Your dogs will thank you for the opportunity to run around along these empty service roads!
Dog friendly areas are few and far between in this country, even outside of city limits. I’ve written about some of the dog friendly hiking trails here, but another hidden gem (and more of a walk/less of a hike) is the rice paddies in front of our village or behind the Eco-Park/Gwangju Lake parking lot (if you drive there, walk up the road behind the 7-11).Lucky for us the family friendly Eco-Park attracts all the attention and leaves these intersecting farm roads, connecting a vast stretch of rice paddies, virtually empty. It’s pretty much a “locals only” hangout, which is strange because once in this valley you have almost a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains…most of which are Mudeung National Park.Once in the valley it’s easy to explore and difficult to get lost. You could walk for 30 minutes or a few hours depending on your route…the options are plentiful. However, just to get you started, this is our “go-to” route for an after dinner dog walk. It’s about 40 minutes and a nice loop. Here’s the cyclemeter link if you think you need it.From the house, walk out to the main road.
Take a right at the main road and look for the service road/bridge that crosses the river…take a left down that road.
Take a left where this road dead-ends (a right will simply take you to the Eco-Park/7-11).
Take the first left down in the rice paddies and feel free to explore! Or continue to follow my directions for the aforementioned 40 minute loop.
Follow this service road as it winds around towards the cows. At the cows, take a left.
And take the next left (about two minutes). And the next left after that (about 10 minutes…you’ll see more cows lol). After that you’ll want to take a left at the pottery studio (which is number 14 on our top 20 things to do at The Damyang House list). Here’s what you’re looking for: