Cross Plains is a tiny little town with population of 3,538, but it’s close to some dog-friendly activities. Just outside this village, in Berry, WI, you’ll find a doggie park called Indian Lake Dog Park where your best friend can swim and run around with other dogs. This park can be found woofly 9 miles from Cross Plains. Other parks where dogs are allowed but must be on a leash are Baer Park, Municipal Park, Brewery Creekside Park, Melody Acres Park, Raspberry Park, Westview Park and every park in Cross Plains. However, the dogs are not allowed at the playgrounds and shelters.
Just about 14 miles away, there is another small town called Verona that also welcomes man's best friends. There, you can find Badger Prairie Dog Park, a 9-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park that is well maintained. Furthermore, it has a two-gate entrance system so your smart doggie cannot escape when somebody enters the fenced park. Moreover, you have two more dog parks in Verona; one is named Prairie Moraine Park and is said to be the best park in Dane County. It has plenty of hills so it has some good opportunities for exercise for dog owners as well. The other one is Military Ridge State Park Trail.
The village of Waunakee is located approximately 13 miles from Cross Plains. Your dog can enjoy the 20-acre area called Yahara Heights Pet Exercise Area. It has a body of water in which dogs are allowed to swim! To use this park, dog permits are required, and they can be purchased online. Your pup will be thankful to you for letting him run through the tall grass that this area offers. Afterwards, if you're too tired, you can all spend the night at one of Waunakee’s Airbnb rentals that are pet-friendly. Pet policies for each house varies, so be sure to check the requirements with your host.
If you're looking for something other than a park for you and your sweet companion, you need to head 14 miles towards the Wisconsin River and you will find the most beautiful beach there. Lying along the river's body, you can find Mazo Beach where your pawesome friend can dig in the sand and bathe in the water. Although dogs have to be on leash there, that won't stop you from having lots of fun. But be aware that the sand can get really hot in the summer and your dog's paws can get burned.
To get to this bigger neighbohood from Cross Plains, you’ll need to drive 17 miles, or around 30 minutes. However, the drive is well worth it, because Madison is home to several dog parks! The neighborhood of Mendota Hills is home to one of the most beautiful dog parks in Madison: Warner Dog Park in the Warner Park. It's an 8-acre, off-leash, fenced park where your doggie can run free. It is next to Lake Mendota, which is great for all the pups who fancy themselves swimmers. It also has a lot of shade and grassy areas, which are pawfect for the summer heat.