The sign that greeted us at the off-leash dog park in the James Island County Park, (located east of Charleston’s city limits) was a little off-putting. And as you’ll see from the pictures below, it IS possible that you could run into a gator here. So much for the downside. The upside is that this is a beautiful dog park, with acres to run, play, and swim.
The surface is a combination of grass and sand. The park features entry and exit gates, picnic tables, a separate, fenced-in area for small dogs (sign said less than 25 lbs), bag stations and trash cans, drinking water for dogs and owners, water hoses for cleaning and cooling off, and lake access for dogs. The lake was huge, with three different points for dogs to get into the water. There was also a dog friendly hiking trail that circumnavigated the lake. Another nice feature: park staff periodically patrol the area. One con (other than the alligators): we noticed a lack of shade areas and, as you can imagine, it gets pretty hot and humid here in the summer months.
Ty and Buster spent about 1 1/2 hours at the park making friends and collapsed exhausted in the RV during our drive to Savannah, GA.
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
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