In Nebraska, there is a city called Kearney that was formed from the push of the railroad when the Civil War ended. Before it was Kearney, it was named Dobytown but was then named after Fort Kearny (but added an “e”), which was named after General Stephen Kearny in the 19th century. The city is now home to over 31,000 people and around 7,100 dogs, so there are many Fido-friendly places to go in town.
Meadowlark Dog Park on 30th Avenue is the spot to go if you are a dog! The park has a dog agility course that consists of tunnels, a seesaw ramp, and even a dog pool shaped like a giant dog bone. While you are there you will probably meet a lot of friendly dog lovers to talk to while your pooches are playing.
Kearney also has plenty of hiking trails you and Fido can get some exercise on along the Oregon and Mormon Trails. These two trails combined are 17 miles of hiking with gorgeous scenery and parks with lakes, playgrounds, skiing, skating, and fishing. On some of the trails, you will find lookouts to check out the view and even a few ball fields, picnic areas, and gift shops. You will both get a work out on these historic trails.
City Center in Kearney is close to the University of Nebraska and downtown shopping. The tiny, bustling heart of Kearney also includes a parking area for the Pioneer’s Path. This path is part of a much longer trail, that extends through several other Kearney neighborhoods and beyond the city limits. The parking area grants you easy access to this section of the trail, which runs through City Center. Park, hop out and walk your leashed dog as far down the trail as you’d like, and return when the walk is over.
East 4th / Cottonmill Avenue in Kearney, NE contains two leashed park spaces that will make your dog’s tail wag. The first is Yanney Park, a large park that caters to a variety of activities. From an outdoor gym to child wading pools to a fishing dock, Yanney Park puts the “multi” in multi-use! Your pup will love the walking trails, which climb hills and add interest to the park. Just keep him on leash! The second area is Betty’s Trail, another entrance to the leashed-walking long rail trail that runs through other neighborhoods like U of Nebraska and City Center.