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Upon first look, Rhinelander looks like an ordinary small town in Wisconsin. Little do people know that if they travel into the city, they will be greeted with the Hodag. This creature lurked that area in the late 1800s and feasted on all-white Bulldogs, as legend has it. Dogs nowadays don't have much to fear. Instead, they can expect a lot, as the town is actually quite dog-friendly!
The town proves this with the inclusion of the Doctors Foster & Smith Dog Park. The park is fenced-in for full off-leash play and provides plenty of shade from the densely wooded area where the park is located. There are separate areas for large dogs and small dogs, trash bins, benches, clean-up stations and water fountains.
The dog park is great, but if that isn't enough to convince you, then head over to Almond County Park. A dog-friendly park with about 20-acres of land that includes paved walking trails, and is surrounded by trees for privacy. Fido must remain on a leash at this park, but has access to benches, water fountains, and a clean-up station.
After realizing what a dog-loving town Rhinelander is, you'll be overjoyed to see the Hodag every day!
The Roosevelt is an urban neighborhood right above downtown, and is filled with businesses and shopping centers. The gem dog-lovers look for here is the Hodag Park. No monster will come up from the lake to eat you, but you and Fido will have an enjoyable day exploring the 70 acres of land that takes up the shorelines of Boom Lake. Dogs are welcome on a leash, can go anywhere in the park, and can even take a swim in the lake as long as it's not a swim beach area. Not only that, but humans can find features including benches, clean-up stations, water fountains, and trash bins.
The Rhinelander City Center is a bustling downtown neighborhood. Even here, you'll find a tremendous dog-friendly place in the Nicolet National Forest. The park sits at the western edge of the neighborhood and provides a forested area with nature trails and access to Hanson Lake. Dogs are welcome at the park and can take a day to explore the large area by either walking on the trails or taking a swim in the lake while they remain on a leash. There are limited parking spaces, and humans will have to bring clean-up bags and water.
Malvern is a southern neighborhood right under the City Center, and has a lot more open area that includes forests, farmland, and lakes. The region is perfect for nature enthusiasts and their dogs, and offers the dog-friendly Northland Memorial Park. The park has few amenities, but includes paved walking trails and open areas for a leashed canine to run around on. If you want to get even closer to nature, then the Lake George Campsite is the best dog-friendly option in the area. The campground has plenty of tent spaces, trash bins, a boat launch, and fishing area. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash 8 feet or shorter.
As one of the largest neighborhoods in Rhinelander, Enterprise takes up more than enough space to provide an abundance of dog-friendly parks. The Enterprise Hemlocks State Natural Area is comprised of 700 acres of land that welcomes leashed dogs. The park has diverse wildlife and vegetation, and 11.2 miles worth of nature trails throughout. Owners must bring water and clean-up bags. The area also includes the Kelly Lynn Bog State Natural Area. This park is somewhat dog-friendly, with about 5 miles of trails open to dogs. This policy is to protect wildlife that roams the park. Fido must be kept on a leash shorter than 5 feet, and owners must bring water and clean-up bags.
Northern Rhinelander also has plenty of outdoor activities for you and your best friend to enjoy. The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest is dog-friendly and made up of vast forests and multiple lakes. The woods takes up 225,000 acres of land, with over 15 miles of walking trails. These trails are moderate in difficulty and scale most of the woods with views of the lakes, streams, and wildlife. Fido must remain on a leash and must stay on the trail at all times. Afterwards, head south of the park to the Backwaters Bar and Grill for a perfect place to eat and enjoy the six outdoor dog-friendly tables.
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