About thirty minutes south of Lincoln, Pickrell is a small community between Indian Creek and Possum Creek east of highway 77. This family and Fido-friendly town is a great destination to spend time with your pup socializing with friends and their furry family members. The well-kept area around downtown is a great place to walk your pooch and enjoy the fresh air. Your pooch will also be well taken care of at the veterinarian clinic in Pickrell.
The Pickrell City Park offers a nice playground for the kids, and an open grassy field where Fido can roll around or sniff the shade trees. The covered picnic pavilion is great for a snack with the kids, but you will need to bring your own water bottles.
Call your friends and meet up at the Pickrell Tavern with your pups to enjoy a cold drink at one of the outdoor picnic tables.
Another fun destination in Pickrell is the 4 Generations Barn where you can hold family reunions, weddings, or a variety of other events. The property is pooch-friendly, and pups are allowed on the ground floor area and outside, but they will have to stay out of the loft. Just be sure to clean up after your pup and enjoy spending time with your furry family member at the Barn and all over town.
When Fido needs to stretch his legs, the trailhead for Homestead Trail in Pickrell is located on the east side of town. This trail winds through some forest area, and crosses over 18 restored railroad trestles. Your pooch will love exploring the sights and smells along the trail, just be sure to bring some doggie waste bags. You can also admire the Homestead National Monument along the way and the Visitor’s Center will give you some great historical information. This is a great trail to hike with both your kids and your furry friends.
The town of Beatrice is located about eight miles south of Pickrell, and features the wonderful Beatrice Dog Park. Your pup will love running around off leash in the fenced park which offers a separate area for smaller or older dogs. There is running water where you can fill up a bowl for your pooch, and you can sit at one of the picnic tables and chat with friends while the pups socialize. You will need to bring your own doggie waste bags and dispose of trash in the convenient receptacles to help keep the park clean. There are two pooch-friendly hotels in the area also. Check out the Econo Lodge or the Victorian Inn where your pup is welcome for an additional fee. You can also stop for dinner at the N 6th Street restaurant where your food is delivered to your car, or you can sit at the dog-friendly outdoor tables.
About ten miles north of Pickrell, Community Park in Cortland is a large area where many community events are held, and a great place to walk Fido. You can walk laps around the park while the kids play on the playground equipment, or stop by the picnic shelter and relax with a cool drink of water. The fitness trail is perfect when you want to get your heart pumping, and your pup will love sniffing all the plants and flowers along the way. The paved sidewalk that leads out to the gazebo is also great for wheelchairs and strollers. If you are looking for a more interesting hike, head over to the Homestead Trail that follows along the old Union Railroad tracks. There are eleven miles of paved trail that link Cortland with Pickrell and is great for bicycles and pup parents spending time with the family.
The Hickman Linear Park Trail is a part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and is located about 25 minutes north of Pickrell in Hickman. The unused railroad is a perfect place to spend time with your pooch walking and enjoying the fresh air. There are native trees marked with plaques where your pup can have a snifftastic time and the mile-long path is the perfect distance for a quick stroll. While visiting Hickman, stop by 9 South Chargrill where you can enjoy sandwiches and burgers while relaxing on the outdoor patio. You will also want to stop by the Sugar Bee Bakery where you can pick up some baked goods and chat with friends at the outdoor seating.
The Stagecoach State Recreation area is about 20 miles north of Pickrell in South Hickman, and offers a 195-acre lake and 607 acres of land where you and Fido can explore nature. The Recreation area also features fishing and boating, as well as camping. You can spend the day or the weekend with your pup hiking through the area and let Fido sniff all the plants. There are restrooms available near the campground, and after a long walk, you can rest at one of the picnic areas. You can refill water bottles at the water fountain, but you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags and clean up.