The city of Pinehurst, in the northwestern section of Idaho, is considered a small, but charming rural city. Formerly settled for its silver mining industry in the 1880’s, this city is known today for its world-renowned location where visitors can still search for gem-quality garnets. And you can rest assured that Fido will be well taken care of at the local Silver Valley Veterinary Clinic, if the need arises.
Although the city’s West Shoshone Park does not allow dogs, you and your fur-ever friend can head to the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, just north of Pinehurst, with its 1,135 square miles of outdoor adventure. Check out the St. Joe River area of this national forest to take your pup on a fishing adventure along the river where Fido can keep cool while splashing in the water. Or there are miles of hiking trails throughout this area which feature off-leash fun for dogs of all fitness levels. Try the Lookout Mountain Trail which lies atop the mountain range and runs fairly level after a very gradual ascent.
So, pack a bag and head to Pinehurst for some quality outdoor time with your pawtastic friend!
The Mountain View Park in the town of Kellogg, east of Pinehurst, offers 65 acres of dog-friendly outdoor open space for you and your fur-ever friend to discover. Or try the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene which runs a total of 72 miles throughout this area, passing through Kellogg. Hop onto this path which is entirely paved and travel by foot or bike through forests, open land and along river frontage. There are 18 dedicated trailheads which offer picnicking areas for your and Fido to enjoy lunch. Be sure to keep him on leash, and bring plenty of bottled water.
The Old Mission State Park is located southwest of Pinehurst in the town of Cataldo. Here you and your pup will find many trails that wander throughout its manicured lawns. These paved paths wind past the Sacred Heart Mission, Idaho’s oldest building that dates back to the 1850’s. There are dedicated picnic areas for you and Fifi to enjoy lunch, and restrooms with water available. Fifi is welcome throughout the park on leash. For fishing or walking fun, try the Bull Run Lake Access Area with its 101 acres of stocked lake frontage! Pack food for this rural adventure!
In the City Center neighborhood of the city of Coeur D’Alene, west of Pinehurst, you will find puptastic McEuen Park and Dog Park! This off-leash park allows dogs to ‘do their thing’ and kick up their heels. After Fido has some fun, this park also offers recreational trails for leashed hiking along the lake, sports courts, and a playground. There is also a 4-acre open space to roam and a boat launch. Jump on the Centennial Trail which runs for 60 miles. Thirsty? Head to The Wellness Bar for some pet-friendly dining on their outdoor tables.
The East Sherman neighborhood of the city of Coeur d’Alene, west of Pinehurst, is home to the Cherry Hill Dog Park. This ½ acre park boasts separate areas for both large and small dogs, as well as convenient water fountains in both runs! There is also a clean up station on site. Afterwards, head to Sunset Park for some relaxation on their grassy fields, a trip to the playground, or a picnic lunch with your fur-ever friend under the shade of their gazebos. Or head to Mod Pizza or MacKenzie River Pizza for some pet-friendly outdoor dining.
The West Miles neighborhood of the city of Hayden, west of Pinehurst, is where you will find great fur-iendly places for you to explore and enjoy the outdoors! Stoddard Park is home to two acres of open space, with dedicated walking paths and picnic shelters throughout. The City Arboretum is also located here, and is a great place to relax and unwind. Or try Croffoot Park, adjacent to this neighborhood to the north, with its 25 acres and scenic mountain views to experience. Both parks have restroom facilities on-site. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water.