Papillion, Nebraska was named for the creek that runs through the center of it. Papillion comes from the French word for "butterfly". The original French settlers who made this grassy meadow their home quickly fell in love with the area, and named the river after the many butterflies they saw along its banks. And the rest, as they say, is history.
If you're in Papillion -- or "Papio", as some residents call it -- stop by Hallack Park. Hallack Park is right at the heart town. You can bring your leashed dog to walk through the fields; just be careful to avoid the butterfly sanctuaries. The trails are open from dusk to dawn. The open spaces are just perfect for a game of fetch. There is plenty more to do here as well, with parks, ball fields, and even a public pool.
Hickory Hills Park is another barktastic spot for you to walk your dog. There are always a few other dogs on the trail so your pup can sniff out a new buddy. This is a trail system that stretches through the community and connects neighborhoods. It is often used as a bike lane as well, so just be mindful of that when visiting.
Papillion is a furrific place offering small-town charm and a big-city welcome for pooches and their owners!