Maple Grove was named the second best place to live in 2014 by Money Magazine, and acts as a suburb community for the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The city serves as the cultural, medical, and retail center of the northwest region, and hosts the area's largest shopping center. Not only that, but Maple Grove is home to a lot of residents and their pups, and provides plenty of care to its pawsome fur residents with 6 veterinarians, and lots of dog-friendly parks, and trails.
The Elm Creek Reserve Dog Park is a popular destination for residents, thanks to the expansive 29-acre area that's completely fenced in for off-leash pups. The area boasts a pond, varying trails, and a separate small dog area with a half forest, half prairie terrain. The park has all amenities, including parking lot lights, clean-up stations, benches, dog-sized water fountains, and trash bins. Owners will need a permit before entering the park.
The Elm Creek Park Reserve is another park that provides residents a natural area to get away from the bustling suburban lifestyle. The area is over 4,900 acres, and features miles of hiking and biking trails, a swimming pond, camping areas, trash bins, water fountains, and a nature center. Dogs are welcome at the park while on a leash, and owners must pay a small fee to get into the park.
Whether taking a stroll through the city, enjoying the serene wildlife, or just spending some time with your pooch, Maple Grove will help you and Fido get the exercise he needs!
Fish Lake is a neighborhood named after a lake of the same name, and provides lots of fishing, boating, and camping activities around the area. Most of these are dog-friendly, and even includes access to the Fish Lake Regional Park Dog Park, a designated off-leash dog park for Fido. Humans must buy a seasonal pass to get into the park, but then can enjoy a 6.7-acre area, with a separate area for smaller dogs, restroom access, human and dog-sized water fountains, and a beautiful area with open fields, forests, and nature trails to explore. Additional features include clean-up stations, benches, picnic tables, and fire hydrants.
The neighborhood of Boundary Creek is named after the actual Boundary Creek, a creek that connects three ponds that surround Boundary Creek Park. The park is over 120 acres, and offers fishing spots, natural beaches, concrete and dirt trails, open areas, and recreational ballfields. Dogs are welcome in the park while on a leash, and are allowed on the dock, on the ballfields, and the swimming areas. The park can get pretty crowded, so for a quieter activity, head over to Maple Valley Trails to enjoy some one-on-one time with Fido. The trail system connects multiple trails that are about a mile and a half long, each one with a trailhead that offers a parking area with trash bins, and open space on the sides of the trails. Dogs are welcome to the trails while on a leash.