The quaint town of Council Grove is just 55 miles southwest of Topeka, and provides Fido-friendly neighbors and open green spaces throughout town. The town was created as a place for settlers to gather when traveling West and has continued as a small town with lots of history. If you are traveling through the area with your pooch, or you live in Council Grove full time, you will be able to take advantage of a veterinarian clinic on T Avenue just a mile from the center of town.
Fido will love spending time at the Custer Elm Park which is located on General Custer’s former property. You can pack a picnic lunch and some pooch treats and relax at one of the shaded picnic tables. There are restrooms available, and you can walk your pups around the area while they have a snifftastic time in the grass.
Durland Park off Railroad Avenue is another fun destination for Fido. There is a large open grassy field where your pooch can play a game of fetch, or just walk around the perimeter of the park and get some exercise. The historic Pioneer Jail is also in the park, and there is a large picnic pavilion. The kids can play on the playground, and you and your pooch can relax on a bench.
The best pup-friendly restaurant in town is the Trail Days Café & Museum. The restaurant is located in the 19th-century Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home that was part of the Santa Fe Trail. You will enjoy Old World, Early American, and American Indian cuisine at the outdoor tables with your furry pal.
Be sure to take advantage of the history and wilderness areas while exploring Council Grove with your pup.
Richey Cove Park in the Northeast section of Council Grove is a great campground where you can spend time with your pup and the family. There are both large group and single-family campsites, and the landscaping is well maintained. You can walk Fido with a leash around the campground and let your pup enjoy the grassy hills and fresh air. There are picnic tables available, and you can use the BBQ grills. The campground is quiet and offers a swimming beach and a boat dock. The central location is close to many historical sites where you can explore with your pup.
If you enjoy strolling along the river, the Neosho Riverwalk is perfect on a sunny day. You can hike the paved walking and bike trail and admire the views. Kids can run around on the playground and there are picnic areas nearby. While spending time with Fido at the park, be sure to bring some doggie waste bags. The area is clean and well maintained, and you want to keep it looking great for other visitors. The walking path is well lit at night so you can take your pups for an evening stroll and let them socialize with other dogs and their owners. City Park is located in the same area and features more history of the Santa Fe Trail. There are shade trees covering the grassy areas where you and your pooch can get some exercise.
In the North section of town, the Council Grove Wildlife Area features a primitive walking path that ends at the lake. You and your furry family members can hike through the tall grass and explore the habitats of animals and plants. Once you reach the lake, spread a blanket and throw in a line to catch some fish. Fido will love running around chasing bugs and splashing in the water. There are trails around the lake and into the trees where you and your pooch can get even more exercise, just be sure to bring some doggie waste bags, bug spray, and extra water bottles.
The Santa Fe Recreation Area and Campground are popular destinations for residents and visitors to the great state of Kansas. The Area is along the Council Grove Lake, and features excellent fishing and place for Fido to run around. The campsites are open all year round, but you will only have access to facilities that require water during the summer months. The grounds are well maintained, and you can stroll with your pup on a leash. The area is also known historically as where the Osage Indians signed a treaty establishing the Old Santa Fe Trail.
Camping in the Northwest section of Council Grove will take you to the Canning Creek Cove Recreation Area on Lake Road. There are amazing views of the lake and you and Fido can stroll through the grounds and watch for wildlife. There is a marina across from the campground where you can launch a boat, or just let your pooch get his feet wet. The area is maintained by the Corps of Engineers and provides over 3,000 acres of land. Restrooms and showers are also available for campers and Fido will enjoy wandering through the grass and sniffing the trees.