West Bloomfield has changed quite a bit since it was founded in 1833 as a small farming community. With more shopping and restaurants than you could ever experience in a day, plus amenities that focus on active lifestyles, it’s no wonder why the city is regarded as such a prosperous community.
West Bloomfield’s only off-leash area, Karner Farm, requires pet owners to complete a registration process and pay a modest fee for an annual permit. With almost 4 acres of pawsome fenced-in space for dogs to play, it’s absolutely worth it! There are separate areas for smaller dogs and pups, and/or people with physical limitations.
If you’re just visiting West Bloomfield with your dog, there are still plenty of puptastic activities. Bloomer Park is a favorite among locals for its picnic areas, shoreline access for fishing in Middle Straits Lake, and .3-mile nature trail.
In the event your pet needs medical attention, or just a yearly checkup, West Bloomfield has five veterinary clinics to serve its furry friends.
For eats, check out the Stage Deli which serves up mouthwatering overstuffed sandwiches, yummy soups, smoked salmon and more, all in an upscale atmosphere. Perhaps the best part of all? Your dog is welcome to join you while you dine on their stylish outdoor patio in warmer months.
Trail dogs and their owners love this neighborhood in the northeast part of West Bloomfield. The neighborhood’s Sylvan Manor Park is one of many access points to the popular 6.8-mile West Bloomfield Trail and also the south trailhead of the beautiful 16-mile Clinton River Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome year-round to a tail-waggin’ adventure on both. The Clinton River Trail runs along the Clinton River and has lots of fun bridge crossings that will give you and Fido a bird’s eye view of the water. You and your pup will see a cross-section of Oakland County as the trail winds through a myriad of settings from wetlands and quiet nature, to residential to industrial. Stay on the trail long enough, and you’ll end up a few towns over in Rochester to see a few historic downtowns along the way. If you decide to head back to Sylvan Manor Park, there are picnic tables and a lovely grassy area to lounge during the dog days of summer. Remember to bring cleanup bags, a leash and drinking water.
If scenic exercise is what you and your pup seek, look no further than the small town of Orchard Lake Village. Almost completely surrounded by West Bloomfield, this small village is full of beautiful homes that are intersected by the 6.8-mile West Bloomfield Trail. While there are many trail access points, a picturesque place to start a pawsome adventure is where the path meanders between Orchard Lake and Pine Lake. Park at the gravel lot on Seminary Drive near Orchard Lake Road and take a stroll with your leashed pooch on this well-kept path. Don’t be surprised if you and Fido encounter wildlife along the way. There are a few cleanup baggie stations on the trail.