Jackson, Michigan, is a small city with a history of affection for animals. Not only are there multiple highly rated animal hospitals and a multitude of veterinarians in Jackson. There is also plenty of fun, exciting, and unique things to do with your dog. Needless to say, your four-legged friend has something to look forward to every day.
One of the best places to make a stop at, which has been verified by the local community, for dog owners is the Cascades Falls Park. While dogs have to be on a leash at all times, the humongous Park offers 457 acres for you and your canine friend to explore. A highlight of the park are the Cascade Falls, a 64 feet tall man-made waterfall. Dogs are allowed throughout almost the entire park.
Thanks to the efforts of the Cascades Humane Society dogs in Jackson, Michigan, also have their own park. The Paw Playground is located across the office of the Humane Society and is the only off-leash park in town. While entry to the park is free, dog owners first have to sign up for membership to ensure that all dogs are provided a safe haven to run around and play.
The general consensus is that Jackson, Michigan, is friendly towards pets and dogs in particular. If you are in town, maybe for a short visit, or staying through a week, you can book a room at pet-friendly hotels such as the Dewey Lake Manor or the Jackson Travelodge or one of the many campgrounds. You can also enjoy amazing Italian cuisine at the dog-friendly Bella Notte Ristorante.
Falling Waters Trail is located in The Cascades, and offers numerous trail activities including biking, fishing, walking, and even an asphalt path for you and your pup to enjoy. If you and your dog are feeling adventurous, you can complete the full 10.4 mile trail, or just do a leisure turn around walk. Another pawsome park to visit is Ella Sharp Park which is the perfect park to visit if you and your pup want to get in a few great laps. The best thing is Falling Waters and Ella Sharp are nearby so you can visit both in one day!
Check out the New Paw Playground located right across the street from the Humane Society in Blackman Charter Township. Before coming into the park, your dog must be licensed and up to date on all of it vaccinations. The New Paw Playground is closed Sunday and Monday, but offers areas for running, provides park benches for a rest, and contains a large breed area complete with an agility course. Rod Mills Park is a great place to walk your furry friend, enjoy nature, and people watch. Bring a picnic basket and take advantage of the picnic area and grills that the park offers.
The town of Spring Arbor borders Jackson, and is home to another Falling Waters Trail, located right next to Lime Lake. Take your pup on a scenic hike through the trails, or jump into Lime Lake to cool off. When you’re finished, stop by Laughlins Slice of Spice, a dog-friendly family-owned pizzeria that serves brick-fired pizza and is totally cool with you pup enjoying a slice of pizza with you on their deck. If you’re in Spring Arbor, but can’t bring your dog out and about with you, stop by DogVacay Spring Arbor. This dog daycare can watch your dog for you while you visit.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery and a nice glass of wine, head out to the nearby town of Grass Lake and visit Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Crane Café. The vineyard it 100% dog-friendly, as long as you taste your wine outside. Bring your camera for some great photos of your pooch in the vineyards. Food is important too, and Crane Café is there for you to grab some yummies like sandwiches and desserts. Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Crane Café even offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, and is the perfect place for you and your pooch.