Grab Fluffy's leash, pack up your gear, and head to Highland Recreation Area in Southern Michigan. Located in White Lake, it sprawls across 6,000 acres of land and is filled with forest, marshes, lakes, and hills.
The Highland Recreation Area provides space for swimming, biking, skiing, and horseback riding. Your pooch can't enter any of the swimming areas or buildings, but they can explore the trails or join you for a picnic. Your pupster can happily hike through 17 miles of multi-use trails. Goose Meadow day use area is home to some pawsome nature trails that will delight your dog's senses. And there are three dog trial fields, where you can teach your dog to hunt. When you're discovering the park, keep an eye out for the furrific variety trees, including oak-hickory, mixed hardwood, or beech-maple trees.
Highland Recreation Area also has several picnic shelters that can be reserved up to a year in advance. The Teeple Beach Shelter is ADA accessible. If you're up for camping, the park's campsites can accommodate tents or RVs, and have fire pits, picnic tables, and are near water spigots, vault toilets, and the dump stations. Unfurtunately, dogs are not allowed in cabins at this campground, so you and your furry friend will have to ruff it in one of the campsites. Remember to always keep your pup on a leash no longer than six feet. Also, bring some clean up bags so the only things your pup leaves behind are paw prints.
Please note all park visitors must have a Michigan Recreation Passport. This can be purchased for $11.00 at the time of vehicle permit renewals for Michigan residents. This puptacular pass gives you and your canine adventure buddy access to all Michigan state parks for an entire year. Recreation Passports are also available to non-residents.
A visit to Highland Recreation Area will make your dog one happy hound!