If your pooch needs a little adventure in their life, then load ‘em up and head over to Little River State Forest and Claude D. Kelley Recreational Area. Located right between Monroe and Escambia Counties, this 2,100 acre parcel of land is just waiting to be explored.
This beautiful park has everything your doggo needs for a
true outdoor experience. Thick forests, a lake, and a river make this place
absolutely gorgeous. There are two main trails that are multi-use, so expect to
see some bikers. They are both excellent for bird watching. If your pup is
loaded with energy, hit the Gazebo Trail. It’s around four miles roundtrip and
runs through a forest of loblolly and longleaf pine. A few hills and feeder
streams keep the trail interesting. The final destination is a gazebo that was
built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.
At 1.5 miles, the Bell Loop is the shorter option. Let
your pup be the guide as you follow this trail over a scenic bridge and through
a fragrant forest. The trail finishes at the top of a hill near a clay pit.
Paws for a break before heading back so your pooch can enjoy the view.
Regardless of which trail you take, make sure you have plenty of water for both
you and your four legged companion. And don’t forget to carry some clean up
bags and pick up after your pup.
The 25 acre lake in Little River State Forest and Claude
D. Kelley Recreation Area is pawfect for fishing. So bring your pole along and
see if you can reel in a whopper. Visitors can also go horseback riding or take
a dip in the lake to cool off. Pavilions are available, so bring some
sandwiches and stick around for lunch.
No bones about it, this park will make your dog’s tail