Just a few miles east of Pierre sits the Farm Island Recreation Area. Surrounded by the Missouri River and Hipple Lake, this small island has plenty of opportunities for fishing, camping, and, of course, hiking. The trails found Farm Island lets your doggo explore this pawsome place while also getting some much needed exercise.
The Nature Exploration Trail is one of the most pupular trails in the park. It gives your pooch the chance to step back in time and imagine how the island looked when the Lewis and Clark Expedition came up the Missouri River. While trotting along this trail, your furry friend can sniff their way through the forested area and listen carefully for birds or hunt for the perfect stick. And additional eight miles of trails wind through the island, so let your pooch be the guide and choose the best route. Visitors can also walk around the park’s road system, which passes the campgrounds, Visitors Center, and picnic areas.
Dogs must be on leash when in campgrounds and around other visitors, and unfurtunately cannot go in buildings or designated swimming areas. If you are more than 200 feet away from other people and are in a remote area, your pal can roam around sans leash. A daily parking pass is $6.00. If you live in the area or plan on returning frequently, annual passes range from $30.00 to $65.00, depending on how many vehicles you want to register. Restrooms and drinking water are available throughout the park.
If your pooch prefers cold weather hiking or romping
through the snow, be sure to hit these trails in the winter. Farm Island is
pawsitively beautiful under a blanket of snow. Regardless of when you explore
the trails, bring plenty of water, a couple clean up bags, and some delicious trail
snacks. No bones about it, these trails will make your pup’s tail wag!