Miller Orchard is a large commercial and residential community south of the downtown area in Iowa City, Iowa. The neighborhood has several different subdivisions with suburban communities and homes, but it also has major highways that run past small businesses, chain restaurants, markets, and hardware stores, making it a heavily-traversed part of Iowa City. The borders of the neighborhood are defined by Glenwood Drive to the north, Ruppert Road to the south, Hawk Ridge road to the west, and the Iowa River to the east.
Iowa City experiences the typical weather of the American Midwest, except its location to the north makes its summers mild and winters ideal. The temperatures fluctuate readily between the high teens and the mid-80s, depending on the season. If you decide to walk your dog on one of the colder days of the year, make sure you take the proper precautions to keep both of you warm.
Though Iowa is typically stereotyped as a flat part of the country, Miller Orchard has plenty of hills, especially in its eastern corridors. Some of the main drags and main residential roads are quite flat, but on the eastern end of roads like Benton Street, there are inclines that are moderately steep and continue for a long time.
Miller Orchard is one of the areas in Iowa City with the most traffic, but only because of its multiple commercial streets where cars frequently come and go at different hours of the day. The streets that are lined with businesses and restaurants are almost always covered up in vehicles and foot traffic and they are also highways with high-speed limits and fast drivers, so it is best to stick to the quieter, more residential areas of the neighborhood when walking your dog. Exercise caution no matter where you go in this area.
Benton Hill Park is the only park or greenway within the boundaries of Miller Orchard, but there are also several options in the surrounding area. Benton Hill Park is 3.5 acres in size and it has walk-run trail routes, nature-focused areas, a playground, a shelter, and an open green space. It is the best dog walking spot in the Miller Orchard area, even though it isn’t very large.
Directly adjacent to the southeastern boundary of Miller Orchard is Sturgis Ferry Park which sits right at the edge of the Iowa River. The park is massive 38 acres and it has picnic tables as well as a boat ramp for people who want to go out onto the river. Its large size and amount of green space make it a great option for dog walking and it is within a short walking distance of anywhere in the Miller Orchard area.