Does your pup want to see something pawsome? Then grab the leash and head over to Sanilac Petroglyphs State Historic Park. Spreading across 240 acres, this furrific pawperty is home to the only known prehistoric rock carvings by Native American Indians on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. That’s woofin’ impressive!
explore the area, hop on the River Trail. It’s just one mile in length, but it takes you
and your furry sidekick through peaceful forests where your pooch can connect
with Mother Nature. The self guided trail also provides picturesque views of
the Little Cass River and crosses over this lovely body of water twice in its
loop. As you walk along the trail, keep your eyes open for the remains of a 19th century logging camp. You also pass by a 110 year old white pine tree. There
are a couple benches along the way, so if your pup needs to rest you can always paws
for a break.
While a stroll through the woods is invigorating, what your pup really wants to see are the petroglyphs. You and your furry friend will be amazed at the depictions of handprints, flying birds, swirls, lines, and men holding bows. The rock art is carved in a 1,000 square foot slab of sandstone. Due to vandalism and weather, the petroglyphs can be a little tricky to spot. And there is a protective fence around the stone, but this historic find is worth checking out.
Even though the hike around the park isn’t that long, you still want to
bring plenty of water for both you and your doggo. Also, don’t forget to always
have clean up bags on hand and ready to go. The only thing your pal should
leave behind is paw prints! Your pup will agree, an afternoon at Sanilac
Petroglyphs State Historic Park is definitely time well spent!