Hiking along the Cutfoot Sioux Recreation Trail is a wonderful way for doggy duos to see all the beauty that Chippewa National Forrest has to offer! The trail meanders through magnificent old-growth forests of red and white pines and native wetlands for more than 20 miles. You will cross several lovely streams that are furrific for cooling off your tired paws. Lakes of all sizes dot the terrain along your journey -- there are over 1,000 in this preserve alone! It's no surprise that this path is very popular with fishing enthusiasts!
The trailhead is nestled between the Big Cut Sioux and Little Cut Sioux lakes, behind the visitors' center -- this is where your journey will begin. The visitors' center is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm and is a great resource for trail maps, literature about the area, and souvenirs. If time permits, stop in before you start your trek. The surface of the trail is compacted dirt and grass; although this surface type is easy on the paw pads, it is not wheelchair-accessible. The diverse landscape caters to a variety of wildlife from otters to osprey. Don't be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a bald eagle! This preserve is the largest breeding ground for them in the contiguous states!
This trail is quite lengthy; you may want to camp so you can take your time and enjoy the experience. Respect the wildlife in the park, and leave nothing behind but your foot (and paw!) prints. Fido will be glad to hear that leashes are not mandatory in the park, although you should bring one just in case as the park is home to dangerous wildlife. Your pooches will love the chance to zoom along the trail freely -- just make sure you keep them under voice command! This trail is sure to make your fur-iend a very happy camper!