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Creston is a city and the county seat of Union County located in southwest Iowa, 100 miles southeast of Omaha and 75 miles southwest of Des Moines. The city, set among beautiful rolling hillsides, is one of the nicest places to visit on vacation, offering a variety of outdoor activities paired with cultural and historical experiences. Almost all the dog parks are concentrated around Des Moines -- the same goes for pet-friendly cafes and shops. You will have to travel to find a cool place to hang out with Iowa’s locals and their dogs; however, if you need some medical help, two veterinary clinics in Creston are always at your service.
Green Valley State Park is an extensive recreation area in the north Creston, offering an opportunity to enjoy a leashed stroll down the prairies and in the woods along the walking trails. This is not a dog park, and your mutt should stay on-leash at all times.
Want some off-leash fun? Get ready to travel! You can enjoy the multitude of dog parks available in Des Moines. Don't want to head into the big city? Drive to Atlantic, Iowa instead, where you'll find Buck Creek Dog Park! This is a fully fenced, pet-friendly facility with benches and plenty of grass to run off-leash and make friends.
Raccoon River Park isn't just a local favorite in West Des Moines -- visitors pawsitively love this place too! This large green area is located in the heart of town, offering multiple fields for sports and outdoor activities. Nestled by the Raccoon River, the park has access to the water and features numerous lakes, a swimming beach, and everything you may need for a good fishing trip! Raccoon River Dog Park is a wonderful extension to the main park where your buddy is welcome to run off-leash, enjoying all 12 acres of freedom. The dog park is split into two sections for the comfort of small and large pups and requires a permit to visit.
Anita is a small city in Cass County, Iowa, located northwest of Creston and west of Des Moines. The city is located near a huge recreation facility centered on the lake and a great retreat for tired travelers! Lake Anita State Park is a modern campground with nature trails centered on a 171-acre lake. This is the best spot for fishing in the area! Your pooch is welcome to join you as you hike and try to catch the biggest fish in the lake; however, Fido should stay on-leash at all times and behave himself. Bring your own drinking water and some toys for your boisterous buddy.
One of the biggest eastern neighborhoods in Des Moines, Bloomfield/Allen occupies a significant part of northeastern corner of the city, and includes several recreational areas, a lake, and quiet residential quarters. You will not be able to miss Ewing Park, an expansive green park with multiple sports fields. Ewing Dog Park is set just across the street! This beautiful fenced facility is the pawfect place to bring Fido for a decent off-leash run near the water and let him stretch his legs after a long ride! The place is usually not crowded, but there are enough visitors to play with. Bring your own drinking water, as none is available here.
The southern part of Windsor Heights is located near the busy I-235, which makes commuting and travelling a breeze. If you're driving along the interstate with Fido and need to make a pit stop, Colby Park is a great place to do it. This public park features Clive Greenbelt Trail, an 8-mile hike stretching from Clive to Windsor Heights. This pet-friendly path is paved and runs through the suburbs, making the scenery stand out! But if you want to let your buddy roam off-leash, Windsor Heights Dog Park, right across from Colby Park, is a cool spot to hang out with local mutts and burn some energy. The dog park is fenced and is free to use.
New Visions is one of the central neighborhoods in Des Moines, located north of downtown. Centered on DMACC Urban Campus, the borough features several public parks, shopping areas, and dining facilities, but no outdoor services. You will find Riverwalk Dog Park on the western bank of the Des Moines River, conveniently set between Illinois Street and West River Drive. This is a decent, free, and pet-friendly location with off-leash policies and plenty of room to let your buddy run and romp. This fenced park has some grass, agility equipment, and plenty of friendly locals, especially in the evening. The only downside is that the park lacks shade and water.
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