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The Santiam Wagon Toll Road ran through Sweet Home and connected the Willamette Valley with central Oregon. Today, Highway 20 is built on the same route. The area is known for two large hydroelectric dams, Foster Dam and Green Peter Dam, and the Oregon Jamboree country music and camping festival. Both dams provide boating and camping opportunities in the area surrounding their reservoirs. For pups, Sweet Home Veterinary Clinic is at your service when your pooch needs them.
The beauty of Sweet Home and its surrounding areas are incredible places camping and hiking experiences. As the ‘Gateway to the Santiam Playground,’ Edgewater RV Resort and Marina on the shore of Foster Lake welcomes your leashed pooch. Foster Lake RV Resort invites up to two well-behaved, quiet and non-aggressive leashed pups less than 50 pounds to join you. For professional nature or cultural history tours, see Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours for access to special sites few people see. Fido is welcome on leash to join most of the hikes.
After your exercise, stop in at Spoleto's Pizzeria & Wine Shop at their outdoor pet-friendly tables for one of the twenty artisan pizzas or sandwiches with a glass of Oregon beer or wine. The Point Restaurant welcomes you and your pup to their outdoor with incredible views of Foster Lake.
Sweet Home has a variety of parks that foster outdoor recreation. Strawberry Park in this neighborhood provides a great leashed walk with your pup through the grassy areas and around the wetlands. Here you can see a variety of birds at different times of the year. Enjoy Clover Memorial Park, a one-acre park beautifully landscaped with flowering plants and trees, and a park entrance through a covered bridge that spans the lovely Stone Brook Creek. Nearby, the Northside Park offers 3.5 acres situated on the shady shores of the South Santiam River with easy access to a small beach. Stay at the dog-friendly Sweet Home Inn where dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.
14 miles east in the town of Cascadia in the nearby town of Cascadia to the south of Sweet Water, you can find the Cascadia State Park, a tranquil park with 24 campsites. Two hiking trails provide dog-tastic treks--a three-quarter mile trail to Soda Creek Falls and a second through historic Douglas-fir trees along the South Santiam River. Notice the ruts that remain from the historic Santiam Wagon Road. Your pup will be thrilled to run and play in the off-leash pet exercise area, as well as the large open play meadow.
Sankey Park boasts large fir trees and lush green lawns to provide a sniff-tastic walk with Fido. A creek meanders past the park and under the historic Weddle covered bridge. Bring a picnic and spend the day. Hobart Nature Reserve is a 60-acre nature area with multiple trails through wetlands and woodlands. Andrew Wiley Creek Park, at the base of Foster Dam, is the perfect spot to put in kayaks, inner-tubes or a variety of floating devices to enjoy a leisurely ride down the river with your pooch. Wiley Creek flows by the park’s west boundary where you will enjoy nature while wandering the paw-some riverside trails.
Historical Brownsville, 16 miles from Sweet Home, was the filming site for the classic film, Stand By Me. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their owner on leash at the annual anniversary celebration in the summer. Your pup will enjoy a walk and swim at McKercher Park where you'll find little plunge pools of the Calapooia River are a prime attraction for swimmers and visitors to this picturesque area. The tall Douglas and white fir trees offer shade for picnickers in the summer sun. Pioneer Park is a beautiful 26-acre park with plenty of wide-open space for a leashed walk and overnight camping is offered in the summer months.
Sodaville Springs Park, 9 miles from Sweet Home in this Lebanon neighborhood, is home to Sodaville Mineral Springs. Fido is welcome on leash as you explore the area in search of the soda spring. Waterloo County Park is just across the road for more outdoor fun. This 128-acre park on the banks of the South Santiam River is family and dog-friencly with camping, fishing, hiking, swimming and relaxation within this shady hide-away. The park also has a fenced off-leash exercise area for your pup to play with waste disposal bags available
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