Lake Orion is a village in the center of the Orion Township in Michigan. This village has a personality all its own with plenty of historic buildings to explore. It is about 45 minutes from Detroit. The village is less than two square miles, but the population is growing fast. Lake Orion has been around since the early 1800s and was once little more than a sawmill and some simple homesteads.
The town's namesake lake is 482 acres where you can explore, swim, sail, and fish with your whole family. Dog walkers love the village for its simple charm and scenic walks. There are very few places you can walk without enjoying the views of the sparkling waters of the lake.
If you are looking for a yummy tail-wagging spot, CJ's Sandbar is a pup-friendly restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. There are four outdoor tables where you can enjoy a burger, seafood, or a salad, paired with a top-rated beverage, with your pup enjoying the smells right next to you.
There are three animal hospitals between Lake Orion and the larger area of Lake Orion Township, so you won't have much trouble finding the care your pet needs if you are moving into the area.
The parks in Lake Orion do not allow pets, but since the area is surrounded by forests and mountains, your pup will still have plenty to do if you don't mind a short trip. The Bald Mountain Trailhead and Recreation Area is just a few minutes from downtown Lake Orion. It is easy to get to and has plenty of parking. There are eight full miles of multi-use trails accessible year-round. There are winter activities available when snow is on the ground as well. If you plan on visiting this area with your pup, make sure you bring plenty of water and waste bags for the adventure.
Addison Oaks is about ten minutes to the east of Lake Orion. It is both a nature park and a small community with a little bit of everything that nature lovers could ever ask for. There are more than 1,000 acres forming the nature areas. You can hike for the day or set up camp in any of the designated camping sites throughout the park. There are more than 20 miles of trails for you to sniff out. You will also find people geocaching throughout the park if you want to join in while your beloved pup gets some exercise!
The Lost Lake Nature Park is about ten minutes east of Lake Orion, just south of Addison Oaks. The park is part of the Oakland Charter Township in the outskirts of Rochester. There are more than 50 acres in this park that you can explore with your pup on-leash. You can picnic or fish if you are looking for a laid-back afternoon. You can also observe the local waterfowl population while walking through the park. There is some trail hiking, but most of the area is stunningly wild, so harness up and head on over! Just don't forget water and waste bags!