Located in Iowa’s rugged hills and near the east fork of the Des Moines River, Ambrose A. Call State Park is beautiful slice of nature that’s just calling your pup’s name. This thickly wooded state park is contrasted by the rolling farmland that surrounds it. What a pawfect place to enjoy the great outdoors!
While visiting the park, be sure to explore the hiking trails. Your pal will absolutely love trotting along the pawsome Creek Trail. The one mile path delves deep into the woods, heads down a ravine, and meanders alongside a lovely creek. The variety of trees and shrubs make this hike doggone gorgeous. If you are in a hurry, or your pup just wants a mellow stroll, check out the High-Low Trail. It clocks in at just less than half a mile. For an even shorter walk, opt for the .2 mile Woods Trail. When the snow falls, all three of the trails becomes ideal routes for cross country skiing. And what dog doesn’t love to frolic in the snow?
If your pup needs a woofderful weekend getaway, bring a couple sleeping bags and stay the night in the park’s campground. There are 16 sites available, and 13 of them have electric hookups. Primitive restrooms are located in the campground, but there are no showers. So you will truly have to ruff it! Those just visiting for the day can make use of the picnic tables. Pack a sandwich, and a couple biscuits for your furry friend, and take in a leisurely outdoor lunch. The scenery and company simply can’t be beat!
As you wander around the park, be sure to always have a couple clean up bags on hand and ready to go. Pet parents must pick up after their fur babies. Also, don’t forget to pack enough water to keep your pooch well hydrated. Above all else, have a furrific time with your four legged buddy!