Doggy Destinations Around St. Croix Valley

by | Apr 2024

Shot of a mature couple and their dog out for a hike together


It’s time for the annual return to the outdoors! I know our pups will be grateful for it, so let’s give our companions the ultimate Valley experience.

Adventure in Hudson

Enjoy the natural bounty of Hudson, Wisconsin, at Willow Rivers State Park. You and your dog will get a workout walking the trails to the stunning Willow Falls or exploring the park’s fields, forests and beautiful Little Falls Lake. Enjoy a post-adventure snack at the patio at Urban Olive and Vine, where your pup can order a meal from a special Yappy Hour menu, which includes appetizers like Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs. Pro tip: Coordinate your excursion with Concerts in the Park at the Lakefront Park Bandshell, Thursdays starting in June.;;

Stillwater Stroll

In Stillwater, walk a portion of the St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail (4.7 miles), or go to the historic Boom Site for a dip in the St. Croix River. From there, dog-friendly patios and shops abound. Look for pup cups at Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop or Nelson’s Ice Cream and other treats at Lift Bridge Brewing and MADE Coffee at Lora Hotel.;;;;

Serenity on the St. Croix

Take your pup on a drive down 95 to visit William O’Brien State Park in Marine on St. Croix. Your dog will love the Riverside Trail (1.6 miles), which passes the St. Croix River, Lake Alice and mature pine stands. Then, settle in for a relaxing time with your pup at the patio at Rustic Roots Winery in Scandia. Trivia and bingo alternate on Tuesdays—a great time to enjoy warm days with friends (fluffy and otherwise).;


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