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At the mouth of the Cheboygan River sits the pet-friendly city that shares the same name -- Cheboygan, Michigan. Settled in the mid-1800s, Cheboygan has always been a ferry city with rivers for neighbors. There are two schools of thought when it comes to the origin of the city's name. The first is a translation of Ojibwe word which means "sewing needle", and another word, chabwegan, which translates to "place of the ore." The city's name origins might be shrouded in mystery, but the pet-friendliness the furry locals enjoy here is no mystery!
Dog owners love living in Cheboygan for tail-wagging reasons! There are 3 veterinarians and animal hospitals in the city, along with 4 pet groomers and 2 pet shops. Everything your pup needs to stay happy and healthy is within easy access here! Inland, there are 4 parks you can visit with your dog, like Turner Park, which faces the river. There's also a pet-friendly local joint that has outside seating, so your dog can sit beside you as you enjoy a Michigan meal. No more leaving Fido behind!
Whether you have a water dog, a trailblazer that loves to hike, or a dog who's simply content to sniff the trees, Cheboygan is the pawfect place! Just grab the leash!
Does your dog like to walk with you to the top of mountains? What about a lighthouse? If you live in Duncan Bay, you and Fido can head east to Cheboygan State Park. Deep into the park, toward the shoreline, is a lighthouse beaming out into Lake Huron. You and your exploratory pup will have more than a blast exploring the 1,250 acres of land that span between the western Cheboygan Point and Poe Reese's Cabin in the east. The park offers historic sites, hiking trails, and boat launching points. Dogs are more than welcome at Cheboygan State Park. Just don't forget the leash!
Is your dog a beach bum who likes to lay out for the summer? If you live in the West Side neighborhood, you can drive up to Thompson's Harbor State Park, which has both densely wooded areas and a lakefront beach. During the winter months, you can ski, snowboard, and explore the gorgeous hiking trails open year-round. If your doggie is an angler, there are seven miles of shoreline along Lake Huron. There is a variety of native salmon to the lake as well as two species of trout. Whether you and Fido are looking to camp or just go for a nice, long walk, Thompson's Harbor is a great place to visit!
Is your dog a member of the local yacht club? Your doggie skipper will love living in Harrison, where he can eat at the pet-friendly restaurant The Boathouse. Here, you can take your dog to sit out on the deck that makes it feel as if you're floating on the water. The tables are maritime themed, decorated with everything nautical! The Boathouse has some great seafood, like the blood orange mussels, crab cakes, or a hearty shrimp po' boy. If you're feeling something from the land, try the Classic Boathouse Burger or The Yacht Club. Fido gives you permission to board!
Does your precious pooch consider himself a trailblazer? If you live in the Ruggsville neighborhood, you live right next to a trailhead for the North Central State Trail! You and Fido can hike a chunk of this 62-mile path that cuts through the state of Michigan. The trail passes through farmland, waterways, and hills. The North Central trail is part of a non-profit rail-trail program which refurbishes old railroad tracks into scenic places to walk with your dog. This trail's pathway is crushed stone, and the segment that runs through Ruggsville offers great views of the Straits of Mackinac! Don't forget to bring waste bags with you.
Is your dog a natural water dog that can swim as good as he wags his tail? If you live in the Orchard Beach neighborhood, you can drive 15 minutes down to the beautiful Aloha State Park. Here, you can swim, fish, camp, and hike alongside the shores of Mullet Lake. Toward the southern tip of the park, there is a boat ramp where you can easily launch a boat off from the docks. No furry worries! Dogs are more than welcome at the park as long as Fido stays on his leash. Aloha Park is a "fetching" good time!
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