Hot Tips: The Latest Word From The Trail (Aug 2010)

Submitted by Nikki and Harleigh
Me and my Lab Harleigh love hiking. We've been to Falling Creek Falls in White Springs, FL and we loved it. It is a very short hike, but the view is beautiful! Big Shoals Park is also a great place for hikes, we are planning on hitting that up very soon.

Kathryn Abby Hanna Park is a GREAT place to go for dogs. They have dog friendly beach and hiking trails, definitely a win-win. We're planning on visiting as soon as possible, but trying to not go in the middle of the summer crowd.

Florida is pretty dog-friendly, as far as outside stuff goes. You just have to know where to look. Quite a few beaches allow dogs, while some of them allow them at all times (Cape San Blas, St. George Island, Ponte Verde Beach) Port St. Joe, etc), some just allow them at certain times (St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, etc.). Plus, there are quite a few "dog beaches" and dog parks spread throughout the state.

Like I said you just have to know where to look and sometimes you have to look hard! =)

Submitted by Art Excursions
Hikes near Chicago.

The Chicagoland area has one of the largest Forest Preserve Systems in the U.S. One of our favorite parts of the Forest Preserve System of Cook County is the Palos area, located Southwest of Chicago. A favorite trail runs the Cranberry Slough/Boomerang Slough/Country Lane Woods. It is so beautiful, you'd never know that you were in the Chicago area. Here is where to park and the route, which was featured in the Trib:

Park: in Country Lane Woods; the entrance is off the south side of 95th Street between U.S. 45 and 104th Avenue/Willow Springs Road.

The route: Take the beige-coded and mildly hilly Old Country Lane trail south. Turn left onto the yellow trail. It will take you past Cranberry Slough, giving you a glimpse of blue water. Then it turns sharply and rises for a delightful overlook of the slough. Continue as the trail crosses 95th Street and passes unmarked Hogwash Slough, a charming pond edged by purple-tinged grass. Then it turns sharply and rises for a delightful overlook of the sun-kissed wetlands of the slough. Continue as the trail crosses 95th Street and passes unmarked Hogwash Slough, a charming pond edged by purple-tinged grasses. The trail turns left and rewards you with Boomerang Slough, shaped like its name and surrounded by meadows. Continue on the yellow trail, then turn left on the beige, Old Country Lane. Cross back over 95th Street and return to the parking lot.

Distance: About 4.3 miles.

Here is the link to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, which has maps.

Submitted by Chris

I’d like to recommend Port Hudson State Historic Site as a great place to hike with dogs. There are numerous trails, some more challenging and hilly than others. There is plenty of shade. It’s located on Hwy 61 in East Feliciana Parish, 25 miles north of Baton Rouge. The park is open 9am to 5pm every day, so it’s a great weekend destination. It’s only slightly crowded during the historical reenactments that happen a few times a year. The rest of the time, you can hike for hours without seeing anyone else at all. Port Hudson would make a great addition to the recommendations on your web site.

Submitted by Keely

Just wanted to let you know that the beach at Quiet Waters Dog Park, Annapolis, MD is currently closed due to erosion.

Please post on your site…I drove an hour to take my pup to the beach and all I got was a nice dog park. Off to our next adventure!

Submitted by Pat

Dogs are allowed on most Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park trails in summer, but in winter they are not! You might want to note that in your piece. The only dog-friendly trail in winter is the hike to the Treat Farm, south of Empire. It's my understanding that the NPS keeps dogs off the trails in winter to keep cross-country skiers happy.

Happy trails (and tails),

Submitted by Art Excursions

Just visited the World Headquarters of PepsiCo this past weekend. We and our Shih Tzu had a great time at the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo. We spent a couple of hours here enjoying the beautiful landscaped grounds. The sculptures were gorgeous--a top shelf sculpture collection. I am so glad (and amazed) that dogs are allowed there. Please abide by the leash rule as I want to be able to visit with my dog here in the future. It's a world-class sculpture garden visited by people from all over. (You know how it only takes one non-dog lover to complain about off leash dogs and that's the end of it for all of us, unfortunately.)

This was an excellent place to visit with our dog and can't wait to return. By the way, it's free.

Submitted by J.J.

Just found your site, it was mentioned in this month’s issue of the Carolina ACD newsletter. A GREAT GREAT place in NC is DuPont State Forest. As the name suggests, it was donated by DuPont. It is located near Brevard and the lower portion of the Pisgah Nat. Forest (which is also great). DuPont is full of waterfalls and is set up with numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Three of the falls in the forest were used in The Last of the Mohicans movie. There are plenty of campgrounds nearby. It’s about 10 miles from the SC state line.

Submitted by Jim
Great new National Park in Vermont and many dog friendly trails around Woodstock, VT.

Submitted by Michelle
This is Sully and Scout on top Little Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park