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Located in “Little Egypt,” a portion of Illinois along the Ohio River, Pulaski is a small village in Pulaski County. It served as a construction camp, or “Camp Pulaski” in the middle of 19th century. Today, Pulaski is home to 274 residents, a local post office, and a church. This tiny community isn't the most bustling place, but the vicinity is quite pet-friendly. There are several vet clinics to the south in Anna, Dongola, and Jonesboro.
Cash River State Natural Area is a great place to take in nature and walk with Fido! You will find this little gem in Belknap, about 30 minutes northeast of Pulaski. This area is home to some stunning natural features, including massive cypress trees, some of which are more than 100 years old! There are plenty of outdoor and recreational opportunities, including fishing, canoeing, and hiking. The trails may be a bit challenging for the beginners, so make sure you're prepared!
On your way to Cash River, you will pass by Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Area, an expansive nature preserve with a variety of flora and fauna. Pooches can join you for an on-leash hiking adventure among the wetlands. You can enjoy more than 20 miles of walking!
There are plenty of outstanding scenic views and nature preserves in southern Illinois, but Ferne Clyffe State Park really is something! Located less than 5 minutes south of Goreville, the area features 2,340 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities. You will find breathtaking rock formations, picturesque waterfalls, and many more natural wonders! Your four-legged buddy will love sniffing out miles of hiking and walking trails winding throughout the forest. It’s a popular, and even a touristy place which is very busy during the spring and summer. Care to visit? Make sure you have enough drinking water with you -- and a leash, of course!
Dixon Springs State Park is set near the junction of Route 146 and Illinois Route 145. This is a vast and pet-friendly recreation area within Shawnee National Forest. Every minute of the 50-mile drive from Pulaski is worth it for this gem! There’s a cool spot in the park where you can watch birds and check off the ones you’ve seen on a personal checklist. You can also camp in the park since all camping areas allow dogs. Put your pal on a leash and start exploring! Make sure you keep a tight grip on the leash, though -- don't let Fido harm the plants!
Metropolis is a small town overlooking the mighty Ohio River, right on the Illinois-Kentucky border. The downtown area is centered on Ohio River Scenic Byway, which unites commercial and residential space. If you are looking for outdoor activities, Fort Massac State Park is your best bet! This is a scenic state park with a historic fort located just steps away from downtown. Although the fort is a replica, it does look like a real one! Pooches of all sizes are welcome to sniff and explore as long as they are leashed and supervised. The park is pawfect for picnicking, hiking, and even canoeing if you pre-fur.
A trip to Giant City State Park, located near Makanda in Illinois, is a pure delight. Giant City State Park is a beautiful area with diverse wildlife. It’s a natural treasure for plant lovers, with hundreds of flower species and 75 varieties of trees! As a dog owner, you will fall in love with the variety of activity options available here. Walk, hike, explore, sniff, and stick around for as long as you wish. Just make sure you have all the essentials for a day at the state park, like drinking water, waste baggies, and snacks. If you're traveling from Pulaski, this park is closer than some of the others we've mentioned, at just 40 minutes away
Tired of visiting national and state parks? Want to spend some quality time in a lovely city center with pet-friendly places? Then Marion will be your best bet! Just under 50 miles south of Pulaski, the town has a gorgeous downtown area with entertainment, shopping, and tons of eateries with outdoor seating! But what about fun? Don't fret -- Fido-friendly fun can be found here as well. Have you heard of The Bark Park in Russel Street Park? If not, then what are you waiting for?! This is a snifftastic fenced doggy spot for active mutts. A membership is required, though, so be sure to bring proof of current vaccinations.
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