For the trails that have just about everything you could want, you and your pup should check out the Congdon Creek Park Trail. Nestled in the suburbs of Duluth, Minnesota, this short and easy path has access to a creek, forested area, a natural gorge, waterfalls, bridges, and even volcanic rock formations. To enter the trail, you can park along 32nd Avenue East and Superior Street where parking is easy to find.
All total, the path is a little less than a mile and is completely paved to allow access to everyone. However, there's a set of stairs that may give you trouble if you have anyone traveling in a wheelchair or stroller. Your pooch will enjoy the abundance of trees and animal scents, as well as the creek and waterfalls.
Congdon Creek Park is named for Chester Congdon, who was the wealthiest man in the city in the early 1900s and decided to spend some of that wealth on a community park. You will notice the ancient, but well-maintained bridges, stairs, and stepping stones that are from the original development of the park.
There is plenty of shaded areas due to all the mature trees, so you and your crew can find a place to sit and have lunch or supper if you like. There are even some picnic tables by the trailhead and the waterfalls. You will likely see some pawesome wildlife, but the park department asks that you please do not feed them or try to approach them. You should also be sure that your fur buddy does not irritate the other park visitors or the local wildlife.
In addition, be sure to bring your own clean up baggies and water. While there are restrooms in the park, there are none on the path, so you need to fill your water bottles before you start your hike. Your four-legged family members need to be on a leash at all times while on the trail or in the park. Follow the rules of the park and be courteous to other hikers on the path.
For a woofderful adventure, try out the Congdon Creek Park Trail with your pup!