Crystal Falls, MI is home to what might well be the most famous fungus in the world. The growth is so large that the scientists who discovered it had to assure their colleagues that their findings were not an April Fool’s joke -- the growth, Amarilla gallica, extends for thirty whole acres through the soil of a forest near the town. The Humungous Fungus, as it is known, even has its own festival -- you and your pooch are welcome to watch the Tube Float down the river, or join in the fun at the Fungus Fest Parade!
A marvelous mycelium isn’t all Crystal Falls has to offer, though. The town sits on the banks of the picturesque Paint River, and between the charming historic downtown, friendly small-town vibe, and proximity to outdoor recreation, it’s impossible to spend much time here without letting Crystal Falls grow on you!
There’s no designated dog park in Crystal Falls, but that doesn’t mean that you and your buddy have to be "spored"! You’ll find a couple of pawesome community parks here that are ideal for leashed walks, and given the spectacular natural surroundings, it should come as no surprise that the town is close by some fantastically fur-friendly hiking options. You might need to drive a little to get the best for your buddy, but you’ll find plenty of off-leash adventure opportunities fur-ther afield!
At 315 acres, Bewabic State Park might not be the largest in the area, but since it sits right on the eastern edge of Crystal Falls, you two would be barking mad not to go! The park is part wilderness and part well-maintained green space -- a two-mile nature trail brings you through wooded wonderland to the wide and serene Fortune Lake, but at the other end of the park, you’ll find manicured lawns, fire pits, and even a tennis court. Non-furry family members might also appreciate the playground. Don’t forget to bring waste bags and water!
You’ll need to cross the state line into Wisconsin to get to somewhere your buddy can lose the leash, but make no bones about it, a trip to Florence Bark Park is sure to leave them one happy hound! Located right next to the Florence Visitor’s Center on Forestry Drive, there’s enough room in this one-acre park for even the most rambunctious of furballs to blow off a little steam. Bags and water are provided, so just bring your pup and prepare to play! You’ll also find a one-mile trail through the woods right outside the dog run, as well as a swingset for two-legged members of the family.