Tucked into the foothills of the Ozarks with lakes in the periphery, lies the beautiful, pet-friendly city of Claremore, Oklahoma! Big highlights in this city's history include being the birthplace of Will Rogers and a reservation for the Cherokee Nation. Native American history is rich in Claremore and this is actually the origin story of the city's name. The Osage tribe settled the land with three chiefs who shared power: Chief Black Dog, Pawhuska, and Chief Clermont. Clermont's name eventually morphed into Claremore. Many flocked to the area to bathe in the sulfur springs, and buildings from the city's history still stand today!
Dog owners love living in Claremore because they have all conveniences of a major muttropolis! There are 11 veterinarians, 9 pet groomers, and 4 pet shops within Claremore's city limits. You won't have to travel far to keep your pup healthy. The same convenience extends to having a good time with your doggo! To the east of the city is Lake Claremore, which has a trail system and park surrounding the lake's shore. There's also a hound's worth of choices in parks, with 14 for you and Fido to choose from! Just grab the leash and head out into Claremore!
Does your dog go mutts for old-timey stores where you can buy old novelty products? If you live in the Pecan Ridge neighborhood, you can visit the pet-friendly Nut House! Here, you'll find different assortments of nuts like pecans covered in chocolate amaretto and caramel pecan patties. The Nut House also serves and sells fudge, pickled and preserve cans, jams, jellies, spreads, and much more! This is Fido's favorite spot to go back in time through his favorite sense, his sense of taste! The Nut House also bakes fresh pies. If you're feeling more savory than sweet, you can grab a soup or sandwich at the deli. After some nostalgia and a meal, you and Fido can walk along the bank of the Verdigris River for a calming walk with some beautiful views!
Does your dog live on the land but play in the sea? The next closest thing to the ocean is Lake Claremore, which hugs up against the Quail Meadow neighborhood. There's plenty of outdoor activities that are totally pet-friendly here. You can take Fido on a mile-long hike on the Claremore Lake Trail, which weaves through the trees with the lake to the east. There's also the Lake Claremore Park, a little further into Quail Meadow. Here, you and Fido can walk over a scenic bridge over Dog Creek, go duck hunting, or even take a boat out for some fishing. There are tons of walking trails that are Fido-friendly so you two can enjoy a peaceful stroll through this true Okie land!
Does your dog like to play "furever" with the other neighborhood pups at the dog park? If you live in the South Point neighborhood, you're at the closest point to the Biscuit Acres Dog Park. Just under a half-hour drive from South Point, you'll find this pawesome 2-acre off-leash dog park! It's worth the drive for a place that's fenced just for Fido! There two separate play areas, one for big dogs and one for the smaller guys. Each area has poop scoops and a drinking fountain, and there are even wooden picnic benches built onto a scenic overlook that sits on top of the pond in the middle of the park. Fido can't wait to get to Biscuit Acres!
Does your dog consider himself a doggie philanthropist? He'll love hanging out with you at The Teaching Gardens in the Oakwood neighborhood. The Teaching Gardens is a sectioned-off portion of the Will Rogers Park that is set aside for a community garden. This green space hosts community events that strive to teach gardening techniques to locals. Fido's more than welcome to attend! The rest of Will Rogers Park is also a great place to hang out with the pooch if you're not into gardening. There's a stage, play fields, and picnic shelters where you can enjoy the day outside with your furry best friend!
Does your dog like to splash around to cool off in the heat of the summer? In the Dogwood Park neighborhood, you've got two pet-friendly options to choose from. You can head over to the Claremore Splash Pad, which has playground equipment outfitted with nozzles and hoses that spray children of both species, human and doggie! Or, you can head to the park off Muskogee so Fido can splash in the creek that runs through the park. Both options are in the southern end of Claremore. If you're looking for a larger open space to play fetch, we recommend going with the park off Muskogee because it has wide open spaces mimetic of the rest Oklahoma! Fido can't wait to get outside in Dogwood Park!