Located in Southern Illinois and a wealth of historical sights, Fort Massac State Park has plenty of things for you and your furry friend to do and see. The park features the reproduction of Fort Massac and presents historical events throughout the year to highlight the history and culture that once existed here.
When the park isn't hosting an event, you can explore its many trails for hiking, areas for picnicking, or pitch a tent at a campsite. Fort Massac State Park has several trails for you and your pooch to trek, ranging from one mile long to nine miles long. The Hickory Nut Ridge Trail will take you along the Ohio River and is 2.5 miles long.
The other short trail is the Forest Watch Tree Identification Trail, which you can find a detailed brochure at the visitor's center to guide you on your hike. You and your pooch can enjoy this one-mile hike. The longest trail is 8.7 miles long and is shared by bicycles and hikers.
If you're up for a long weekend, consider camping at Fort Massac. There are over 50 campsites that are Standard A vehicle campsites that come equipped with electricity. There are also showers, bathrooms, and dump stations. You can also use tent sites or group campsites, too.
In addition to hiking, other activities you can try are disc golf, boating and fishing, hunting, picnicking, and exploring the historic fort. Be mindful of where you can and cannot take your pup. If you’re unsure, check for signs or ask a park ranger.
When you're with your dog at Fort Massac State Park, be sure he is always on a leash and never left unattended. Your dog should also be up to date on vaccinations and he should not be aggressive. If you're camping or hiking, pack enough plastic bags so you can clean up after him and make sure you have enough water so that neither of you dehydrates.