Ashland is a small town in Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior. It was first visited by European settlers in the mid-seventeenth century, when French fur trappers camped in the area. The town wasn't incorporated until 200 years later, when it was established as a mining port town with an ore dock. Ashland is also a great place to explore the outdoors with your pup. It's surrounded by an array of natural areas and has a dozen parks within its city limits, as well as several dog-friendly lodging and dining options. Ashland has four veterinary clinics to tend to your dog's medical needs.
One of the most pawsome spots in Ashland to bring your furry friend is the city's largest park, Prentice Park. This 100-acre expanse has many amenities, including campsites for RV and tent camping. Over two miles of trails wind through marshes and forests with old growth trees. A boardwalk snakes along the perimeter of Fish Creek Slough, where you're likely to spot migratory birds and other wildlife. Prentice Park also connects to Maslowski Park, a lakefront park with sandy beaches. You will need to keep your dog on a leash at these parks and bring your own waste bags and water.
After a day at Prentice Park, you can take your pup just a couple miles south to unique locavore restaurant Freehands Farm, which features pet-friendly outdoor seating. It's a perfect spot to watch the sun set.
After a day of exploring this beautiful town, it won't just be your belly that's full—it will also be your heart.