The Natural Bridge State Park is home to Wisconsin’s largest natural bridge. Spanning an impressive 25 feet, the massive sandstone arch was carved over the years by wind and erosion. Visitors come from all over to check out the impressive phenomenon created by Mother Nature herself. Near the arch is a prehistoric rock shelter that was occupied by humans 10,000 years ago. That’s woofin’ old!
The bad news is the arch and rock shelter are located in a designated natural area of the park that dogs are not allowed to enter. So if you want to see the park’s namesake feature, leave your pooch behind with another member of your paw-ty. The trail is only a mile, so it won’t take too long.
The good news is that there is another dog friendly trail in the park. Whitetail Hiking Trail is located across the highway from the bridge. This two mile hike runs around a north facing hillside. Your pooch will love getting exercise in this scenic woodland. Old farm fields are now open prairies that come alive with wildflowers in the spring, and the forest provides some much welcomed shade. The pawsome thing about this trail is that it’s not usually crowded. So if your doggo prefers to hike in peace, it is a great option.
Natural Bridge State Park has a small picnic area, so pack a sandwich for you and a biscuit for your pup and stick around for leisurely lunch. With such puptacular scenery, you won’t be in any hurry to leave. Make sure your water bottles are full to the brim before starting your hike. Your pup will need a couple water breaks while on the trail. Don’t forget to also carry some clean up bags and pick up whatever your dog puts down. No bone about it, this park will make your pup one happy hound!