Looking for a new place to take your furry friend? Then pack up your pooch and head over to Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area. Formerly known as Railsplitter State Park, this pawsome parcel of land spreads across 974 acres of furrific wilderness.
A seven mile trail wanders through the lovely
woodland, grassland, and riparian terrain. Your pal will have plenty of room to
burn off some of their canine energy. Of course, you can always hike part of the
trail if they are in the mood for a short walk. There is also a separate jogging
trail that’s less than a mile. Be sure to carry enough water, as your pup will
want a cold drink after their workout. And help keep the park smelling fresh by
bringing some clean up bags and picking up after your doggo.
When it comes to wildlife, this park really lives up to
its name. Your pooch will love touring the property and discovering the various
types of flora and fauna. Groves of white oak and hickory provide ample shade. Clumps of ash, hackberry, and black walnut add to the park’s beauty. Salt
Creek runs along the park’s eastern border. It is full of bass, bluegill, carp,
and channel catfish, so bring your rod and reel along. As for critters, keep
your eye open for raccoons, rabbits, and hawks. You'll probably catch a glimpse of the large deer herd that calls this place home.
Besides hiking and wildlife watching, this park is a great
place for canoeing and hunting. While there are no camping facilities, there
are several picnic areas that have tables and outdoor stoves. Bring some lunch
and stick around for an outdoor meal with your favorite four legged friend. The
park even has a playground and a couple horseshoe pits.
This is definitely one park your pup will want to visit again and again!