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The people of Wausau sure do love their outdoor spaces! Wausau features 37 parks, 18 county parks, and 10 county forests, altogether taking up 32,366 acres of land all within 20 square miles. When it comes to parks and places to play, Wausau cannot be beat, and with all that area to run, play and have a pleasant walk in, what dog lover wouldn't love Wausau, especially with six different animal hospitals to keep them healthy!
Wausau also offers multiple off-leash dog areas, such as Oak Island Park. This park allows dogs to be off-leash between the hours of 6 am to 9 am, and 6 pm to 9 pm.
If the amount of open land isn't enough, then dog-lovers should check out Katzenbarkers Natural Pet Food & Supplies, an all-out dog and pet store. Dogs are allowed inside the store while on a leash to check out the selection of natural dog food, treats, toys, leashes and so much more!
There's so much more adventure to choose from, like the Brockmeyer Park that takes up 22.5 acres, or the Schulenburg Park with over 3 miles of walking trails. Fido will be woofed out by the time you're done!
The Wausau Junction neighborhood lies in the center of Wausau, right along the Wisconsin River. Right next to that river lies Memorial Park, a 23.4-acre park with rolling green fields and towering, shady trees. The park is dog-friendly to all dogs, with off-leash hours between 6 AM and 9 AM. Dogs can take part in fishing, play on the tennis courts, or just go with you for a quiet stroll through the park. There's also access to benches, trash cans, and clean-up stations. After a day out, head over to Vino Latte, a casual cafe with dog-friendly patio seating.
The West Thomas Street and South 1st Street neighborhood offers a beautiful river park called Riverside Park. The park is dog-friendly and features 14.6 acres that includes a long walking trail throughout the park. The park has access to Picnic Island, a small river island filled with picnic tables that is also dog-friendly. Dogs are to remain on-leash on the island, except between 6 AM to 9 AM daily, when they can romp and play with unleashed abandon. Pack a picnic and make it an afternoon adventure!
The Rib Mountain neighborhood may sound like a dream come true for any dog, but I assure you, it is not a mountain made off BBQ ribs. It is home to the Rib Mountain State Park, which boasts a whopping 12.1 miles worth of trails, all dog-friendly as long as dogs remain leashed. The trails are broken up into segments with different features for each path. The Yellow Trail is the most challenging for those expert hikers, while the Quarry Trail leads to an old quarry. There are water fountains and trash bins at the trailheads, and dogs must stay out of the picnic areas.
The Wisconsin River cuts right through the City Center of Wausau, and in the middle of that lies Barker Island Park, a 15-acre island that's dog-friendly to all leashed canines. The park has benches, picnic areas and a clean-up station for your pup. The island also has a lighted walking trail, that leads into the River Edge Parkway, a 6 mile trail that travels along the river and over the other islands. The trail is also dog-friendly, but walkers must come prepared with clean-up bags and water.
Northwestern Wausau is taken up by one of the larger neighborhoods of the city, West Campus Drive and North 1st Avenue neighborhood. The serene setting gets better when you find the Scholfield Park, a 5-acre park with small trees and an open area, welcome to all leashed dogs. The park has a picnic area, drinking fountains and paved paths for an improved walking experience. All that walking and exercise deserves a good human and dog treat, right? So head over to Briq's Soft Serve, a dog-friendly ice cream venue with plenty of outdoor seating and delicious ice cream options for you and your dog.
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