Though its tourism industry is based on what it’s called, there’s a lot more to Hell, MI than a name you don't want your youngest child to say aloud. The town sits along a gorgeous train of lakes smack bang in the middle of a scenic state reservation area -- if you're a fan of the great outdoors, Hell might be as close to paradise as you’re going to get.
That’s not to say that its citizens haven’t embraced the moniker, though -- businesses in Hell favor diabolical puns and themed foods. There’s even a weather station that can tell you if Hell has frozen over, and a scheme by which anyone can be Mayor of Hell for a day (given a contribution to the city coffers -- even in Hell there are taxes).
There’s no designated dog park in Hell, but that doesn’t mean that you and your pooch are damned to boredom! There are some furrifically fur-friendly hiking trails in the area, and the hounds of Hell are let loose in off-leash areas just a few miles away. For doggy dining, check out the Hell Hole Bar -- they do a sinfully good fried perch, and cater to canines outside. No matter how long or short your stay, you and your pup are sure to have a heck of a time in Hell!
Pups and owners that like their nature a little more maintained might want to check out Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter! The three-mile paved loop trail is mostly flat, making this an excellent stroll for older doggos who can’t quite move like they used to. You and your pooch can wander by the serene River Huron, or simply sit back on one of the benches and watch the canoes on the water. There’s plenty to do for non-furry family members, too -- from disc golf to watersports. Your canine companion will need to be leashed, of course, and remember to bring bags and water!