Step back in time with Fido when you visit the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site! The site of the most destructive Civil War battle in Kentucky, the 1,000-acre tract has remained largely unchanged since that fateful day in 1862, making it the biggest preserved Civil War battleground in the state.
While your pooch probably won't care much for Perryville's history, they'll definitely wag their tail at the nearly 20 miles of self-guided trails that meander throughout the site. Be sure to pick up a brochure from the information box just outside the museum's front doors before setting off. Aside from the many historical sites and markers, you and your pup will encounter various species of native plants and wildlife during your stroll. Since the park also serves as a refuge for several different animals and habitats, it's not uncommon to come across wild turkey, deer, and mink as you explore the site's woodlands and grasslands. The park even has a dedicated “Bird Trail” where dozens of bird species, including the Henslow's sparrow and bobolink, can be spotted along Doctor's Creek and Donelson's Run.
Expect to see Monarch butterflies flitting about as well—as a certified Monarch butterfly waystation, the park has planted milkweed plants to provide a habitat and help protect these orange and black insects. After all that walking around, rest your feet and paws at the picnic shelter, which includes restrooms and tables. Don't forget to bring snacks and water for yourself and your furry friend!
If you and your pooch visit the park during the first weekend of October, you can catch the annual Battle of Perryville Commemoration, which includes reenactments, tours, lectures, and food wagons. No matter what time of year you stop by, always keep your canine companion on a leash and have clean-up bags handy. Note that while dogs are welcome throughout the park, they are not permitted inside buildings.
Don't miss the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site for an unfurgettable experience with your pup!