Is your pooch itching for some time in the great outdoors? Then grab the leash and head over to Maybury State Park. Sprawling nearly 1,000 acres, this gorgeous slice of nature is just calling your pup’s name.
One of Maybury's most pupular features is the trail system. Paved and dirt trails wander through mature forests, open meadows, and rolling hills. Most of the trails are loops and can be combined to create a route that best suits your pup's energy level. If your pal is up for a four mile hike, take the Maybury State Park Hiking Trail. Start at the Walnut Picnic Shelter on the west end of the park. While hiking east, your pooch will see a small wetland, babbling brooks, historical displays, and a pond. Needless to say, there are plenty of pawsome sights to hold your pup's attention.
Fun fact- at the beginning of the 20th century, the park's land was home to a tuberculosis sanitarium. If your pal wants to learn more about this unique history, follow the Maybury Sanitarium History Trail and check out the sites of the old buildings. Please note there are also designated bike and equestrian trails in the park, so be sure to pay attention to maps and signs.
A Recreation Passport is required to visit Michigan State Parks. Michigan residents can purchase one for $11.00 when renewing their license plate each year or for $16.00 at any other time. Non-residents must pay a $9.00 day use fee. This furrific park also features baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic facilities, and a fishing pond. Restrooms and drinking water can be found throughout the park.
While visiting, always have a clean-up bag or two on hand and don't forget to carry plenty of water on your hike. Maybury State Park will definitely make your pup a happy hound!