Collins, IA is a pawsome place to rest, visit, or live. The population was up in the last census and looks like it will continue to grow as Collins becomes more of a residential center. Dogs are sure to love the fresh air, and their humans are sure to love the natural beauty and small town charm of Collins. Veterinarians are located throughout Stork County, especially in neighboring Maxwell, which has three vets all by itself. The county peak is over a dozen providing safe and effective care for dogs in the area.
If you and your dog need a big challenge to really get your workout in, you’re going to want to go to the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail Collins Section. This former rail line is still in the process of being converted, so only 24 of its 32 miles are available for walking at the moment. That’s still a long way, so make sure you bring water and a bowl as the path doesn’t loop. You can meet walkers, joggers, cyclists, and even equestrians on the trail, so stay leashed for everyone’s safety!
Collins is a great break or getaway spot for dogs and people tired of being cooped up in a car--or a great spot to settle down.
Spending time with Fido in the small and rural town of Collins allows for romps in the fields and finding snifftastic locations around the area. Visiting Collins City Park is an excellent way for your pooch to burn off excess energy at the end of the day. Families in the area also enjoy hiking along the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail, a 32-mile expanse that made up the former Milwaukee Railroad from Slater to Melbourne. Trailheads in key locations provide a place to get water and bathroom facilities. Your pup will have a pawtastic good time exploring this scenic trail.
Living or visiting the small community of Maxwell only 5.6 miles from Collins is sure to provide Fido will all the amenities of small town life. Neighbors will often carry treats in their car and local business will offer your pup a dog biscuit at the drive-up window. The town features Maxwell City Park, a great option to run and play in a horse arena where rodeos and horsing events are held. Just make sure to clean up after your pup. Exploring Legion Park is a perfect way to spend the day while the kids play soccer and your pooch lounges under the trees or plays a quick game of fetch. You can also access the Heartland bike trail from the park for a longer trek with your energetic pup.
Colo is a quaint small town located just 8.9 miles from Collins. Taking your pooch for a day of fun and frolic is simple when checking out Hickory Grove Park at the intersection of 670th Ave and 250th St. In addition to open fields and a pond for fishing or letting your pup dip his feet in the water, camping facilities are also available if you and your pooch need some rest and relaxation. Or head over to Niland’s Café and enjoy dinner at one of the dog-friendly tables where you and your pup will be welcomed by the pawsome staff.
Getting its name from its location and beginning as a railroad community, the small town of State Center is about 4.3 miles from Collins. Stroll down this historic main street to see small town life as it once was in its historic architecture, such as in the Watson’s Grocery building. Nearby, the Kaufman City Park is perfect to take your pup for a stroll and let him sniff the plants and trees. While watching the kids play ball at Brookside Park, Fido can frolic in the grass or socialize with other four-legged pals taking in the sun and fresh air.
Traveling to the rural town of Rhodes, Iowa is just 8.2 miles from Collins. Here you will find the Rhodes Timber and Wildlife Area, with its 61-acres of forest land. Located in the northeast corner of the town, the area features plenty of space for Fido to play and chase a ball or toy, or take a walk through the trees to catch various species of wildlife within their own habitat. At the east end of the park, Clear Creek is a great location to rest, get a cool drink of water, and allow your pup to dip his feet in the water or just enjoy the smells and sounds of nature.