You'll find a rich history and happy tails wagging in the neighborhood of Gregory, Michigan! As part of the Unadilla Township, Gregory is a rural paradise for the four-legged members of the family. Dogs love living in the densely wooded areas that surround these Michigan neighborhoods. Your dog can head into town to watch the UM Wolverines play and go for a hike all in the same day. The township has been around since the early 1830s and that same rustic, pioneer feeling is still alive and well in Gregory. As you hike with Fido through the trees, it's easy to forget you're still in a town!
Dog owners love Gregory because they have everything they need to keep their dogs happy and healthy within a few miles of town. There are five veterinarians in the greater Unadilla area, a dog groomer, 7 wildlife and community parks, and over 10 pet shops for puppy supplies. For fun, you can explore the wilderness in the Pickney Recreation Area or walk along the creeks that empty into Joslin Lake. If you head south, you can find some great pet-friendly places to grab a bite to eat with your doggo!
Grab the leash and head to the "Land with 11,000 Lakes" for fun-filled adventure!
Does your dog bark at the chance to go on an outdoor adventure? Then right in the center of town is where you and your pooch will want to be! In and around Gregory, you'll find multiple trailheads for the Lakelands Trail. The entire trail spans over 26 miles, but you and Fido can take on a few miles of the rail-trail that runs through Gregory. The trail has different surfaces, including asphalt, ballast, and crushed stone, so your dog might need doggie booties if he has sensitive paws. The trail runs through Lakelands State Park and the Pickney Recreation Area with beautiful views of lakes, trees, and wildlife!
Pinckney, MI is just a skip and a hop away from Gregory -- only an 11-minute drive, to be exact! Head for the Dexter-Pinckney Road area of Pinckney to find Arise Church Dog Park. This 2-acre, fenced-in play area is a great place for dogs of all sizes to play, socialize, and exercise. If your dog wants views of the river, head just a little further south to find Hudson Mills Metropark, which is a 1,540-acre park set on the Huron River. You and Fido can visit this park, too -- as long as your buddy stays on a leash.
Does your dog love to watch the wild birds, or maybe even chase a duck every once in a while? Of course he does! You and your pooch can do all that and so much more at Gregory State Wildlife Area. This nature preserve is 2,687 acres of pure land that make up the natural habitats of pheasants, turkeys, mallard ducks, and deer. Walking your dog in Gregory Wildlife Area will feel like stepping into a scene from a nature documentary! The best time to visit is the spring and summer before the snow gets too deep.
Does your dog need a wide-open space to play, swim, and exercise? If this is the case, then there's no doubt about it — your Fido will love living the North Lake neighborhood. Here, he can visit the Paw Run Dog Park, which is pawsitively heaven for a dog. The park is an 18-acre fenced area fitted out with a swimming pond and an agility yard! You will need to get a membership to play here, but it's well worth it to see your puppers have so much fun!
Does your dog love to cuddle with you as you enjoy an espresso and a good book? Head just south of town for a dog-friendly coffee date you'll never fur-get! At the pet-friendly Joe and Rosie's Coffee & Tea, you'll find a pleasant atmosphere filled with smells of bagels toasting and coffee roasting. You can try a "B.E.T.", a bacon, egg, and tomato on a bagel. Or, you can go for something sweet! Try a scone, muffin, or ice cream. The menu has gluten-free and vegan options, too! Best part is you'll never have to part ways with your dog as you enjoy the good times at Joe and Rosie's!