Ledges State Park has some of the prettiest scenery in the area, with unique, shallow water crossings over the main road. There are several challenging trails as well as a very accessible one. This is a perfect place to go “creek stomping” with pets and/or kids – be sure to check the DNR website for flooding closings before you go. The main canyon road is currently closed, but read my summer blog post for where to park and walk up! There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Dewey Park is a large park with lots of play options, with a big playset and a toddler playset. The entire park is surrounded by a paved walking trail, with soccer fields and open space in the middle.
Doanes Park is a large park with lots of sports and playset options. There is a unique, metal climbing globe up by the baseball fields and then two playground options down by a more wooded area, with a short hiking trail.
Copper Creek Lake Park is a large park with lots of different trees and plants, a large pond, playground, and trail access. A paved path goes around the lake and there are short, kid-friendly grass nature trails behind the playground. Great place to find geese!