The Bennington Lake Trail System in the Mill Creek Recreation Area is a puptacular place to get exercise with your pooch. This 20-mile series of pathways includes three main loops, some service roads, and several spur paths. You can choose anything from a short stroll to the lake or a walk around the property's perimeter. There are four sets of restrooms available here. Expect company when you visit; these routes get frequent use.
There's a parking lot by Bennington Park where you can access the Kingfisher Trail. This 1.7-mile paved pathway follows Mill Creek past the dam, toward Rook Park, then loops back around to the starting point. You can also follow Reservoir Road to the Bennington Lake parking area. From the lot, you'll be able to take the Whitetail Trail that heads out to the remote parts of the land. There's a dam crossing on this loop. Along the way, you'll hike through bunchgrass, mixed prairie, and savannah. Watch for wildlife like deer, raptors, and the occasional coyote out here. For a shorter trek, you can take the Meadowlark Trail around the Bennington Lake shoreline. On this route, you'll cross an embankment dam and an intake canal.
Fido is welcome here. Your pup must stay on-leash in the Rooks Park and Bennington Park areas. In other parts of the property, they're allowed to be off-leash as long as you keep them under voice and visual control. Carry water and bags to collect waste with you.
Whether you want to relax by the lake with your furry friend or you want to hike through the open fields, the Bennington Lake Trail System can accommodate you. This furrific property offers a chance to enjoy nature and scenic vistas. There are benches and shelters along the routes where you can relax and look at the water and the Blue Mountains in the distance.