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With hundreds of lakes in the area, as well as state parks and forests, the natural diversity in Park Rapids makes it the perfect place to explore with your adventurous dog. The center of the city is home to parks, dog-friendly hotels and four veterinary clinics, while the surrounding neighborhoods boast much tail-wagging greenery.
Parks are the perfect place to walk off some of Fido's energy, and Deane Park is a beautiful one to do this in. With three acres to explore, along with a dock off which you can fish, this is one that both you and your pooch will love. If you manage to catch something, the park has eight grills available for public use, as well as picnic shelters at which you and Fido can enjoy your meal together.
For those looking for a dog-friendly place to stay in Park Rapids, there are quite a few options available to you. Many of these are AirBnB rentals, and you would need to check with each individual property about their specific requirements when it comes to dogs. If your pup would prefer a hotel, the Cmon Inn Park Rapids is a tranquil, dog-friendly resort with some exceptional amenities, including a large swimming pool and jacuzzi.
Park Rapids is a pawsome destination for nature-loving pooches, because with so many parks, lakes, trails and more, the two of you will never run out of areas to explore.
Park Rapid's City Center is home to a couple of different parks, all of which welcome dogs, so long as they are kept on a lead. Red Bridge Park is a one acre area with a striking red bridge that connects the park to a segment of the Heartland State Trail, which is never disappointing when it comes to a dog walk. Heartland Park, with its fishing pier and beach access, also makes for a pawtastic walk, as do the grassy areas of Green Acres Park. If you and Fido are tired after all of that walking, spend the night at the dog-friendly Red Bridge Inn, which can be found right next to the park.
The Lake George neighborhood provides access to quite a few different parks, meaning that you will never be short of a new place to walk Fido in here. One must-visit park is the Itasca State Park, which is the oldest in Minnesota. Stretching out for over 32,000 acres, and home to over 100 lakes, this really is doggie paradise! The Paul Bunyan State Forest is another gorgeous area for you and your pooch to explore, with over 115,000 acres of hilly terrain and forested land. Dogs are welcome in all of Minnesota's state parks, so long as they are kept on a lead, and be sure to bring plenty of water and doggie bags too.
Two of Minnesota's state forests dip into the Badoura/ Hubbard neighborhood, making this the perfect area for some exciting dog walks. The Badoura State Forest stretches out for just over 15,000 acres, but keep in mind that many parts of the forest are quite boggy, so be sure to bring a few towels for Fido afterwards. The 34,000 acre Huntersville State Forest can also be accessed from this neighborhood, and boasts everything from hiking trails to river canoeing. Dogs are welcome in both parks, but do need to be kept on a lead. Bring water and doggie bags with you.
Located just outside of Park Rapids, Nevis is a small town, and home to a segment of the famous Heartland State Trail, which connects Park Rapids with the city of Cass Lake. This 49 mile trail is completely paved, although many segments also have a grassy surface that dogs absolutely love. With everything from lakes and rivers to hardwood forests and an array of wildlife, this is a trail that Fido will wag for. Be sure to bring doggie bags, water and a lead. If you need somewhere to spend the night, the Eagle's Landing Resort & RV Park welcomes dogs, and is set within a tail-wagging 43 acres of pine and oak forest.
Just a 20 minute drive west of Park Rapids is the Wolf Lake neighborhood of Menahga, which is home to the Smoky Hills State Forest. In addition to the fishing, hunting and picnic areas you will find here, there are also more than 25 miles of hiking trails for you and your pooch to explore, so long as he is kept on a lead. Be sure to bring water and doggie bags too! If you need somewhere to spend the night, the Smoky Hills Wilderness Retreat is located in the forest. This upscale lodge allows two dogs per room for a small fee, and even has an on-site restaurant.
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