The city of Ankeny in Iowa started out as only 1 square mile of land and 445 people. Nowadays, you'll find a much larger town that's perfect for families with children and fur babies. Named Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Best Places to Raise Kids and Family Circle magazine’s Top 10 Best Towns for Families, you'll find 7 veterinarians and plenty of outdoor places to play with your canine family.
The Ankeny Dog Park is a great example of outdoor places for dogs. The park boasts 7.5 acres of land that is fenced-in with separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, and with access to a dog-friendly swimming pond and paved paths. Dog-lovers will enjoy the well-maintained park, fresh cut grass, benches, clean-up stations and the security of the double-gated fences. Owners must have a dog pass to visit the park with Fido.
Starting in downtown Ankeny is the High Trestle Trail, a 25.6-mile trail converted from an old railroad track, and featuring the former train trestle as part of the trail. Dogs are welcome on the walk, but must remain on leash. With access to high-up views and scenes of the Big Creek Lake, this path is sure to please.
You'll be giving a round of appaws after you continue to explore all the dog-friendly activities around Ankeny.