1. Letty Towles Dog Park - formerly known as "Millennium Dog Park"
Located at 2299 SE 32 Avenue, in Jervey Gantt Park. Offers 4.5 acres of fenced-in space for dogs to run off that excess energy. It also offers two sections; one for small dogs and one for large dogs, concrete tunnels, a culvert, a splash pad and water fountains for the canines. There are benches, a pavilion, and nice shade trees for the humans.
This park is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to sunset; and closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more info, call (352) 368-5517.
2. Regular City Parks in Ocala
Leashed dogs are allowed, but are not permitted on - or near - any walking trails.
3. Silver River State Park
Lucy Tobias, publisher of the monthly Saturday Morning Magazine, reminds readers that when traveling around Florida, the early bird gets the worm - in this location, the scenery.
"My dogs like walking the Sand Hill Trail at Silver River State Park in Ocala", she said. "Often we’re the first ones walking the leaf-strewn path and that means our chances of seeing wildlife are pretty good."
Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome in the Park's campground, picnic area, and on the trails. Humans are expected to clean up after their pets. Excluding service animals, pets are not permitted in the restrooms, museum or cabins.
NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks or beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities, in the Ocala or Marion County area, please contact FloridaPets.net.