It's estimated (and maybe even local legend!) that over 50%, or one out of every two households in the state of Washington own either a cat, a dog or another companion animal. Whether the citizens of Snohomish, Washington, get lonely up north or it is something else, the town has a lot to offer for animal lovers. The impressive woodlands surrounding Snohomish are, next to the many antique stores, a real reason to visit or move to this village.
A large community of dog owners requires its own dog park. The Willis Tucker Dog Park delivers. This off-leash dog park offers more than 10 acres of enclosed playgrounds for dogs and their owners. The park is divided into three sections: an area with mostly open grass fields for dogs to run wild, a densely wooded area for dogs to explore and sniff and a special area for small dogs and less sociable dogs.
One of the best, or most locally preferred ways, ways to connect with nature is the Centennial Trail. This recreational trail starts from the city of Snohomish up to Bryant and is 29 miles long. The route takes its travelers through 150 years of rich history and is not only a great hike for dog owners but for anyone that wants to learn more about the Snohomish region.
Snohomish, Washington, makes pets and their owners feel right at home. There are, for example, multiple restaurants that have a patio for dogs: Todo Mexico, Trails End Taphouse, Blazing Onion and Maltby Pizza & Pasta.
As one of the most family friendly neighborhoods in town, Rees Corner is a wonderful area to live with your two and four-legged babies. Neighbors will often meet at Willis Tucker Park to walk Fido and let the children enjoy the playground. The off-leash area at the park includes a large 6-acre meadow, a 1.25-acre forest area, and a smaller space for small or shy pups. One of the more recent features is a “Pack it in – Pack it out!” system to cut back on trash removal. So, remember to bring water and your pooch’s bowl and doggie poop bags to dispose of waste when you get back home.
Those living in the urban City Center neighborhood can easily walk over to Pilchuck Park and give Fido a romp in the grass. Families enjoy visiting the park for a bike ride along the trails, or hiking with their pup and enjoying the wildlife. Picnic shelters and BBQ grills are also available, as well as a playground for the kids. The family can enjoy a quick lunch at the park, or walk over to one of the many dog friendly restaurants nearby, such as Trails End Taphouse, The Hungry Pelican, or Todo Mexico. Plan to spend an afternoon socializing on the outdoor patio discussing the latest ball game while the pooch’s sniff, snooze and snore in the sunshine.
Dog owners will love living in the Three Lake neighborhood and taking their pups on a variety of water adventures. Flowing Lake Park is open year-round and pups on a leash are welcome on the dock or fishing area. If Fido loves to go out on the water, you can rent a canoe or boat and strap on life jackets for a leisurely ride around the lake. The park is also open for camping, so if you and your pooch need a staycation to get away and relax and enjoy nature, make a reservation in advance. With over 195 acres of land, Fido can run and play to his heart’s content.
Crescent Lake Park in the Echo Lake neighborhood is near the Snoqualmie River and features a trail that meanders through the area. When Fido is feeling a little frisky, snap on her leash and take her for a long walk through the park. Keeping your pup on his leash is important since the wildlife occupy the 25 acres of marsh land and 200 acres of forest. The trails are semi-maintained, so wear your hiking boots and make sure to bring water for you and your pup. If you are walking through the park during hunting season, make sure to wear orange or bright colors, and stay in the more populated areas with Fido and the family.