Dog-Friendly Parks

Regular exercise is important for the mental and physical health of your pet (and you!)


Hiking is an excellent way for both you and your dog to get out and be active together. As we inch closer to warmer, spring weather, now is the time to Get Out And Enjoy Columbus! Cooler weather is a better time to explore with your dog because the chance of fleas and ticks is reduced.

Although there are many walking and hiking trails in the Columbus, Ohio area, not all of them permit dogs. There are, however, some really great places where you and your dog can go hiking together.

Here is a list of 5 dog-friendly parks around Columbus


1) Blendon Woods Metro Park

If you would like a shorter, less strenuous hike, then try Goldenrod Pet Trail at Blendon Woods. Blendon Woods is located northeast of Columbus off of Dublin-Granville Road near New Albany.

2) Alum Creek State Park

Alum Creek State Park is located just north of Columbus, Ohio in Delaware County and is easily accessible from I-71 as well as 270. Since most trails are multi-use, be sure to follow proper trail etiquette and maintain control of your dog at all times.

3) Char-Mar Ridge Preserve

Char-Mar Ridge Preserve is located just north of Westerville Ohio in Delaware County. It is part of the Preservation Parks Delaware County system. Char-Mar features Glacier Ridge Trail, a 1.66-mile hiking path that winds through a mature woodland setting.

4) Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Battelle Darby Creek is the largest park in the Metro Park system and includes over 7,000 acres. Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is located to the southwest of Columbus, off of Darby Creek Drive in Galloway. Wagtail trail is a 1.6-mile grass/dirt hiking trail that winds through prairies as well as through the woods.

5) Highbanks Metro Park

Highbanks Metro Park is located north of Columbus, Ohio off of Route 23. Coyote Run Trail is the park’s dog-friendly hiking trail, which is 3.5 miles in length and meanders through the woods as well as across open meadows and fields.

Remember, “a tired dog is a well-behaved dog.”  Now, Get Out And Enjoy Columbus!

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