Peaceful, charming and family-friendly, Poynette, WI is one of the only towns in America to have been named as a result of poor penmanship. The town was to be named for Pierre Paquette, a fur trader, scout and interpreter who worked on the rivers in the region in the 1800s -- however, when the city was incorporated, the name was read as Poynette, and it stuck!
The town pays homage to its heritage by maintaining its historic downtown, a quaint and picturesque district where the locally-owned businesses only add to the village vibe. These days, Poynette is known as a quiet bedroom community for the nearby city of Madison -- and as the home of the some of the best trout fishing in the state! Poynette may be small, but there’s certainly room for a veterinary clinic, and 24-hour care is available right in town.
Poynette doesn’t have its own dog park, but that doesn’t mean that you and your buddy are bound to be bored! Veterans Park has some pawesome wooded trails ideal for leashed walks, and you’ll find some fur-friendly hiking options close by. You might have to drive a little to get the best for your buddy, but you two will find plenty of opportunities for off-leash adventures just a bit fur-ther afield!
Fitter furry friends and owners in search of a more strenuous hike might want to check out Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area. Make no bones about it -- if you two are looking for a challenge, you’ll find one here! Gibraltar Rock is part of Wisconsin’s 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail, which features gorgeous glacial lakes and interesting rock formations. Make it to the top and you and your pooch will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over almost all of Columbia County. Your pooch will need to be leashed, of course, and remember to bring your own bags and water!