Looking to get out and explore Burnsville, Minnesota with your four-legged companion? There's no shortage of attractions in the area, ranging from fully-equipped dog parks to miles of outdoor trails.
One spot that is not to miss is the Alimagnet Dog Park. Amenities are expansive - the park offers double-gated access entry gates to over seven acres of off-leash, fully-fenced play area, with mulched walking paths, benches, doggie bags, and a scenic pond. Designed to still be accessible during harsh winters, this park even has heated dog bowls so your pooch can stay hydrated, even when the pond is frozen over. In 2005, this park was voted as one of the best dog parks in the nation during a "Dog Fancy" magazine contest.
Want something a little more wild? Explore one of Burnsville's many hiking trails. The Luce Line State Trail, over 75 miles long, was formerly an abandoned rail line. Now, it provides access to lakes and rare wildlife. A popular dog trail is the Hiawatha Trail, which winds through parks and the downtown area. Eventually, it meets the Minnehaha Trail, which boasts a beautiful 53-foot waterfall.
As for events in the area, Burnsville offers many dog-friendly options. In December, there's a tree lighting ceremony in Nicollet Commons Park. In the summertime, there's an annual International Festival of Burnsville. This cultural festival, offering food, music, and vendor booths, welcomes leashed dogs.
The heavily populated neighborhood where county roads 42 and 11 meet is built around beautiful spaces that support families, human and not. You can take your leashed dog to Wood Park, Echo Park, or Twin Lakes Park for leashed fun and trail walking. The real draw of the neighborhood, however, is Alimagnet Dog Park. Whatever your dog likes, this park has. Climbing rocks? Check. Pond for swimming? Check. More than seven acres of FENCED off leash area? Check, check, check! Alimagnet Dog Park is open year-round, with heated shelters and water bowls for winter adventures.
Orchard Garden has two parks that will make your dog sit up and beg for more. The first is West Buck Hill Park. If you don’t have time for a long walk, head to West Buck Hill Park. The sloped ground and variety of short trails allows you to pick the workout that makes sense for your dog. If you need to speed through your workout, choosing steeper trails is a great way to work off energy quickly. Orchard Garden is also right next to Crystal Lake. You have easy access to Crystal Lake West’s parking spaces, and the west end of Crystal Lake trails for hiking and walking.