If you and your fur baby are needing a workout followed by a stroll in the countryside, or vice versa, check out the Centennial Trail in Muskogee. This multi-purpose trail has two different, but interconnected sections which offer you and your pup the chance to stretch those legs. You'll find the trailhead at the Love-Hatbox Sports Complex, or you can join the south section of the trail in Muskogee itself. It starts right by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and believe it- your pup will be dancing for joy when their paws hit that asphalt track.
The trail section which leads from Muskogee to the sports complex is around two miles long and pretty level all the way. That's a great distance to walk as a warm-up. It will loosen up any stiff muscles and get you and your pup in the right frame of mind for continuing on to the next part. The Love-Hatbox Loop is a three-mile-long circuit around the perimeter of the complex sports fields. You may even find yourself feeling inclined to break into a sprint. This part of the trail was once an athletics track. You won't spot any sweaty joggers now, but you will be able to enjoy some scenic views of the surrounding countryside which is pretty diverse, and varies from forest to wetland to prairie. The south section is forested and nice and shady, while the loop is open to the elements.
Don't forget to keep your pup on its leash the whole time. That way they won't disturb any of the wildlife or stray onto the sports fields, and you'll arrive at the finish line together. Although be prepared. Your pup will love walking this loop so much, you might find yourself going around a second time. You'll need to carry water and clean up bags with you as neither are provided. Have a pawsome workout!