As a very small unincorporated community in central Ohio, little Derby doesn’t have many dog-friendly amenities. Fear not, though: thankfully, Derby is nestled on the outskirts of the state capital of Columbus. And with over a dozen vet clinics in nearby London and Grove City (a mere thirty minutes away), Derby is a pawsitively perfect area for a country-loving pup!
Just eighteen miles north of Derby lies Berliner Sports Park in Columbus, OH. This busy sports park, home to the largest softball complex in the country, is the perfect place to bring your pet if you love sports or have children involved in recreation league. There are many fields open to the public as well as space for walking, picnicking, and playing with your pup!
If you’re not in the mood for a trip to Columbus, take a scenic half-hour drive over to the city of Hilliard to enjoy Spindler Road Dog Park. This spacious park is packed with trails, grassy areas, and water spigots for both humans and fur babies. Right beside the park lies Mudsock Trail, which connects to Frank’s Park and, later, Hilliard Municipal Park. So if you’re looking for a nice long trail walk with man’s best friend, Spindler Road is for you!
If you want to give your pup a special treat, head 30 minutes outside of Derby to Columbus and visit the Scioto Audubon Dog Park. This large, off-leash dog park has separate areas for big and small dogs and plenty of room to run around. There’s also several pieces of agility equipment for more adventurous dogs. Water fountains are provided for both you and Fido, and if you get tired of running around with your pooch, no problem; there’s plenty of shady seating so that you can take a break.
Located ten miles east of Derby is Grove City, and Grove City is home to Breck Community Park. While Breck Community Park might not technically be a dog park, there are four separate areas that are fenced in, designed specifically for off-leash play with your pup. Let your dog run around and burn off some of that pent-up energy, all while making some new four-legged fur-riends. Once you’re done in that section of the park, grab Fido’s leash and explore the rest of the park; your dog will thank you.
Located 20 minutes northeast of Derby is Galloway’s Batelle Darby Creek Park, which is sure to be fun for your dog. Every dog loves a walk, and Batelle Darby Creek Park has dog-friendly trails so that you and your four-legged friend can explore. Take in the local wildlife all while getting in daily exercise for you and Fido. While this park does have a small off-leash section, a leash is required to access most of the park. So grab your walking shoes, some water, and Fido’s leash; this walk is sure to be an adventure!
Downtown London, Ohio is located about thirty minutes northwest of Derby, and if you’re willing to make the drive, your pooch will be sure to thank you! Head to Cowling Park just off of Main Street; while this park does require a leash, your pet will have fun exploring all that the park has to offer. Downtown London also has an access point to the Prairie Grass Trail, which allows you and your pup to take in some beautiful views while getting in your daily walk. A leash is required on this trail, and it’s recommended you watch out for wildlife.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day with your fur-iend, head nine miles south of Derby to Mount Sterling, and visit Deer Creek State Park. This state park has various trails for you and Fido to explore; just make sure to bring a leash, as one is required. There are also certain sections of the park where you pooch can go for a swim in one of the ponds. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, bring along a tent and spend the night at the campground. Whatever you decide to do, you and Fido will have a ball!