5 Local Places to Walk Your Dog

As avid dog-lovers, the kinds of holidays that involve our furry friends are some of our favorite holidays to celebrate here at the Visitors Bureau – such as Walking the Dog Day! We like to think that dogs are actually the ones responsible for this holiday in an effort to get their humans off their couches and on the other end of a leash, but who knows. Its true origin remains a mystery, but we’ll take any excuse to get our fur babies outside and get some fresh air.

We happen to have some great, local spots we’re sure you and your four-legged friend will enjoy (as long as they’re leashed, of course!):

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Take your dog along the very grounds Abraham Lincoln walked as a boy and wander trails where you’ll encounter replicas of pioneer cabins, the gravesite of Lincoln’s mother, and more.

Lincoln State Park

A rural paradise, you’ll love the scenic views along the trails here. Enjoy six different trails varying from 1.5 miles to 3.7 miles long, and two beautiful lakes.

Jim Yellig Park

Named after a legendary and jolly man who helped shape the town of Santa Claus, Jim Yellig Park is a cute, local recreational park. There are convenient walking paths throughout the park to mosey along.

Ohio River Scenic Byway

Along the mighty Ohio River in Spencer County, you’ll find various stops to meet your dog-walking desires, including Lincoln Ferry Park and the stunning Rockport Bluff.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Saunter around the serene, breathtaking grounds of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Pooches need a little peace, too!

So grab your tennis shoes, your fur baby, and get going!

Don’t forget to snap photos on your dog-walking adventures in these spots and tag us on social media! We’re a little dog-crazy here, if you couldn’t tell…

This blog post has been updated from February 2017.

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