Purcell is a city in -- and the county seat of -- McClain County, Oklahoma. Founded in 1887, Purcell is often called the "Quarterhorse Capital of the World" and its official motto is "Heart of Oklahoma".
Purcell's downtown business district is a beautiful area to wander around with the pooch. Its many historic buildings underwent a major revitalization in the 1990s that included new sidewalks, Victorian lamp posts, and storefront restorations.
Two of the buildings in the downtown business district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Hotel Love, a three-story Victorian brick building that currently houses an antique store, a bed and breakfast inn, and retail offices/storefronts, and McClain County Courthouse, an original turn-of-the-century three-story brick building.
Located on the Canadian River, another historical site worth seeing is the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge which connects Purcell to Lexington. The bridge, among the longest in Oklahoma, is named for James C. Nance, the publisher of a chain of community newspapers in Oklahoma, including the Purcell Register, the town’s oldest newspaper which is still in operation today.
If you’re planning on staying in town, the local Econo Lodge accepts two pets of any size for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night.
Sutton Wilderness Trail Park is located right outside Norman's First Courthouse district. The trail here is relatively easy and good for all skill levels. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on-leash. Keep an eye out for rabbits, skunks, possum, and squirrels, as well as birds and waterfowl near the pond. If Fido would prefer to run around unencumbered, the park also has a designated area where they can play off-leash, which includes a separate small dog area, benches, and trees. Sutton Wilderness Trail is a very historic area. The property belonged to the Griffin Memorial Hospital, and the patients would fish the pond.
The Maxine Williamson Dog Park in Shawnee, Oklahoma is a great spot to take your pooch for a ramble. There are two large runs: one for small dogs and the other for large dogs. The dog park also has drinking water, a fire hydrant for the dogs, benches for the humans, and lots of trees for shade on the hot summer days. And while you’re there, why not have a ramble around the beautiful town of Shawnee, a place with a rich history? There are lots of parks to explore, and don’t forget to check out the many painted horses throughout the town, full-size sculptures which were handpainted by a local artist.
Lawton Dog Park is a large dog park in Lawton, Oklahoma. There is a small dog area as well as an all dog area. The park has multiple benches for owners and an area full of trees for shade, as well as agility stations to keep the dog busy. There is also a water station and multiple waste stations with plastic bags. And that’s not the only spot in Lawton to take the pooch! While you’re there, why not check out Elmer Thomas Park? This pawesome park has lots of walking trails, a playground, a lake, and picnic tables in case you want to stop for a snack.
The nearby Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a breathtaking spot to go hiking with the pooch. Established in 1901, this is the oldest managed wildlife facility in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service system. Spread over nearly 60,000 acres, you’ll encounter a dazzling array of plant species, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The refuge is also a grazing habitat for American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deer. Dogs are welcome, and there are a number of on-leash trails in the refuge, but leashes must be no longer than 10 feet and all pet waste must be removed.
If you’re looking for a nice spot to eat where you can bring the pooch, check out the Classic 50's Drive-In in Norman, OK. This wonderfully retro diner serves up delicious food in a fun atmosphere, where you can eat in the car with your dog, or on the patio. The Classic 50s Drive-in is a family-owned business that has been in operation for over 60 years. Drop by for some fried Pickle O's, Frito Chili Pie, and other unique hearty dishes, as well as classic 50’s drinks such as shakes and malts. And don't forget about half-price drinks, too!