Favorite places: St. Cloud area
(in Minneapolis or St. Paul? Check out the Twin Cities favorite places page)

Quarry Park, Waite Park

• offers: a “floating” bridge, large grassy area, a variety of trees, old granite quarries with water, as well as chunks of granite, an old building, lots of walking paths through the woods – a great way to incorporate a ton of variety with a mild amount of walking

• perfect for a session in: spring, summer, fall and winter
* beware of mosquitos in spring-summer, they are big ones! 
** there is a $5 fee to park inside the park

St. John’s University, Collegeville

• offers: a short jaunt down 94 (approx 22 mins) drops us into the stunning area of St. John’s University and the Boardwalk Loop – this loop travels over an uneven floating boardwalk, into the trees then loops back towards the parking lot while passing over a pond with cattails and a solid boardwalk. If we backtrack a little, we’ll find the footbridge that passes over 94 and drops into a trail that weaves its way into the woods.

• perfect for a session in: spring, summer, fall and winter
* dogs are not allowed on the actual campus of St. Johns University

Downtown St. Cloud

• offers: St. Mary’s Cathedral, tons of doorways, brick walls, classic brick alleys, murals and tons more all within walking distance from where ever we park. Mix with a park for a variety of nature & urban images of your dog.

• perfect for a session in: spring, summer, fall and winter
* parking is free on weekends and weekdays after 6pm, though sometimes it can be a challenge to find a spot – I like the Paramount parking ramp best

Montissippi Regional Park, Monticello

• offers: a small jaunt from St. Cloud (approx 30 mins) and an equally small jaunt from Maple Grove (approx 30 mins) this location is a stunning halfway point featuring plantation planted pines (say that 3 times fast!), a paved walking path that meanders around the trees, a plethora of trees and grassy areas and a public water access on the river

• perfect for a session in: spring, summer, fall and winter
* there are tons of raspberry bushes (lots of thorns) and poison ivy in the pines, we will take extra caution in this area

Millstream Park, St. Joseph

• offers: close proximity to St. Cloud, a pair of scenic bridges, an adorable pond, a large grassy area as well trails through some lovely wooded areas

• perfect for a session in: spring, summer, fall & winter
* this is a disc golf park so we could encounter other people & flying discs

Bend in the River Park, Rice

** Who wants to be the first to have pictures done here? ***

• offers: a short drive from St. Cloud (approx 20 mins), this location is a favorite with its many outbuildings including an old white house, a large barn and some rusty tin sided sheds, a walking path that meanders along the Mississippi River, a lower path that drops to the river, and a large tall prairie grass area – a great way to have a ton of variety with a small amount of walking.

• perfect for a session in: spring, summer, fall and winter
* fall is the busiest time for this location, weekday sessions may give us more room and will be quieter