July 30, 2021

5 Things to Do with Your Dog in Huntsville Alabama

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Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County and is located in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama. The city additionally stretches into Limestone County to the west and Morgan County to the south. It was established in 1805 and constituted as a town in 1811.

1. City of Huntsville Dogspot

200 Cleveland Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Huntsville offers several dog parks for off-leash play areas. Each dog park is around the size of two football fields and is designed with dog safety in mind with small and large dog divisions. If your dog is less than 25 pounds, then you can utilize the small dog park. Dog Spots are open for dogs and their owners during normal park hours. Normal hours are from dawn to one hour after dark, unless otherwise posted at the dog park.

2. Village of Providence

7 Town Center Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

The Village of Providence, located in the heart of Huntsville, provides a taste of small-town living. Its cobblestone streets, cafés, and boutiques are dog-friendly. So go for a walk, get a bite to eat; your pet is welcome practically everywhere.

3. Bridge Street Town Centre

365 The Bridge Street, Suite 106, Huntsville, AL 35806

Bridge Street Town Centre is a mixed-use shopping mall with 80 stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and other amenities. Spend a sunny afternoon strolling the avenues, shopping or letting the kids play in the splash pad, and even riding the carousel. You can even sit on a seat and listen to live music while relaxing!

4. Old Railroad Bed Trail

101 Spring St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization working to establish a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and linking corridors, supports the Old Railroad Bed Trail, which is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by the group. This "rail-trail," which was once an underused railroad line, is now a terrific spot to walk Fido in Huntsville!

5. Campus No. 805 - Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Place

2620 Clinton Ave West, Huntsville, AL 35805

Thousands of students in Huntsville and Madison County were educated at Campus No. 805 from 1951 to 2009, leaving an academic and athletic legacy that will be passed down for years.

In 1949, the Stone Center building on Campus No. 805 was built to house classes for a new extension of the University of Alabama, which would ultimately become UAH. It reopened in 1951 as S.R. Butler High School, a county education named for Samuel Riley Butler, and transferred to the city school system in 1956. Butler High School moved to neighboring Holmes Avenue in 1967, and the new Roy L. Stone Middle School was built on the Clinton Avenue/Triana Boulevard site.

Stone Middle School was closed by the Huntsville City School District in 2009, and the property was placed up for sale. Finding a buyer took five years. Randy Schrimsher bought the property in 2014 with the intention of creating a one-of-a-kind development that will honor the school's history while also providing a vibrant entertainment venue for the community.

The first tenants to sign on for the new project were Straight to Ale Brewery and Yellowhammer Brewery. Matheny-Goldmon Architects and Interior Designers were entrusted with modernizing the school building as well as designing new brewery, restaurant, entertainment, and retail areas that would complement the campus's aesthetic.

Campus No. 805 was the name given to the project. By appropriating the final three digits of their zip code – 35805 – the name pays honor to the memories cherished by thousands of students, instructors, parents, and administrators who were a part of this school, as well as the West Huntsville area.

The city of Huntsville developed an urban park with a recreational lawn that connects the new and old structures to recapture and maintain the athletic grounds. S.R. Butler Green is the name of the public park. The 13-acre project was honored by Huntsville's Historic Preservation Consultant in 2016 for its preservation and adaptive reuse of a significant community space. Campus No. 805 is a great place to bring your dog, but if your dog exhibits behavioral issues visit our Huntsville dog training page!

For an accelerated dog training program, Alpha Instincts offers a 3-week board and train program in Huntsville that is perfect for all dog breeds and sized!

If you are in of need dog training services, contact us today!

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