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  • Writer's pictureDanielle St. Louis

Governor Nelson State Park

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Let it snow! For a moment, we were worried we'd have to reschedule our visit to Governor Nelson State Park, but we braved the weather and had a great time in our very own winter wonderland! By the tracks in the snow, we could tell we weren't the first ones out in the park today, but we didn't see another person or dog the whole time we were there.

A snowy trail at Governor Nelson State Park

Date of Visit: December 4

Trails Hiked: Morningside Trail*

*I mapped it on MapMyRide, but there was something amiss. It only tracked half.

Best for Breeds: S, M, L, XL

Dog FItness Level: couch potato to weekend warrior (if it's in the snow)

Human Fitness Level: couch potato to weekend warrior (if it's in the snow)

Water Availability: No water fountains at the Olbrich Picnic & Play Area

Bathrooms for Humans: None at the Olbrich Picnic & Play Area

Trashcans for Dog Waste: There were two giant dumpsters by the Olbrich Picnic & Play Area

What We Liked: The second half of the Morningside Trail, heading towards the dog beach, was more forested. With the freshly fallen (and still falling snow), this section of the trail felt especially magical. The trail took us by the pet swim area, which is another plus for this park. We'll definitely come back this summer for a swim.

What We Were Kind of Bummed Out By: The weather ultimately determined where we were able to go in the park. With the first snowfall of the year covering the trails, we were restricted to the Morningside trail (only trail where pets are allowed when the trails are snow covered). However, I think this would be a great trail for working on skijoring with Lucky!

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