The cities of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Conway, and town of Surfside Beach, all boast bark parks, each with fenced-in areas for running off leash, safely.
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After all, children have their choice of playgrounds across the Grand Strand, so why not let pooches have their own place to romp and be happy? Of course, keeping pets up to date on all vaccinations, and cleaning up, go without saying as a chief rule for access to each site.
City of Myrtle Beach – Barc Parc North, adjacent to Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA, on 62nd Avenue North Extension, west of U.S. 17 Bypass, with 3.3 acres and separate areas for small and large dogs each; and Barc Parc South, on Mallard Lake Drive, in Seagate Village, behind Food Lion at Glenmark Plaza, with 14 acres, including pond. Free. 832-918-2332 orwww.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/barcparcs.html.
City of North Myrtle Beach – Dog Park, at North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway (www.nmbpark.com), with separate areas for small (less than 25 pounds) and large dogs each. Open 6:30 a.m. Free. 843-281-3800 or nmbpark.com/waggin-tails-dog-park/.
City on Conway – Dog Park, 1700 New Road, beside north end of Lake Busbee, accessible from on-ramp to U.S. 501 southeast from U.S. 701 (Fourth Avenue), and from other streets off U.S. 701 south, mainly Creel Street and Altman Road, with separate areas for small and large dogs. Free. 843-488-1950 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com/parks/conwaydogpark.html.
Town of Surfside Beach – Dog Park, along Willow Drive North, between First Avenue North and Pine Drive, near Horry County Memorial Library Surfside Beach branch, with separate areas for large and small dogs each. Free, but all dogs must sport town of Surfside Beach license tags, $10 from town town hall, 115 U.S. 17 Business N. Closed 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays for cleaning.843-913-6111 or surfsidebeach.org/parks.
Freeway Park – at A Dog’s Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet, west of U.S. 17, open 8:30 a.m. daily, with 3 acres, including pond, with limit of two dogs per person. Pet evaulation, and registration, required. Daily fee $5 per pet – or 10-day pass punch card for $30 per dog or $50 for two dogs. 843-357-4545 or www.adogswayinn.com/dogpark.html.