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9 of the Best Dog Parks in South Carolina

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Located in a grove of trees, Chaplin Best Friends Dog Park on Hilton Head Island offers lots of shade for both pooch and owner.

Looking for a place to let your canine companion run free? South Carolina has an array of dog parks offering fenced-in areas where your furry friend can be let off leash to mingle with other liberty-loving pooches. With most offering dedicated areas for both small and large dogs, you’re sure to find just the right dog park for a tail-wagging good time.

 

Here are 9 of the Best Dog Parks in South Carolina

 

1 – The Dog Park at James Island County Park, James Island

This dog park sits at the edge of a large lake where dogs can swim and fetch in the water—a sweet spot on a hot South Carolina day.

What you’ll find: Separate large and small dog areas; dog washing area, water fountains, tables, benches

 

2 – Rail Tail Dog Park, Spartanburg

The park is located adjacent to the 2-mile Mary Black Rail Trail, so you can get in a nice walk and then reward your dog with time off the leash. 

What you’ll find: Shaded picnic tables, park benches, water bowls, obstacles for extra activities, baby pools to cool off on a hot day

 

3 – Simpsonville Dog Spot, Simpsonville

Located in the 14-acre Simpsonville City Park, it offers pups their own area to play unbounded in the shade of trees.

What you’ll find: Separate large and small dog areas, doggy fountain, park benches

 

4 – Barc Park South, Myrtle Beach

This is another fun one for pooches who love to do the doggie paddle. Covering 14 acres, it features three separate dog areas, including one offering access to a large fenced-in lake.

What you’ll find: Separate large and small dog areas, park benches, picnic tables, shade structure, dog fountain

 

5 – Chaplin Best Friends Dog Park, Hilton Head Island

Under the shade of beautiful hardwoods, you and your dog will stay cool in the hot summer sun.

What you’ll find: Separate large and small dog areas, park benches, leash caddie, two water fountains, doggie clean-up stations with hand sanitizer, tennis balls and toys

 

6 – The Unleashed Dog Bar, Greenville

It’s a win-win for dog owner and dog when you combine a bar with a dog park. There’s indoor seating (for pups, too) as well as a covered patio where you can watch Fido play unleashed. The menu includes beer, wine, spiked seltzers and non-alcoholic beverages. This is a membership park, but you can purchase a day pass for $5 per dog.

What you’ll find: Benches, water trough, obstacles for extra activity, doggie pool, bar serving beverages

 

7 – Bees Landing Recreation Center, Charleston

This hidden gem features three large play yards—one for big dogs, one for small dogs, and one for dogs who want to get wet. Their humans will be happy too, with dozens of shade trees and park benches to sit back and enjoy all the canine frolicking. The dog park is in the woods at the back of the property, making it easy to miss. Walk to the right of the rec center and past the baseball field to reach the wooded path to the doggie play yards.

What you’ll find: Three fenced-in spaces, swimming hole, water fountain, hose for rinsing dirty paws, waste bags

 

8 – The Dog Park at Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston

Cut your dog loose in one of two fenced-in yards and watch the fun from one of the shaded seating areas. In the summer, the big hit with four-legged visitors is the Splash Paw spray fountain where they can cool off after an invigorating game of fetch.

What you’ll find: Separate large and small dog areas, spray fountain, dog washing station, water fountains, picnic tables

 

9 – Waggin’ Tails Dog Park, Little River

Part of the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, this one is a favorite with both pups and their owners with nearby trails to explore after an off-leash play session.

What you’ll find: Separate large and small dog areas, water fountains, picnic benches, waste bags

 

Water-loving dogs will enjoy taking a dip in the lake at The Dog Park at James Island County Park. Photo courtesy of Charleston County Parks.

Before you visit any dog park, here are a few rules you should follow:

  • Be sure your dog is up to date on all required vaccinations.
  • If your dog is in heat, don’t bring her to the dog park.
  • Keep the leash on your dog while entering and exiting the park. Leave the collar on at all times.
  • You are responsible for your dog—and that includes picking up doggie poop. Bag up the waste and dispose of it properly.
  • If your dog becomes aggressive with any other dog, remove your dog immediately.
Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.