Royal Oak, Michigan is a town with a rich history and culture, along with a bustling downtown area and a thriving tourist industry. As luck would have it, it's also home to a wide range of dog-friendly spaces and activities.
Royal Oak itself is home to several dog parks. Wagner Park Dog Run is a large open field (not fenced, though off-leash exercise is still allowed) surrounded by a wooded area. In Cummingston Park, there's also a designated off-leash area. Also in Royal Oak is the Quickstad Park Off Leash Dog Area, a sixty-year-old park that is open from 6 am to 8 pm daily. Another decades-old park is the Mark Twain Park, which features a gated-key access dog park, open to members who have paid the annual fee and provided proof of vaccination.
Rosie's Park is another great Royal Oak attraction, featuring scenic trails through almost 30 acres of forest and field (and, of course, complimentary doggie bags). Or why not try the Red Oaks Nature Center? These paved forest paths are peaceful and quiet, perfect for a gentle stroll with Fido. Locals love the glimpses of wildlife, including deer, fox, and birds, and the well-kept amenities on the trail.
If your dog is itching to run free, head over to the Mark Twain Dog Park in the 14 Mile Road and Rochester Road neighborhood. This park is perfect for a game of fetch or just sniffing around. Your canine companion can explore the terrain while meeting new friends. There is a separate area for smaller dogs, so if you’ve got a short legged pup, she can also enjoy a stress free trip to the park. Patrons must be members, so stop at the City Clerk’s Office and fill out an application before taking a trip to the park. You’ll get an electronic key that will give your dog access to hours of tail waggin’ fun.
Pups living in the Rochester Road and 13 Mile Road neighborhood can get their daily dose of exercise at Wagner Park. Not only does this park have picnic areas and a playground for the two legged members of the family, it also has an off leash dog run for the furry friends of the household. Throw the leash off and let your canine friend expend his extra energy. Play a game of fetch or just let him explore the wooded area. Keep your eye on him though; this dog run is not fenced. Red Run Park is also nearby. If you head over there, be sure to put the leash back on your pup.
If you’re in the Normandy Road and Main Street neighborhood, stop by Quickstad Park for an afternoon walk with your furry friend. Follow the network of trails through a forest of trees. It’s a perfect place to spend some quality time with your dog. At one end of the park there is an off leash dog run. This open area gives your pup a chance to escape the leash and run free. Keep in mind the dog run is not fenced, so make sure your furry friend doesn’t wander off. Just across the street is Worden Park. It’s got plenty of green space for your dog to enjoy. Head over for a fetching good time!
Leaving town? Be sure to make a reservation for your pup at All American Pet Resort in the 14 Mile Road and Crooks Road neighborhood. You’re fur baby will feel right at home in his cozy suite. He’ll also enjoy several frequent walks during the day by one of the friendly staff. There is a decadent treat menu serving up canine confections such as gravy and rice, Kong with a treat, and peanut butter cookie sandwich. Sounds pawsitively delicious! If you’re looking for a place to let your pooch go wild, check out Cummingston Park. This 25 acre wooded park has a designated off leash dog run. It’s not fenced, so make sure to keep your eye on him.