Is your pup interested in some ‘off-road’ hiking? Look no further than this rural trail in the city of Saline, Michigan! Located in the southeastern portion of the state, the North Fork Saline River Trail is the perfect mix of outdoor adventure for you and your fur-ever friend.
You will be able to enjoy following the river while you hike, with plenty of opportunities for your furry friend to get his paws wet and romp in the river and puddles along the way. Plan to get your feet wet as well with many water crossings. They are not deep, but enough to cool yourselves during the late hot summer months. The trail opens in September and closes the first day of March, so plan accordingly.
The North Fork Saline Trail runs for 4 ½ miles and offers you a variety of terrain, all rated as easy. There are level locations and a few small hills throughout your journey. This multi-use trail offers something for everyone and meanders through the Ouachita National Forest. Beautiful scenery of the area exists, including views of the Crystal Mountain Range. The Saline River also offers paddlers a river trail, so you will often see others floating by.
This trail connects to other trails in the forest, so there is an endless amount of hiking to be had here! Fishing is also allowed, as well as camping, which makes for a wonderful extension of your day into an overnighter if you so choose. You pup is welcome whatever you decide! Make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for this day excursion and pack out what you bring in to keep this trail pup-friendly.
Head to Saline for some cool, off the paved path hiking and check that off your to-do list!
This trail is used by 4 wheeled vehicles and ATV’s, so plan accordingly. There is room to move to the side of the trail safely to allow these vehicles to pass.