Sunday, June 10, 2018
A wonderful dog-friendly state park that offers nature, recreation, history, delicious baked goods, and so much more. I first found out about this park from a local event listing on Facebook. I wish they had broader advertising because this park really is spectacular. The nature buff is just as happy as the history buff here. Allaire village in the park is phenomenal. It's an old village that is operated by volunteers who do demonstrations of the functions of each respective building. There is a blacksmith building, an enameling building (that turns into a Christmas shoppe in the winter), a bakery, a general store, and so many more! And yes, the volunteers often wear period costumes. They host many entertainment events throughout the year from civil war events to Edgar Allen Poe readings. The park and trails are dog friendly which is a huge bonus! The dogs are allowed all over the park, just not inside the buildings. If you want to explore the buildings, and have your dogs with you, make sure you have another person with you to hold the dogs outside. Also the southern trails are apparently good for mountain biking. My husband enjoys mountain biking here while I walk around the village eating my baked goods.