It can get quite cold in Battle Creek, Michigan, and what better way to warm yourself up to a snuggly cat or take the dog out for a walk. Many households in Battle Creek own at least one cat or a dog, in some cases both. The Calhoun County animal shelter has noticed a decrease in unwanted dogs over the years - a potential sign that Battle Creek, Michigan, residents are warming up to canine companions.
The best way for your dog to get some sniffing and exploring action in town is a stroll in the Battle Creek Linear Park. The horizontal park offers a 17-mile journey past historical and cultural landmarks and is easily accessible through one of the many entrances. As long as dogs are strictly kept on a 6-foot leash they are welcome to accompany their owners on the trail.
Owners that are willing to go out for a little drive can visit the Bark Park Dog Park in the neighboring Kalamazoo County. This dog run in Portage, Michigan, offers a large, fenced play area where dogs can run around and play without a leash. To cool down in the summer, there are also small pools for splashing purposes. As the park is constantly monitored, it is one of the safest ways for dogs in the area to enjoy their freedom.
Not a resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, but just traveling through with your pets? No reason to fret as there is a multitude of pet-friendly places to stay the night for different budgets like the Red Roof Inn & Suites Battle Creek, the Mccamly Plaza Hotel, the Comfort Inn Battle Creek and the Econo Lodge Battle Creek.
Maplehurst’s many residents can enjoy two beautiful parks in their own neighborhood. Bailey Park is perfect for busy days and full-family picnics. Almost entirely devoted to the game of baseball, Bailey Park has six diamonds on the grounds. Watch a pick-up league game--just keep your pup on leash to stop him from chasing the balls! Kolb Park on the west side of Maplehurst offers a different experience. This park is more laid back, with a looped walking trail perfect for logging miles and stretching muscles. Take a far enough walk and you could wind up in the Linear Park parking lot located in the neighborhood of nearby Orchard Park.
Wattles Park in Battle Creek is home to the Ott Biological Preserve. This park is dedicated to preserving as much of the natural biodiversity of the area as possible. You won’t find elaborate paths or picnic benches here. You will find preserves for many species of birds, tough hiking trails you’ll want to break your boots out for, and a breath of fresh air. There are several trails to choose from, so you can walk your leashed dog by the water, or tackle a hilly workout. Block off a couple hours to really sniff out every detail.
Fort Custer State Recreation Area is a 15-minute drive from Battle Creek, and is frequented by residents of both Battle Creek and Augusta. This Michigan State park offers over 3,000 acres for hiking, jogging, walking, swimming, and enjoying. Leashed dogs are welcome in all areas of the park, and off-leash areas are being implemented under a “Dog Trial Area” sign. Whether you want to seek out an off-leash zone or not, Fort Custer is more than worth the trip out of Battle Creek. Experience nature and get away from civilization with your best friend.