Libby is situated in Lincoln County in the northwest corner of Montana. With access to numerous trails, lakes, streams, and campsites, it is paradise for outdoor lovers. Since the Kootenai River cuts through the middle of the city, and the Cabinet Mountains and Kootenai National Forest are nearby, you’re always just minutes away from adventure when you’re in Libby. This pupperific city even has its own veterinary clinic.
While in Libby, Fireman’s Park is a great place to walk your four legged friend. This pawsome park pays tribute to Libby’s Volunteer Fire Department. After a stroll around the grass, stop by the memorial and check out the bronze fireman statue that commemorates 100 years of service. Bring a picnic along and enjoy lunch with your pup at the pavilion. If you’re passing through town and need a place to lay your head for the night, this park even has tent and RV camp sites.
When dinner time rolls around, clip on your dog’s leash and head over to Cabinet Mountain Brewing. Not only does this place brew up handcrafted ales and sodas, it serves delicious mouthwatering sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Pull up a chair on the dog friendly outdoor patio and dig in!
Your dog will absolutely go mutts over this furrific town!
All the cool canines hang out in Libby’s off leash dog park. Located inside J. Neil’s Memorial Park, this puptastic park has separate areas for large and small doggos. Your pal can ditch the leash and run free, or stop to socialize with new playmates. There’s plenty of room for a game of fetch or chase, plus some agility equipment. Benches, clean up bags, and water for the four legged patrons are all available. For a nice leashed walk, head out into the main area of J. Neil’s Memorial Park and cruise around the 1.4 mile paved walking trail. While there is lawn area for your pal to wander around, dogs are not allowed to walk on the soccer and ball fields.
Libby has a pawsome selection of dog friendly hotels. After a day of exploring the area, settle in to Evergreen Motel for the night. This centrally located motel has an outdoor area for your pup, as well as picnic and barbecue facilities. Venture Inn is another great option. With free breakfast, an onsite restaurant, and a small pet fee, this place is sure to make your pup’s tail wag! For a small fee, your four legged buddy can also drift off to dreamland at the Caboose Motel. Be sure to fuel up at the Continental Breakfast so you can keep up with your pup!
If your furry BFF is craving some time in the great outdoors, make your way over to Bighorn Trail. Your pup can trot along this trail as it runs next to the Kootenia River and through some old orchards and bighorn sheep ranges. Your pooch won’t be the only critter in the area; eagles, osprey, river otters, and ducks all call this place home. Since this is a pupular trail, your pup will have the chance to practice trail manners as well as meet new friends. You’ll find benches along the way, so make time to sit down and soak in the gorgeous scenery.
Drive 15 minutes west to the outskirts of Libby and you’ll come to Kootenai Falls, home of the largest undammed falls in Montana. For an up close look at the falls, follow the dirt path from the parking lot and through the forest of pine trees to a swinging bridge that reaches over the river. The brave at heart can walk across the bridge and be directly over the river as it drops over 90 feet in just a mile. If your pup is afraid of heights or is unsure about the bridge, you can still get pawsome views of the falls on the trail’s overlooks.
If your pooch loves sleeping under the stars, then grab a couple sleeping bags and head over to Blackwell Flats Campground. One of the free campgrounds in the area, it is right on the pristine Kootenai River. Walk along the river’s edge with your four legged friend or take advantage of the river’s famous fishing. If the sites are full, head up the road to Dunn Creek Campground. It’s another free riverfront campground with RV and tent sites. Both campgrounds are just minutes from Libby Dam and the 90 mile long Lake Koocanusa, which is a hot spot for fishing, boating, and hiking. Sounds pupperific!