The Ionia State Recreation Area is full of stunning colors that show off the natural beauty of the area. There are plains, wetlands, hills, and rivers at this breathtakingly spectacular recreation area. Not only is this place a sight for sore eyes, but there are plenty of campsites available, with tons of activities to go along.
You can pitch a tent at a rustic site or opt for a cabin. You can go fishing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, or in the winter, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Even though you can't take your dog inside buildings or in swimming areas, you two can still have so much fun when you're at Ionia State Recreation Area.
The campsites can be reserved online, and some are ADA accessible. At the modern campground, you have access to electric hookups, modern restrooms, and sanitation stations. The cost is approximately $22 during the peak season. There are also cabins, but dogs are not allowed inside the cabins at this park.
There are several trails for you to try out, depending on how strong of hikers you and your dog are. The shortest hiking trail is 3.5 miles and is called the Ionia-Hiking trail. The Ionia-Chief Cob-Moo-Sa Trail is the longest hiking trail available and is about nine miles in length.
The trail is also used by mountain bikers, so be aware of your surroundings. The other two trails are for cross-country skiing and equestrians, and they are not open to hikers. Whenever you're on a trail or at a campsite, make sure your dog is on a leash no longer than six feet.
While visiting the Ionia State Recreation Area, you must also pick up after your pooch goes to the bathroom, so you should carry some doggie poop bags with you. Your pooch should be friendly and obedient, and if you two are camping, make sure your furry friend follows the quiet hour rules.