Dog Friendly Activities in Columbia, SC

There are 11 dog friendly activities in Columbia. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Columbia.

Pet Friendly Columbia Dog Park
Columbia Dog Park Dogs are welcome off-leash at this Columbia park, which also has drinking water available. The park is open 24 hours and membership gives you access to enter with the passcode to a combination lock. This off-leash, fenced in dog park is right beside the Columbia city Animal shelter and even features a doggie pond! The annual pass is $35 gives you unlimited access to the park and pond and a park tag for your dog's collar. The same requirements of up-to-date shots and proof of having been spayed/neutered apply for admission. See Details
Pet Friendly Sesquicentennial State Park
Sesquicentennial State Park Sesquicentennial State Park, situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. The park’s proximity to downtown Columbia and interstate highways attracts both local residents and travelers. Sesqui, as it’s affectionately known, also features dog park which consists of a 2-acre, fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash. A permit is required for each dog, available at the park office. Permits are $25/year, and are pro-rated depending on the date of purchase. Permits expire on July 1 of each year. Daily permits are available for $4. Important Notice! Dog must be present for photo identification to obtain dog park permit. Owners must provide current vaccination records showing proof of spayed/neutered, rabies, parvo and kennel cough. Dog permit fees do not include admission into the park. Park Admissions: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free See Details
Emily Douglas Dog Park Decent sized dog park. Plenty of shade with few benches and one water area for dogs to drink. There is no separate area for big and small dogs See Details
Lake Carolina Dog Park Lake Carolina Dog Park is pet-friendly for Lake Carolina residents. Bring your pet to run and play off-leash at this fenced Lake Carolina dog park! Lake Carolina Dog Park is only open to Lake Carolina residents and requires an annual pass for $25. See Details
Saluda Shoals Barking Lot Saluda Shoals Park is home the the Barking Lot Dog Park, a two-acre fenced, off leash area for dogs to run and play. Owners of well-mannered canines who enjoy a good romp have access to a fenced, off-leash area for their pets. The Barking Lot features two small bone shaped pools for dogs to cool off in in the hot summer months and access to dog drinking fountain. Future plans include the addition of a fire hydrant water feature and a shaded gazebo for pets and their owners to enjoy. See Details
NoMA Bark Park NoMA Bark Park is pet-friendly. This 1.5 acre park in the heart of downtown Columbia, has separated large and small dog play areas, shade trees, resting benches, doggy playground equipment, water fountains, and pet waste stations. Dogs are required to be spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations. While this is a non-profit, members-only park, arrangements can be made for visitors to visit the park if they contact the park in advance and provide the necessary vet records. The park is open every day of the week from 6am to 11pm. See Details
Mast General Store General store open to all dogs, the staff loves to give treats and there are usually water bowls around the store. An absolutely must in Columbia even if you do not decide to bring your dog. See Details
Memorial Park Memorial Park is dedicated to the memory of those who have fought and died in service to their country. With winding paths, benches and flowering bushes, this seven-acre park has become a popular place to spend an afternoon. The Vietnam Memorial Monument features two freestanding granite walls inscribed with the names of South Carolinians killed or lost in action in Vietnam. There is also a War Dog Memorial dedicated to the handlers and dogs who served in Vietnam and other wars. Leashed dogs are permitted on the See Details
Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park is pet-friendly. This completely paved walk goes along Columbia Canal as it meets with Broad River. The walk is 2.5 miles long each way and ends at the dam. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Soda City Market Soda City Market is Columbia’s weekly Main Street event inspired by traditional European street markets. In partnership with Founders Federal Credit Union, we’re open every Saturday morning 9 AM –1 PM, year-round, rain or shine. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. See Details
Harbison State Forest Harbison State Forest is pet-friendly. Encompassing over 2,000-acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia, the unique urban location makes Harbison one of the largest public greenspaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the country. Dogs are welcome on a number of trails throughout the natural area, including the 4.4-mile Firebreak trail and shorter trails for novice hikers. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout. The park's main gates are open 9:00am to 4:30pm. See Details
Congaree National Park Congaree National Park is dog-friendly. This picturesque park in Hopkins, South Carolina allows pets to wander all trails, including the boardwalk. The trails vary between easy short trails, and a couple of longer trails that are over ten miles in a loop. All pets must be on a leash under six ft and under your control at all times. Pets may not be left unattended for any period of time. Check out the pet-friendly campsites if you want to tackle more than one trail together. The park is open every day of the week, all day. See Details
Palmetto Outdoors Palmetto Outdoors is pet-friendly. They offer tubing rentals for dogs and their owners on the Congaree River in Columbia, SC. The tubing trips take around 3 to 3.5 hours and cover 2 miles, which can vary depending on the water levels and weather. Dogs are only allowed on the Deluxe Tubing Package. They also offer kayaks and other rentals. The fee for tubing is $25 for a dog or a human. Palmetto is open Sunday through Friday from 12pm to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 7pm. See Details
Hazelwood Brewing Company Located in downtown Lexington, Hazelwood Brewing Company is pet-friendly. The indoor/outdoor seating is a great venue for a solo pint, family hangouts or a group gathering. They feature up to 10 seasonal, farm-inspired beers on tap and have wine and snacks available daily. On the weekends food trucks are onsite for easy lunch and dinner options. When the weather is chillier, gather around the stylish fire pits to warm up with your pup. They are open Wednesday through Friday from 4pm to 10pm, Saturday from 12pm to 10pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm. See Details