Pokagon is a small stop along the M-51 highway in Michigan. Though the entire area takes up 34.4 square miles, the population clusters at either side in the neighboring towns. This leaves Pokagon a beautiful, rural area with plenty to see if you’re passing through. Dogs will love the break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and that’s not a bad relaxation recipe for their owners, either.
If your dog needs vet care while you’re in Pokagon, head north to neighboring Dowagiac, where three vets (including one emergency hospital) serve the surrounding community. Despite the distance, the trip is completely by freeway and only 15-20 minutes from most parts of Pokagon.
Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, despite the name, falls within the bounds of Pokagon Township. This 384-acre sanctuary is a great place to walk, destress, and get some exercise in. Be sure to keep your dog leashed as you walk the trails; dogs are pawsome, but local wildlife doesn’t always agree! In addition to a leash, you should bring water and a bowl for your dog’s safety. There aren’t drinking fountains in nature, so bring a bottle for yourself too. Pokagon is a great place for dogs to visit or call home. Give Pokagon a visit and see for yourself.
In the single neighborhood community of Pokagon is where you’ll find Arthur Dodd Memorial Park, a puptastic retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Your dog will love to explore this 31 acre park, complete with sniff-tastic woodlands you can hike through. The hiking trail through the park is around one mile long. There are also picnic shelters in the park, so you and your furry friend can stop for a rest. If you are looking for a dog friendly hotel to stay at in Pokagon, check out the Baymont Inn & Suites. All pups are welcome here and you can bring two dogs weighing up to 30Ib, if you pay an additional fee.
If you travel southwest from Pokagon, you will find the city of Niles only 11 miles away, with plenty of dog friendly parks you can visit with your pup. In particular, Saint Joseph River Park is pawsome for a relaxing stroll alongside St Joseph River, with a two mile trail along the beautiful shore. To play fetch with your furry friend’s favorite ball or Frisbee, head to Clevenger Park, with green open space and a picnic shelter for treats. The Niles Inn Conference Center accepts dogs and you can bring two pups along that are under 20 pounds, for an addition fee.
To join the pawsome McCoy Creek Trail and enjoy some outdoor exploring, head southwest for 16 miles and you will reach the City Center neighborhood of Buchanan. The four mile McCoy Creek Trail is a hidden gem in this puptown and your dog will love to follow all the new sights and smells of the woods. All pups are welcome, as long as they remain on their leash. To practice your dog’s training or play fetch, you can visit Kathryn Park, which has open grassy areas to enjoy. You might even make a new furry friend along the way!