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Dog Areas in Columbus, OH

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Because of its diverse economy and rich culture, Columbus is a top destination for both visitors and people looking to move to a new city. Columbus offers a variety of business opportunities to enterprising individuals, though its recreational options are attractive to both humans and their pets as well.

Battelle Darby Creek is a 7,000 acre park that follows both the Big and Little Darby Creeks. Trails wind through forest, prairies, and wetlands and are classified by difficulty. Dogs are allowed on many of the trails, which means that your four-legged companion is welcome to join you as you take in the scenery.

The Cross Creek Camping Resort, which lies just north of Columbus, is a must-see for families who enjoy spending time outdoors. Dogs are allowed on the campgrounds, and the resort even offers a fenced-in run where dogs can play, though the walking trail offers plenty of opportunities for exercise, too.

If you would rather spend some quiet quality time with your pup, drop by a dog-friendly restaurant for a bite to eat. The Brown Bag Deli welcomes dogs on their patio, and the Northstar Café is happy to put out a water bowl for canine guests. Dogs in Columbus are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where to spend their days.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Columbus, OH

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    Population Density 4,760/sq mi

    #1 Clintonville

    One of the prettiest places in Columbus to spend quality time with your dog lies in Clintonville. Whetstone Park is a beautiful garden with walking trails that are open to dogs as long as they are leashed. Snouts and noses can stop and sniff the flowers all through this famous park, also known as the Columbus Park of Roses. This site makes for a great night walk, as the walkways through the park are lighted. Your dog will be overwhelmed with all of the fun that can be found at Whetstone, with a creek to swim in and trees as far as the eyes can see.
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    Population Density 2,060/sq mi

    #2 Downtown Columbus

    If your are in Downtown Columbus, you are surrounded by dog-friendly fun! The Interstate-670 Bikeway is a great trail with easy-to-access parking where you can bring your fur-baby for a hike, run, or just a casual stroll. This trail is a part of the Rails to Trails conservation effort, so it also has an info map to keep you and Rover on track. If you'd like to spend some time in the pews, the Livingston United Methodist Church provides Doggy Sunday School. The church grounds turn into a pop-up dog park complete with trained supervision so you can enjoy a sermon knowing your dog is well taken care of. Repeat visitors get their very own doggy tag to add to their collars. The Franklin Park Conservatory has paved trails where you can bring your pup for an easy walk. Downtown Columbus has tons of great options for dog themed activities.
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    Population Density 10,414/sq mi

    #3 German Village

    German Village is a neighborhood in Columbus with some great activities for you to partake in with your dog. The Scioto Audubon Dog Park has something for hounds of all sizes, with a designated agility area and a special section for small dogs only. The park is nice and big with lots of grass for pups to run around in. They have a watering station on site so you can keep your dog hydrated through all of the excitement. Benches are scattered through the park so that two-legged visitors can relax while the four-legged ones play. The Lower Scioto Greenway offers some on-leash fun for both pups and owners. This trail is run by Rails to Trails, which means it comes with great parking and an informative map for easy use! Either option will make for a barktastic day with your doggy pal.
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    Population Density 8,620/sq mi

    #4 Short North

    Dogs in Short North have not one, but two awesome dog parks to choose from! Wheeler Memorial Dog Park is fully fenced and filled with grassy hills. Your pooch can run wild through the trees at this park, but beware if it rains, as you will have one muddy woofer on your hands! Goodale Park is made up of a main area where leashes are needed and a fenced in section just for dogs. This double gated portion of the park is the perfect place to bring your pup to burn off some energy and make some doggy pals.
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    Population Density 3,430/sq mi

    #5 Upper Arlington

    If you're in Upper Arlington, you may be right around the corner from one of two wooftastic parks! Northam Park is a lovely green spot in the middle of the neighborhood where you and your pup are welcome to roam as long as leashes are involved. This area is frequented by local dog lovers, so you may just make some friends while you're there! Fancyburg Park offers over 25 acres of quiet grounds, perfect for leashed walks. Dogs can run free after 8:00 pm, so head there at sundown if Fido needs to burn some steam. There are often dog training classes being run out of Fancyburg if your pup is looking to advance his education. After a visit to either of these lush, green parks your dog is sure to thank you.
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