If you and your buddy are looking to camp close to all sorts of outdoor activities surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery that all of America has to offer, Heyburn State Park might the paw-fect spot for you to pitch your tent!
You may not have to sacrifice too many of your creature comforts, either -- some of the campsites come with electric, sewer, and water hookups, others have electricity only, and there are primitive sites available. There are showers on-site, and you can also rent cabins and cottages year-round (the campsites are only available seasonally). If you're staying in a cabin or cottage, your doggo will need to sit this trip out. There’s a $5 entrance fee to the park, and sites start at $12.
There are three different campgrounds at Heyburn State Park, and they’re all in furrifically beautiful locations! Hawley’s Landing, Chacolet, and Benewah sit on the site of the gorgeous Chacolet Lake, well-shaded by white pine trees. Heyburn State Park is understandably paw-pular with locals and visiting pooches alike, so it’s best to book early, particularly if you’ll need to stay at one of the park’s ADA accessible sites. Full hookup sites are also in high demand, and only account for 15 out of the park’s 135 sites, so make your reservation well in advance if you’re looking for all mod-cons.
You and your pupper won’t be too long in sniffing out something to do! Heyburn State Park is the oldest state park in the state of Idaho, and one of the prettiest to boot. The Trail of The Coeur d’Alenes is a real mutts-visit for four-pawed fitness freaks and laid-back lapdogs alike. Walking the whole 73 miles of this paved trail might be a little much, but the stretch through the park is still well worth a wander -- it's tree-lined, level, and offers a charming boardwalk bridge over the lake.
Other trails feature gorgeous wildflower meadows, towering 400-year-old ponderosa pines, and views of the St Joe’s River. Look up a map before you go! The park’s three lakes also provide plenty of op-paw-tunities for anglers and other watersports enthusiasts. The Rocky Point Marina has boat rentals, as well as a shop where you can buy fishing gear and other supplies.
WiFi isn’t available at Heyburn, and cellular coverage varies from network to network. Fires are permitted, and drinking water is available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your furry friend, and have a pawesome time at Heyburn State Park!