Traveling with friends is said to be an incredible experience, especially if they have four legs and a tail. On your next trip to Mt. Pleasant bring your furry friend along and check out these dog-friendly hot spots, sure to get tails wagging.

County Parks

Deerfield Nature Park and Meridian Park offer miles of hiking trails, taking you along the Chippewa River.

Chippewa Watershed Conservancy Preserves

All Chippewa Watershed Conservancy Preserves are FREE to explore; we recommend hiking to the tallest point in Isabella County at Bundy Hill Preserve.

City Parks

Trails, trails and more trails! Below are our local four-legged friends’ favorite city parks:

  • Mission Creek Woodland Park: There are beautiful trails that surround the dog park; at the park, you’ll find pet waste bag dispensers, bathrooms and a pavilion.
  • Mill Pond Park: Mill Pond Park offers a large loop of interconnecting trails. The trails are paved which makes this park accessible on even the rainiest of days. 
  • Chipp-A-Waters Park: Enjoy the natural beauty on the trails along the Chippewa River or plan a picnic in its green space.
  • GKB Riverwalk/Access Trail: Experience five city parks in one trip with the GKB Riverwalk/Access Trail; this nearly two-mile-long trail connects Chipp-A-Waters Park to Island Park in Downtown Mt. Pleasant, with the Chippewa River as your guide.

Chippewa River Trip

Meet the Chippewa River, also known as the jewel of Central Michigan. The mighty Chipp’ makes for the perfect leisurely river trip with fur-ever friends. 

Dine on the patio

Both you and your pet can enjoy a delicious meal and the beautiful outdoors at one of Mt. Pleasant’s many patios. Downtown suggestions include Max & Emily’s Eatery and Ponder Coffee Company, or visit Hunter’s Ale House to enjoy handcrafted brews on the hop-growing patio.

Dessert Date

Doozie’s Ice Cream Place, open April through October, offers a free “doggie dish” of vanilla ice cream for your pooch. Check out our list of the best ice cream spots in Mt. Pleasant, here.

Dog Park

Hannah’s Bark Park is a beautiful, well-kept dog park near Mission Woodland Creek Park, just north of Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Perfect for both large and small dogs, the park offers two fenced-in areas, one for large dogs and the other for small.

A weekly pass is available to visitors through the City of Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation. What’s needed: proof of Rabies shot, application and a $5 fee. Please call the City of Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation (989) 779-5331 or visit

Pet-friendly Lodging

If you plan to stay the night in Mt. Pleasant, check out our lodging partners that welcome pets; Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel, Fairfield Inn, Super 8 and the Chippewa Motel.

When visiting our community, be sure to snap a photo of your fur-friend fun and use #meetmtp to help us share the Mt. Pleasant experience! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest in Mt. Pleasant!

Featured photo provided by Instagrammer @mary_primak, taken at Meridian Park.

Dine on the Patio photo provided by @shelly_bartosek

Doozie’s photo provided by Instagrammer @reytheotherjedi