Johnston is a city on the grow, almost doubling its population from 2000 to 2010. All those advancements come with perks for people, and their best friends. To start with, Johnston has three separate vets operating just within the city limits, and more in neighboring Des Moines.
If you’re looking for a cozy place to curl up like a pup in a rug, Johnston has several hotels that allow pets. Stoney Creek Inn allows small dogs for a pet fee. If your pooch is more on the big side, AmericInn Johnston and TownPlace Suites by Marriott allow big dogs--and 2+, if you’re traveling with a big family!
Once you’re well rested and ready to face the day, look no further than Walnut Ridge Recreation Area. This space has a few features humans love, from restrooms to frisbee golf, but the real gem for dogs is their miles of hiking trails. There are a variety of trails through Walnut Ridge Recreation Area, most moderate difficult with some hills. You can stick to a short walk or opt for a longer trail if your dog can really cover the miles. Either way, there’s plenty to see at Walnut Ridge, and more through Johnston itself.
Dog and family friendly, the Beaver Pines neighborhood is centrally located and close to shopping. Neighbors will often be found socializing at the end of their driveway while taking their pup out for a quick potty break. At the north end of the neighborhood, puppy parents are raving about the beautiful and peaceful Dewey Park. There is a wide-open space where Fido can run and romp, as well as 2 different playgrounds for your two-legged children. You can even plan a picnic and BBQ some hot dogs to enjoy an afternoon with the entire family and spend quality time with your pooch.
Well maintained yards and a family and pup friendly atmosphere make Adam Ridge one of the most popular neighborhoods in Johnston. Conveniently located not far from Johnston High School, it is easy to take Fido for a walk any time of the day or night. Providence Pointe Park is situated in the north part of the neighborhood, and offers plenty of space for your pup to run and play. Remember to bring her favorite toy for an energetic game of fetch in the field while the kids have fun on the playground. You will need to bring your own water bottles and poop bags to keep the park clean and fresh for all your puppy pals.
Situated just 5.3 miles west of Johnston, Grimes offers a friendly Midwestern atmosphere that welcomes pup owners and their family. This small hometown feeling brings the community together for all types of dog friendly events. Walking Fido through Grimes Community Complex Park will ensure he gets plenty of exercise and he will probably meet some of his puppy pals. Or you could visit the 4.8-acre Lions Park that features an open shelter and BBQ grills where you and your pup loving friends can socialize and the pooches can sniff each other and become best friends. Make sure to clean up after your pup and bring your own poop bags to dispose of waste. The larger Waterworks Park is also here, with shelters, picnic tables, and lots of open space.