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The community of Columbus, Nebraska is a small town on the eastern side of the state. Columbus has grown to be a beautiful place for nature enthusiasts, fishers, kayaking adventures and their dogs. The town has lots of dog-friendly recreational trails for walking or hiking, plenty of public parks, and six different animals hospitals just in case adventuring causes a mishap.
The Columbus Bark Park is a furtastic place for Fido to play, run and let his bark out! The park is fenced-in, and offers three separate areas differentiated for size and breed, with agility equipment, kiddie swimming pools and plenty of free toys around the park. Other features include benches, water fountains and clean-up stations.
Another in-town favorite is the Glur Park, a 6-acre park with grassy fields and shaded resting spots to bring Fido. Leashed dogs are welcome and have access to clean-up stations, water fountains and trash bins.
For an even larger play area, the 25-acre Gerrald Park is dog-friendly to leashed dogs, with plenty of room for fetch, running or just roofing off! The park has restrooms, benches, trash bins and strobe lights on until 11 PM.
With so many parks and trails, Fido will be wagging his tail with excitement when in Columbus!
The Sheldonville neighborhood lies on the northern corner of Columbus. The region is known for being part of the Loup Power District, which houses the dam and lots of natural acres. 31 of those acres belong to Loup Park, which features lakefront areas along Babcock Lake. Dogs are welcome at the park, although must remain on leash. Fido can join in the fun at the picnic areas, fishing, and camping sites. The Two Lakes Trail is a paved hiking path that extends 3 miles throughout the park, starting at the west end of Lake Babcock and meandering around Lake North. Features of the park include restrooms, benches and trash bins.
Platte Center is the largest neighborhood in Columbus, and is home to the Lookingglass Creek State Wildlife Preserve, a 67-acre park that offers one of the few outdoor, dog-friendly activities in the neighborhood. The preserve has plenty of wildlife, nature trails, forested areas and open fields to explore. Fido must remain on a leash throughout the preserve. Nearby, Camp Pawnee is also dog-friendly, and offers a marked campsite for you and Fido to share. Dogs must remain on a leash 10 feet or shorter at the campsite.
The Columbus City Center is filled with lots of neighborhoods and busy communities. Luckily, the area has plenty of options to exercise Fido! One of those options is the Pawnee Park, a 153-acre park that lies on the Loup River, with grassy fields, river access, and paved paths. Dogs are welcome at the park, but must remain on a leash and stay out of the river. The park includes benches, trash bins, and water fountains. For a less popular option, stroll on over to Bradshaw Park. This dog-friendly place takes up 18 acres that is filled with baseball, football, and soccer fields, and welcomes your pup as long as no games are going on. The park also features restrooms and water fountains.
On the edge of town lies the Southeastern Columbus neighborhood, a more secluded area that's perfect for camping and hiking. A quiet park known at Tailrace Park is the best place to bring Fido for some nature trails and water access. Fido must remain on a leash and cannot go in the water, or on the children's playground, but he can enjoy the picnic and grilling areas, fishing on the shoreline, walking the trails, and playing in the open fields. The neighborhood also hosts another dog-friendly campsite known as Agriculture Park Campground, a free campground that doesn't require a fee and allows stays up to 7 days. Fido must remain on leash while in the campground.
The Centennial neighborhood offers the heart of downtown experience in Columbus. Although the smallest neighborhood, there are still plenty of dog-friendly activities. For some exercise, head over to Frankfort Square, a one-block park with grassy fields and paved trails outlining the park. Fido is welcome, but must remain on a leash, even during the summer concerts that are performed here. One block north is the Glur's Tavern, a bar with pub grub and dog-friendly outdoor seating. If you're staying in town, the Super 8 Motel is a dog-friendly option, which allows up to two dogs for a small fee.
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