Take a drive just east of Topeka and discover the quaint town of Tecumseh! About two miles from the state capital, Tecumseh is a rural community where residents enjoy small town charm and a neighborly atmosphere, with all the conveniences of a big city a couple miles away. Although Topeka has lots of furrific amenities to offer, Tecumseh has a couple of its own, including a veterinary clinic to help your pooch stay happy and healthy!
The Tecumseh Park Shelter is another fur-iendly area in the community! This pawpular destination for social gatherings is a great spot for a short stroll with your leashed pup. You and Fido can stretch your legs in the grass around this big, beautiful picnic pavilion and check out all the sights and sounds around the mature trees. Pack a picnic and take advantage of the covered tables and barbecue grill!
For a longer walk, head into Topeka! After just a three mile drive from Tecumseh, you and your leashed pooch can find yourselves on the woofderful Deer Creek Trail. This paved two-mile multiuse trail winds through an industrial area and a wooded area along the trail’s namesake creek on Topeka’s east side.
With pawsome parks, trails and amenities in and around town, it’s easy to see why tails are always wagging in Tecumseh!
Leash your pup and check out Topeka’s Eastend neighborhood, about three miles from Tecumseh! Situated in a quiet residential area, this neighborhood’s Rice Park is a woofderful place to visit with your furry friend, especially if you’re a disc golfer! Home to a nine-hole course, this community park is a pawpular spot for the sport. There’s also open grass lined with trees and shrubs where you and Fido can chill out, plus an open air shelter with picnic tables. If you and Fido are craving a little more exercise, hop on the stretch of the paved two-mile Deer Creek Trail that meanders through this neighborhood.
Visit one of Topeka’s most pawpular areas for dog walking in the East Topeka North neighborhood! About three miles from Tecumseh, you and your leashed pup have multiple parks and trails to explore in this area! Eastborough Park is a furrific place to start! This large, wooded park has plenty of space for you and your pooch to stroll. There’s also open grassy areas that are perfect for playtime, training or sunny picnics. Along the park’s east side, you and Fido can join up with a portion of the two-mile Deer Creek Trail. As the trail heads north in this neighborhood, it joins with the 7.6-mile Shunga Trail that winds on both sides of Shunganunga Creek. If you and Fido follow the trail on the north side of the creek, you’ll discover another furrific neighborhood green space, Ripley Park!
Pawsome fun awaits you and your furry pal in Topeka’s Oakland neighborhood, about four miles from Tecumseh! The Oakland neighborhood is known for its pleasant green spaces, particularly Oakland-Billard Park! Nestled near the banks of the Kansas River, this large community park has a woofderful walking path around the perimeter and through a pleasant wooded area. Follow the pathway out of the southwest corner and you’ll find yourself strolling to the nearby Santa Fe Park! You and your leashed dog will love taking a lap around this beautiful park and playing in the open grassy area. There are trees and woofderful views of the Kansas River. This neighborhood is also home to Oakland Park.
Get ready to hit the trail with your leashed pup in Topeka’s Highland Acres NIA neighborhood! About five miles from Tecumseh, this area is home to the unique Dornwood Nature Trail. This seven-mile pathway makes several loops through stands of lush hardwoods and past the ruins of a former stone dairy. The beautiful buildings are an interesting feature to check out on your walk with Fido! On your jaunt, you’ll also wander past Deer Creek and through grassy prairies. Finish you walk with a trip to Dornwood Park, where you and your pooch can enjoy a picnic and kiddos can romp on the playground. Dornwood Park also has restrooms.
You and Fido will have a blast exploring the East Topeka neighborhood, just five miles from Tecumseh! The area’s Freedom Valley Park has a .75-mile paved nature trail where you and your leashed pup can get some exercise together. The path winds around the park and near a quiet pond and wooded area. A few blocks to the north, you and Fido can also check out the Samuel Jackson Park! This woofderful community green space has a looped walking path, tons of shady trees and grass where you and your pup can romp and roam. This pleasant park has picnic tables with barbecue grills near the playground and benches dispersed beneath the beautiful trees. This neighborhood is also home to a section of the Shunga Trail.