Dog-friendly Dearborn Heights is part of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, located just 18 miles from the Motor City. It is considered a bedroom community for commuters to Detroit, and for students and educators at the University of Michigan at Dearborn. Dearborn Heights requires that dogs be leashed on any public property, including the more than 8 parks within the city limits, like the Nolar Bend Recreation Area in Hines Park.
Hines Park is a string of park segments, stretching over 20 miles and spanning several cities, including Dearborn Heights. A 15-mile dog-friendly, multi-use trail travels uninterrupted through all the segments. The segment in Dearborn Heights is called Nolar Bend, and it features 2 baseball/softball fields along with green expanses dotted with shade trees and a swath of woodlands separating the diamonds. The Middle Rouge River flows through the southern portion of Nolar Bend. In addition to the walking trail, there is a paved bike path along one side of Hines Drive. Whether you’re here to watch your favorite team play, or to get some exercise for yourself and Fido, this is an ideal spot for both. Woof-derful!
If your hunger pangs get the best of you, be sure to head over to Panera Bread for a snack or a whole meal. Their outdoor tables are perfect for sharing your meal with your fur-buddy.
Should your pal need medical attention while in Dearborn Heights, there are five qualified veterinarians and animal hospitals in the area just waiting to help get him wagging again.
The City Center in Dearborn Heights is home to the Lyle C. Van Houten Park, also known as the Dearborn Heights Municipal Park. This dog-friendly, family-oriented green space is a great place to take your furry bestie and the rest of the kids for a few hours of play in the outdoors. Fido must be on leash, but that won’t keep him from having fun, rolling around in the grass, or just chillin’ out on a blanket with you. The park features multiple playground areas, as well as sheltered dining areas complete with tables and chairs. Bring a picnic lunch and hang out in the shade or catch some rays on the lawn. This is a fun place within the city, for everyone!
A portion of the dog-friendly Lower Rouge Parkway, with its 5 popular hiking trails, resides in this neighborhood of Dearborn Heights. The trails feature scenic views of the area, including wetlands and a waterfall behind the Henry Ford Estate. The Waterfall Loop Trail meanders along the Rouge River and affords sightings of wildlife as well. The trails are open year-round, and in the winter offer a unique experience of snow-muffled city noise and frozen swampland. There is very little up- or down-grading on the paved trail, so you can have a nice, easy amble suitable for kids, too. Come out and explore all 5 trails with a leashed Fido in tow!
This neighborhood is home to the Parkland Community Park, a multi-use green space with sports fields and a playground for the human members of the family, plus lots of grassy lawn, paved walking paths and picnic shelters complete with grills and tables. Your furry best friend is welcome here, on leash, and would love to hang out with you while the family grills up some lunch or dinner, and plays frisbee and tag on the grass. Put down a blanket and relax in the sun for a bit, Fido at your side. Or amble along the paths at an easy pace with your bestie in tow. Sounds paw-tastic doesn’t it?
This neighborhood is home to the Helms Haven Recreation Area, another segment of the 20-mile long Hines Park, southeast of Nolar Bend. It features a small picnic shelter, some playing fields, a playground and uncovered picnic areas. But best of all, at least in Fido’s mind, are the paved trails and large green park areas made for romping and lolling. Helms Haven is a continuation of the Hines Park Trail which is popular with walkers, joggers, bicyclists and in-line skaters. Your pup would love to join you, on leash, as you explore this southern end of the park. No need to bring water, as you can find some, along with a restroom, at this recreation area.
Dearborn is Dearborn Heights’s next-door neighbor, and while there may not be many dog-friendly restaurants in the Heights, Dearborn has its share. In this neighborhood, there are 3, all offering a place at an outdoor table for your furry bestie. The Potbelly Sandwich Shop is the home of the deli nosh in Dearborn, featuring creative sandwiches, soups and salads, all served up in the New York deli style. Biggby Coffee offers pup cups to doggy-dates while their humans sip their coffee and perhaps nibble on a cookie or bagel. Ordering is done inside, so Fido will need to stay tied up outside while you go in to order your treats. A unique dining experience awaits at bd’s Mongolian Grill, where you and your fur pup can chow down on unlimited soup and salad alongside made-to-order stir fry with your choice of meats and veggies. Bone appetit!