Pups and their families who enjoy the outdoors will love spending time in Valentine. This small town is known for rolling sandhills and the Niobrara River. Valentine loves animals, and you will find four veterinarian clinics in this small town. Whether Fido needs a routine appointment or emergency care, you will love the friendly and convenient vet clinics.
When Fido needs some exercise, head over to Valentine City Park where you can stroll along the mile-long trail. There are large mature shade trees and you can sit and relax on one of the benches while your pup rolls around in the grass, and the kids play on the playground. Another option to walk your pooch is Colburn Park located on East 3rd Street. The park is located near the center of town and is a great place to let Fido stretch his legs.
Another fun adventure in town is the Fishberry Campground. Your pup is welcome to stay with you in your tent or camper while you enjoy the outdoors and fishing on the river. This family-owned ranch is a great place for a staycation with the kids and spending quality time with furry family members.
If you prefer the convenience of staying in a hotel, Trade Winds Lodge allows pups for an additional fee. Or you can check out Super 8 where your pooch is welcome in one of the pet-friendly rooms, and there is a grassy spot to walk Fido before bed.
If you and your pup love a small town friendly atmosphere where everyone knows their neighbors, Valentine is a wonderful pooch-friendly destination.
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge follows along the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, and you and Fido can ride through the area while watching for buffalo or elk. Stop for a few minutes while your pup stretches his legs before heading out to Smith Falls State Park. This pupular area is well-maintained and you and your pooch can hike the trails or go boating down the river. While strolling along the path, you will find Smith Falls which is one of the tallest waterfalls in the state. Your pup will love sniffing all the plants and running around in the open areas. You can also access the Cowboy Trail which crosses over a railroad trestle and offers beautiful views of the landscape. You will often see other pup parents out getting some exercise, so be sure to keep Fido on his leash.
About 35 miles southwest of Valentine, the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest covers 116,000 acres of sandhills and prairie land. You and your pup can enjoy fishing, camping, and bird watching or just hiking along the trails for some exercise. There is a small campground located on the southwestern edge of the forest where Fido can sleep with you in a tent and enjoy primitive camping. The Niobrara river flows through the forest and your pup can splash in the water and cool off. The Blue Jay Trail is a one-mile long loop that starts and ends at the campground and offers a nice stroll for your pup and the kids.
Just 45 minutes southeast of Valentine, the Ainsworth East City Park in Ainsworth is located off Highway 20 and features two pooch-friendly areas for camping. If you are looking for a fun destination to spend time with your pup, this park is home to various town events and festivals. You can pitch a tent with your pup or bring your camper and enjoy the outdoor activities. Plan to visit historical sites like the Sellors Memorial Cabin, the Coleman House, or just take a leisurely walk through town. If you prefer to stay in a hotel, Rodeway Inn and Super 8 motel are both bet friendly and welcome pups for an additional fee.
An hour southeast of Valentine, Long Pine State Recreation Area in Lone Pine offers 153 acres of land and a short hiking trail where your pup can stretch his legs. The recreation area features amazing scenery and over 50 picnic areas where you can enjoy lunch with the family and your furry companions. If Fido enjoys camping, there are tent campsites along Long Pine Creek, and rustic bathrooms are available. You can take your pooch for a stroll through the forest and he will have a snifftastic time with the variety of plants and trees. Remember to bring plenty of water and your own doggie waste bags to keep the park clean.
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge area is a large open area where you can wander with your pooch and enjoy nature. You can access the Refuge off Highway 83 and begin your hike at the Cornell Bridge. There are a variety of lakes located throughout the refuge where you and your pooch can walk and admire the birds or relax and watch the water animals. Although the trails are primitive, you can walk along the path near the river and let Fido sniff the flowers and roll in the long prairie grass. You need to keep your pup on his leash while walking, you will probably see a variety of wildlife and be sure to bring your own doggie waste bags.