While Corunna looks and feels like a classic American small town, it is just a 25-mile drive from Downtown Flint and less than 40 miles each from Lansing and Saginaw. In this prime location, nestled among woods and farmland, Corunna offers you and your fur family the friendliness of a small community without sacrificing any creature comforts.
You won’t have to leave town to enjoy a pawsome day out. A walk down Shiawassee Street (Corunna’s answer to Main Street) is a delightful way to pass a summer afternoon. Grab a burger at the outdoor picnic tables at Corunna’s Hometown Grille, then stroll the wide sidewalks past downtown storefronts to the grassy lawn and park benches of the historic Shiawassee County Courthouse.
Then, McCurdy Park is just a four-block walk away. This leafy wonderland has open fields for frolicking and winding paths throughout the landscaped grounds. Though Spot isn’t allowed to join you inside the buildings, the adjacent Historical Village preserves Corunna’s 19th-century history. In winter, McCurdy Park is the place give your snow dogs a taste of downhill sledding: Mount McCurdy is the town’s official toboggan hill!
Mount McCurdy is slide-at-your-own-risk. Just in case, a veterinary house-call service is available in Corunna. There are also six veterinary practices in the adjacent town of Owasso, and other options (including 24-hour emergency care) in nearby Flint.
Southwest Flint offers a variety of doggy distractions without a trek through downtown, especially the beautiful cluster of parks alongside Swartz Creek — a mere 23 miles from Corunna. There’s creek access for summer splashing near the entrance to the Swartz Creek Valley public golf course, and the adjacent Kellar Park has a grassy lawn just begging for a game of fetch. Or, cross the street to Broome Park and follow the walking trail through the trees and over to the ball fields of Lincoln Park. If you need a boost after all that play, both the Starbucks just west of the golf course and the Biggby Coffee a few blocks farther offer pup-cup delights and outside seating.
Flint’s East Village neighborhood is 26 miles from Corunna, and this community’s wide sidewalks through well-heeled residential streets offer a safe cityscape for your furry friends. Best of all are Burroughs Park and adjacent Woodlawn Park, with plenty of trees to mark and green lawns to lounge on. If you’re feeling ambitious, catch the Applewood Trail in Burroughs Park and follow it all the way to Kearsley Park and the Flint River. On your way back to Corunna, stop at the 501 Bar and Grill on Saginaw St. for a meal at one of the 20 outdoor tables: the Art Deco décor and eclectic menu are nothing to sniff at.
The village of Birch Run, halfway between Flint and Saginaw and about 35 miles from Corunna, is the perfect spot for some retail therapy. First stop is the Doodle Dog Bakery to stock up on handcrafted doggy delights made from all-natural, human-grade ingredients. The bakery is part of the Birch Run Outlets, and your on-leash pals can join you for some window shopping throughout the outdoor mall. There are 2 dog-friendly hotels and 7 dog-friendly restaurants surrounding the outlets, so feel free to stretch out your trip. If your pups are too fancy for off-the-rack fashion, though, they can head down the street to Miss Lucy’s Dog Bandannas and custom-order their neckwear with a monogram or personalized design.
The City of Fenton is a doggy delight just 27 miles from Corunna. First stop is the pawpular off-leash Thompson Road Regional Dog Park, with separate play areas for small and large dogs. If you still have energy to burn, head for the Dauner Mountain Nature Preserve. Inside the city limits, Dauner Mountain offers 155 acres to explore on 4.5 miles of hiking trails. If you and your pups need some protein before that kind of hike, head straight for the dog-friendly outdoor seating at the Beale Street Smokehouse in Downtown Fenton. If you overdo it, stop at the Lindon County Park’s 1.5-mile walking trail on your way home.
Thirty-seven miles from Corunna, just past Fenton, the community of Holly is home to the Seven Lakes State Park with 1,400 acres of boating, hiking, and snowshoeing adventure for you and your fur family. The park has six miles of trails to explore, plus cross-country skiing treks for your favorite sled dogs. The park's seven lakes offer 200 acres of water if you see some dog-paddling in your future. You can fuel up at the Bittersweet Café in the village of Holly, with brews on tap and a comfy patio perfect for summer afternoons. On the southern end of Holly you will find the 640 acres of Rose Oaks County Park, a wild expanse crisscrossed with hiking and snowshoe trails and popular with equestrians (so expect some interesting piles to sniff).