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Darby is a small town in Ravalli County. Tucked away in the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley, it’s set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and is known for its pawsome hospitality and charm. Not only is Darby located along the Continental Divide, it is also surrounded by hours of hiking, camping, and fishing. Unfurtunately, it does not have its own veterinary clinic; the nearest vet can be found just 20 minutes north in Hamilton.
To get a real feel for the town’s laid back character, leash up your pup and walk down Darby’s Main Street. Shops full of antiques and trinkets welcome residents and out of towners. Step into Montana Old West Candy and Antiques Gallery and peruse the aisles of old fashioned treasures with your pooch. As you check out the variety of souvenirs and knick knacks, make sure your pal keeps their tail and paws to themselves. This shop reminds customers ‘if you break it you buy it!’
Before leaving, stop by the shop’s sweets counter. Get a scoop or two of ice cream, then head over to Main Street Park. It’s located right down the street and has a couple paved walking paths that wind around a small playground and gazebo.
Darby’s inviting atmosphere and dog friendly vibe will make your pup feel right at home!
If your pooch is itching for a walk, help scratch that itch by taking them for a stroll in River Park. Located just a bone’s throw from the Bitterroot River, this park is a great place for your pal to stretch those four legs. Cruise around the grassy space or head down to the river’s edge so your pooch can splash around the mellow current or just dip their paws in the river. This park even has access to the Darby Trail of Discovery, a 3.5 mile trail that loops around town. Waincrest Park is also nearby. Here you’ll find even more open space for walking, plus a playground, horse shoe pit, and picnic tables. Water is not available, so make sure to pack enough H20 to keep your pup well hydrated.
South Darby is home to a couple parks that will make your pooch bark with joy. South Park is set among the cottonwood and pine trees, so you’ll have plenty of shade during your visit. It’s a bit rustic, but your four legged friend will love sniffing around and spotting squirrels. Bring a sandwich and stay for lunch, just don’t forget a couple biscuits for your furry BFF! With several campfire pits and picnic tables, Tin Cup Park is the perfect spot for an evening campfire with the whole pack. Before settling in for marshmallows and ghost stories, stroll around the grounds with your canine companion. Neither park has facilities, so bring plenty of water.
This area has more than enough hiking to keep your pooch busy. The Tin Cup Trail is a 14 mile trail that starts in a lovely forested valley. Of course, you don’t have to complete the whole trail. But, if your pooch does want to go the distance, plan on a couple stream crossings. Rock Creek Trail is near Lake Como and is a bit shorter. At only 7 miles, this trail provides furrific views of the surrounding mountains. It also connects with Como Lake North Trail, a beautiful lakeside trail. As you’re trucking along, keep your eyes open for wildlife. Also, you may encounter horseback riders or mountain bikers. As always, bring enough water for your furry hiking buddy.
Looking for a new place to walk your doggo? Grab the leash and pay a visit to River Park and Trail in Hamilton. Just 20 minutes north of Darby, this beautiful park is right on the banks of the Bitterroot River. Since it sprawls across 65 acres, your pup will have more than enough room to roam. Take time read the interpretive signs that are posted along the paved paths so your pal can learn all about this riparian habitat. If you have a water loving dog, stroll down to the river so your pooch can go for a swim. Moose are known to frequent the area, so be sure to keep an eye on your furry BFF at all times.
If your pup wants to meet new friends, take a trip to the Hamilton Dog Park. Located about 25 minutes north of Darby in Hamilton, this two acre park brings out all the local canines. Sit back and relax on one of the benches as your pooch romps and wrestles with a new buddy. Or throw a ball for a game of fetch. Water is available at the park during the summer months. For a pawsome leashed walk, head over to Hieronymus Park and Trail and stroll along the Corvallis Canal. A two mile nature trail leads through cottonwood trees. Watch for osprey, bald eagles, and moose.
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