Alto is a charming and beautiful rural community located in Kent County, which was founded way back in 1845. If you are interested in history, Alto is the perfect place to visit, with historical buildings and the traditional Alto Harvest Festival hosted every year in September. In addition, Alto is also well-known for Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, where all the family can have fun together. Due to its size, Alto does not have any veterinary clinics of its own for your dog, but you can find several nearby in Grand Rapids.
Since Alto is all about wildlife and the outdoors, dog owners and their playful pups can get out and enjoy the fresh air, with sniff-tastic parks to explore. All you have to do is pack your bag with a doggie bowl and some treats, as well as your pup’s favorite toys and you are all set!
Alto is a small town, but there are plenty of surrounding areas you can go to on an adventure with your furry friend. This includes the stunning Caledonia Lakeside Park, only 12 miles away, with green grass, trees and lake views. This is connected to the puptastic Paul Henry Thornapple Trail, which runs through three nearby counties to Alto – perfect for ruffing it! You can also head to Middleville State Game Area, which has lots of fun hikes to enjoy with your pup on leash.
Coldwater River County Park in the Town Center is a pawsome place to retreat from the bright lights of the city for a few hours. This six acre park has lots of grass and trees that your dog will love to sniff and explore, as well as beautiful views of the Coldwater River. If you like to fish, you will find salmon and trout in the stream. All pups are welcome here, as long as they remain on their leash. There are also some picnic tables near to shoreline where you can relax and enjoy the warm weather.
Ruehs Park is an irresistibly gorgeous park, which borders Alto and Caledonia. Dog lovers will love to bring their pup here, which offers fresh green grass to play fetch. Ruehs Park is near to the shore of the Thornapple River, and there are several picnic tables where you can bring some treats and enjoy some rest. There is even a grill to cook some delicious meats when the weather is pleasant outside. Every pup can be top dog here, but it is recommended to keep them on their leash, so everybody can have a puptastic time together.
By heading northwest from Alto for only 6.7 miles, you won’t have to go far to reach pup paradise! The Shaggy Pines Dog Park is located in Ada Township and will provide your furry friend with plenty of fun and excitement. This dog park has 15 acres of fenced land for your pup to run around and roam freely, as well as a pawsome ‘Doggy Mountain’ of sand for digging. There is even a swimming pond for your pup to paddle in. Shaggy Pines Dog Park also has a one mile sniff-tastic trail to explore, as well as water stations for refreshments.