 Wheat Street, Columbia, SC|
Located in the heart of Shandon, this park is free to use. It’s hidden by the many tall pine trees. It even has a spray pool that is operated during the Summer. This park is great because it has other stuff, such as play equipment for kids, swings, and a huge field to throw a ball.
More Information: Here’s a Link
🎾 Paw Park – Town of Lexington
|Address – 989 Hendrix Ave. Lexington, SC|
This is a Town of Lexington owned park and is one of the larger parks with 3 acres, and tons of items to play with/on. This park has a few more rules than most i.e. dogs must be spayed/neutered, you have to fill out an application and provide shot records. It cost $30 for the first dog and $15 for each additional dog per year.
If you are interested in an application, you can find it here.
🎾 Barking Lot – Saluda Shoals
|Address – 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia 29212|
Located inside of Saluda Shoals park is a 2 acres off leash dog haven. With similar rules as Paw Park, make sure your dog has everything inline before applying for a permit. The permit is $45 per dog per year or $5 per day.