Sparta is a small village which lies in the western, central part of Michigan. The community offers a warm and inviting, family-friendly environment, just north of Grand Rapids. Dog-friendly throughout, your pup will find plenty to do, and two veterinarian hospitals to take care of any health concerns which might arise.
For outdoor fun, the town offers paved and ‘off-road’ hiking trails to the Rogue River, for all pup-abilities. There are beautiful scenic overlooks along the way, perfect for birdwatching and enjoying nature!
Head to Camp Lake Park for some relaxation on its small, open areas. This is the perfect place for sledding in the winter! There are picnic tables and a lovely playground for the kiddies.
For even more adventure, Long Lake Park has a 50-acre lake where you can kayak or canoe with your pawtastic pup, and over a mile of shoreline to enjoy the view and share a picnic lunch. There are a variety of open spaces, forests and wetlands to wander around on these 230-acres. Restrooms with water are on-site. Please keep your pup on leash at all these wonderful, outdoor locations.
Grab your pup and head to Sparta for a memorable day together!
In the 14-Mile-Northland neighborhood of Rockford, just east of Sparta, Trestle Park offers open space, a playground and picnic areas. This park connects to the White Pine Trail, for miles of hiking. This trail runs for 92 miles and was originally the rail system of the Grand Rapids railroad. This is a great place to take your pup for a pawtastic day of hiking or an overnight stay along the trail. Pack plenty of water and snacks, and although there are places where pup can run off-leash, keep it handy for more congested areas as this is a multi-use trail.
Pups come from all over to the Central Rockford neighborhood, in the city of Rockford, to gather and play together in the Rockford Dog Park! This park is filled with a large wooded area so there is plenty of shade when needed. There are also plenty of open spaces for your dogs to run as well! The entire park is fenced, with separate areas for large and small dogs. Sometimes after a heavy rain, there can be muddy areas so plan accordingly. There are no restrooms or water available so be sure to pack plenty to keep your pup hydrated.
In the Muskegon Street/Northland Drive neighborhood, in the city of Cedar Springs, east of Sparta, you and your pup will find H. B. Riggie Park. This 3-acre park offers a playground for the kiddies, and open space, grassy areas for relaxing. There is a spot for picnicking as well. No restrooms or water are on-site, so plan ahead. For more to do, head to Morley Park which boasts 7 acres with dedicated picnic areas and grills to flip some burgers, multiple playgrounds for kiddies, and plenty of space to just relax the day away. Restrooms and water fountains are on-site.