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Birch Run is a pupperific town that was originally founded in 1852 as a railroad station. The town gets its name from the creek that flows through a large patch of birch trees. The town's name has changed over the years but was reverted back to Birch Run in 1868. The village is less than 2 square miles in size, making it a great place for families that are looking for a small rural area with plenty of room and privacy.
One of the country's biggest outlet malls is found in Birch Run, known as the Birch Run Premium Outlets. This shopping facility attracts many visitors each month to fuel the local economy.
The nearest animal hospital is ten minutes away in Frankenmuth, just down the road. The staff will make sure your pup is treated with the utmost love and care to keep him in tip-top shape!
Saginaw Bay is a lovely water supply about 45 minutes to the north of Birch Run. There are several wildlife areas and parks surrounding the bay that you can stop by and sniff around with your pup on a nice weekend.
You'll find plenty more op-paw-tunities to dine, play, and shop with your dog just a short drive away!
Birch Run is a small community with a big personality. The Birch Run Community Park is a popular spot for dog walkers and families to stop and enjoy the fresh air on a nice day. The park is known to be dog friendly (leashes, please!) and there is plenty of room to lay out a blanket and enjoy some time in the sun. There are plenty of fast food chains that welcome pups at their outdoor tables so you will have no problem finding a quick bite after a long day of fun in the park! Just make sure you have waste bags with you if you plan on stopping for a while.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is 10,000 acres of varied terrain that was established in 1953. The refuge is home to hundreds of migrating birds throughout the year. It is a haven for endangered species and natural resource conservation. The land is covered in marshes, forests, and natural habitats. This is an official Bird Area, so if you plan on hiking the trails with your pup, you will need to take care to not disturb the birds. Canadian geese, egrets, and warblers are some of the most popular birds that attract nature watchers and photographers from all over to this beautiful place.
Uptown Bay City is right on the east side of the Saginaw River. It is about half an hour away from Birch Run, and well worth the drive if you want to spend some time in a busier town. This part of Bay City is just a skip and a hop from several public green spaces that are pawfect for taking your dog on a long walk after a hard day at work. Birney Park is one of the parks that is popular with locals. This park is 3.5 acres of outdoor fun with a playground, pavilions, and beautiful landscaping to enjoy.
Downtown Bay City, or Central Bay City, is about 35 minutes from Birch Run. It is home to Maplewood Park, which was built in 1987. Maplewood Park is 9.7 acres of open public green space where you can enjoy plenty of fresh air. It has a baseball field and basketball courts for your active family to get in plenty of exercise. There is a playground for young children to enjoy as well. Leashed pets are welcome as long as you clean up after them. There is also a pavilion available if you want to host a party or reunion in a family- and pup-friendly environment.
Banks is a lovely neighborhood on the upper west side of Bay City, about 40 minutes away from Birch Run. The neighborhood has plenty of single-family homes to choose from if you are planning on moving into the area. Defoe Park is in this neighborhood and is a lovely 11-acre park with plenty of outdoor excitement for you and your dogs! The park was once just 3 acres but has grown since 1914. The area was named after Harry Defoe of the Defoe Shipbuilding Company. Dogs are welcome to hang out with their humans in this park as long as they wear their leashes.
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