Known for being a clean, safe and efficient city, Mason City boasts a tail-wagging mix of both urban and rural attractions. With everything from city parks to nature centers to dog-friendly restaurants, as well as four veterinary clinics, this is a city that will no doubt be hugely appealing to your pooch.
Mason City has quite a few parks, but the one your pup will love the most is the Mason City Dog Park, a five acre park where your pooch can run free off the lead. The park is fully fenced-off, with separate areas for larger dogs and smaller dogs, as well as a third run that contains agility equipment. With doggie water fountains, waste bag dispensers, and picnic tables, this is a park where you and Fido will no doubt end up spending quite a bit of time.
When it comes to on-lead walks, give the Georgia Hanford Park a try, which sprawls out for just under 60 acres. With sports facilities, a playground and a 1.2 mile paved walking trail, this park is pawsome for a leisurely stroll. The Lester Milligan Park is also popular, as this 81 acre park not only contains a playground and walking path, but also two large ponds for fishing.
With so many exciting spots for dogs to explore, it is easy to see why Mason City has an extremely happy canine population!
Mason City's E State Street neighborhood is home to quite a high concentration of parks, making this the pawfect place to go for a dog walk. At 57.6 acres, East Park is the largest of them all, and was even listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. With everything from sports facilities and picnic areas to rock waterfalls and scenic fishing spots, there is so much to see in this park, and the two mile walking path will ensure that you and Fido don't miss out on anything. Also within this neighborhood is Central Park, where you and your pooch will find 2.2 acres of majestic greenery to explore.
There are some pawsome walks to be had in the N Federal Ave/ 15th St NE neighborhood, beginning with the Lime Creek Nature Center. The 440 acres here showcases the natural diversity of North Iowa, and the three mile loop trail that runs around the grounds will take you and your pup through the best of it. If you would prefer a quicker walk through a smaller park, give Kiwanis Park a try, which is home to sports fields, a play area and picnic tables. The Lewis Kipper Park is also great for a quick walk, as dogs love to sniff about in this grassy stretch.
There is so much natural beauty to be found in the Emery/ Central Heights neighborhood. MacNider Woods is a great example of this, as this 28 acre park is packed with majestic woodland, as well as a walking trail that will take you through some of the most stunning areas. Parker's Woods is also popular, with this 13 acre park containing everything from play areas and picnic tables to sports fields and fishing spots. If all of that was not enough, the 11 acre Blair Meadows Preserve is also in this neighborhood, and is an extremely picturesque area to relax in with your pup.
Directly adjacent to Mason City is the Clear Lake City Center, and although this neighborhood may be at the heart of Clear Lake, it is actually home to so much greenery and wildlife. For some native rural wilderness, check out the Teal Basins Wildlife Management Area, as well as the McIntosh Wildlife Management Area, both of which are home to a few different habitats. If your pup would prefer an urban park, there are a few to choose from in this neighborhood, such as the Winter Garden Park and Triangle Park, both containing play areas, picnic tables and a paved walking path.
The Clear Lake neighborhood of 255th St/ Jonquil Ave is adjacent to Mason City, and is home to quite a few tail-wagging activities. This is where will find the Clear Lake Township Park, which is not only loved for its lengthy paved walking path, but also for the Clear Lake Dog Park that lies within it. This fenced-off dog park stretches out for two and a half acres, and features separate areas for smaller and larger breeds, as well as benches, waste bag dispensers, and doggie drinking fountains. If your pooch could do with even more exercise, the 1.3 acre Marian Park, with its sports facilities, playground, skating rink and walking path, is always great for a stroll.