Joe Wheeler State Park

Joe Wheeler's Dog Scent Trail

Event Dates:
August 28, 2021, 9:00 am
August 28, 2021, 8:00 pm
Joe Wheeler's Dog Scent Trail

Joe Wheeler's Dog Scent Trail

The nose is a prominent canine facial feature…long, short, black, pink. Noses vary, but they all have one thing in common, they are key to canine survival. The canine nose does more than smell the roses. While humans primarily depend on their vision, dogs use both sight and smell to assess their surroundings and communicate. People spend more time interpreting visual data than olfactory information. Dogs are just the opposite. Dogs devote lots of brain power to interpreting smells. They have more than 100 million sensory receptor sites in the nasal cavity as compared to 6 million in people, and the area of the canine brain devoted to analyzing odors is about 40 times larger than the comparable part of the human brain. In fact, it’s been estimated that dogs can smell anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 times better than people.

What better gift to give man's best friend than a day outside hiking Joe Wheeler's Dog Scent Trail! There are so many wonderful stories written in scents; take a moment to develop your sense of smell and let your friend read a wonderful story of scents on the trail!

Seven different scent spots will be set up throughout the trail consisting of different species' scents. Read the clues and see if you can figure out which species it could be! 

Where: Champion Trail (1-mile)

When: All day (9:00 am - 8:00 pm)

For more information about the event, email: Samuel.Woodroof@dcnr.alabama.gov