Pet friendly travel - Alabama - Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

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One of the earliest clashes between the U.S. government and the Native Americans took place here in March 1814. The leaders in this battle were Menawa, an Upper Creek chief and Andrew Jackson, commander of the American forces and a future president.

There is a small museum in the visitor center that shows weapons, documents and a diorama. The three-mile drive through the battlefield where Jackson fired 50 cannon rounds at the Creek barricade. Another point of interest is the mound where the Creek medicine men performed their pre-battle dance to protect the Creek warriors from the army's weapons.

There is a picnic area near the river, a boat launching ramp and miles of walking trails. The site is open daily except major winter holidays.

What to know before you go

Pets in the park - Dogs are welcome in Horseshoe Bend NMP as long as their companions keep them leashed with no more than six feet of leash extended at any time. Dogs must also be under their human companions physical restraint at all times. Dog companions should be mindful of where their canine “stops” – please remove any solid waste your dog may deposit on park grounds. The park is for everyone’s enjoyment, including the wildlife so keep an eye out for possible animal to animal interactions. Service animals, such as guide dogs, are allowed in the Visitor Center.


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