East Lansing is a midsize city that stretches across both Ingham and Clinton Counties. It’s well known for being the home of Michigan State University. Resident dogs not only love the academic atmosphere of their town, they also enjoy the nearly two dozen parks. With five veterinary clinics, they also know this city takes canine health seriously.
The Northern Tier Trail is an East Lansing favorite. This
4.8 mile trail connects eight of the city’s parks and recreational facilities.
It’s a pup-ular spot for cycling, roller blading, jogging, and, of course, dog
walking. Your pooch can trot along while enjoying views of trees, wetlands, wildflowers,
and wildlife. Follow the interpretive trails and unpaved nature trails for some
added adventure. Benches are located along the path, so take a break if your
pup’s paws get tired.
If East Lansing is just a stop on your itinerary, make a reservation at one of the pet friendly hotels in town. For a nominal fee, TownPlace Suites by Marriott opens its doors to furry guests. Your pal can drift off to dreamland in a residential style room. Residence Inn is another option. This hotel allows dogs of any size for an additional fee.
With such pawsome options,
it’s no wonder pups love visiting East Lansing!
Is your dog bursting with energy? Take her over to the Northern Tail Dog Park and let her run wild. With over two acres of fenced in fields, this park will not disappoint. Your pup can dash around in a game of chase, or just sniff the perimeter on her own. Mature trees provide relief from the sun, and there are clean up stations located throughout the park. When she’s finished playing, clip on her leash and follow the paved trail over to Abbott Road Park. A nice jaunt around this wooded area will be a great cool down for your furry BFF.
Harrison Meadows Park is a puptastic place to spend some time with your favorite four legged friend. This is one of the few wildlife parks in the city, so be prepared to get a healthy dose of nature when you visit. Trails and walkways wander in and around open fields and wooded low lands. Your pooch will love walking through a variety of shrubs and mature trees. If his ears perk up, chances are he’s spotted one of the birds that call this place home. You can also access the Northern Tier Trail from this park, so if your pup is still rearing to go, you can add some miles to your walk.
Next time your furry pal needs some exercise, pay a visit to Hawk Nest Park. Located in the middle of the Hawk Nest Condominium Community, this park sprawls 22 acres. It has everything your pup could want, paved walkways, wide open grass fields, and an unpaved nature trail. There’s even a small pond for added beauty. Take a brisk walk around the paths before taking a seat at one of the benches. Sit, relax, and just enjoy the afternoon with your pup by your side. Don’t forget to bring some doggy biscuits and water for your pooch.
Henry Fine Park combines the amenities of a neighborhood park with the natural areas of a wildlife park. When she visits this local favorite, your pooch will get the best of both worlds. This park features ball fields, a playground, tennis courts, and picnic areas. But it also has wooded wetlands, plenty of trees, and a small pond. Follow your pooch around the paved walkways for some exercise. Then stroll through the open lawn area. She’ll love feeling the grass beneath her paws and the sun on her back. No bones about, this park will make her tail wag!
If your pup is begging for a walk, grab her leash and take a trip to Crego Park. It’s conveniently located in Lansing, and is only about a 15 minute drive from East Lansing. This serene park spreads 200 acres and has a puptastic network of trails. Your canine buddy will love wandering through the wooded areas and along the Red Cedar River. Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are also available. If you want to add mileage to your walk, follow the Lansing River Trail. With 25 miles of paved path, you’re sure to have enough room to tire out your pooch!