For a peaceful nature outing with your pup in southeast South Dakota, you can't go wrong with the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve! Covering 1,500 acres along the Missouri River, this hidden gem is the pawfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and adventurous doggos.
Canine visitors will be pleased to know that there are ruffly 10 miles of limestone trails to explore at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. The trails are flat and easy, making them suitable for four-legged hikers of all ages and abilities. Start your adventure at the trailhead near the visitor center in the homestead area, which also includes restored historical buildings such as the Stravenger Lutheran Church and Lamont Country School. As you walk past the prairie habitat and venture deeper into the park, you and Fido will eventually reach Mud Lake, an oxbow lake of the Missouri River. Pawse at the strategically placed observation blinds to see the various wildlife species that live by the water, including ducks, turtles, and deer muskrats.
The trails will also take you and your pooch through cottonwood forests and along the bank of the Missouri River. Take a leisurely stroll through one of the largest stands of cottonwood trees in the entire state, but stay alert for poison ivy. You may encounter deer, woodpeckers, coyotes, and other critters along the way as well. Wherever the trails lead you, always clean up after your furry hiking partner if they make a mess. Fido may go off-leash in remote areas when they are more than 200 feet from other visitors. Otherwise, keep your doggo on a leash at all times that is no more than ten feet. After tackling the trails, refuel with a packed lunch at the picnic area near the trailhead. Be sure to bring water and clean-up bags.
A furrific time awaits you and your canine pal at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve!