Galloway is a small community located 15 miles west of Columbus that's known for its astounding wildlife population and pristine natural habitats. This unincorporated neighborhood boasts both urban convenience and rural luxuries for local pooches, with three vets, one furrific nature preserve, and plenty of bark parks close by.
Galloway’s pride and joy is the Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park, a 7,000-acre nature preserve that gives local and visiting pups paw-lenty to do! The Darby Creek Greenway Trail is not something your leashed friend wants to miss. This 5-mile trail winds across the beautiful prairie landscape, through the covered forests, and by the bison pastures. The bison have been reintroduced to the park, once hunted to near extinction in the 1800s and dwindling the population to mere hundreds. After you pup gets his fill of barking at bovine, take him to check out the off-leash area where he can soak his worries away in the pond!
For a more social experience, zoom on over to the Breck Community Park, five miles southeast of Galloway. This brand new doggy play place is pawfect for puppies of any age, size, and activity level, with two enclosures that cater to the different needs of small and large dogs. The 4 acres of room for pups to fetch and play their hearts out earns this park 4 paws up from the local population!
Looking for refuge from the summer heat? Prairie Oaks Metro Park has your pup covered — in water that is! Located in West Jefferson, this public park is a puppy paw-idise offering plenty of (leashed) dog-friendly trails to explore, as well as an off-leash section for some free-range fun. The leash-free section is not fenced, so if you have an escape artist, you may want to keep him on his lead. This area has water access with a dock, where spirited guests can practice their dock-diving skills or just wade around! Go ahead and bring the whole pack, because everyone loves this park!
Local mutts go wild for the Heritage Trail Dog Park, located in the Hayden Run area of Hillard. The doggy splash pad is always a summer favorite for humans and their pups, with plenty of shaded seating for amused owners to comfortably watch the furry guests frolic about. Rather than the traditional small and large dog areas, two enclosures separate the “less active” and “more active” canines, so everyone can get the exercise they need safely. Hoses are available to water thirsty puppers and really come in handy when their toe beans get muddy! You will definitely want to bring a towel for this howlin’ good time!
Twenty-miles north of Galloway, located in Northwest Columbus, is the beautiful and well-maintained Godown Park. This snazzy bark park is a favorite meet-up spot for local dogs and humans, which encourages socialization for all species. Large pups can mingle in the 4.5-acre “big boy” area, while the smaller crowd enjoy their own 1-acre space for their social needs. Both enclosures are fully fenced and have secure double locking gates to prevent any guest attempts to make a break for it. Other amenities include doggy water fountains, rinse stations, and doggy doo bags — this park truly has everything a good boy (or girl!) could need!
Just a 20-minute drive west of Galloway is the beautiful 400-acre facility Three Creeks Metro Park. This park is jam-packed with fun for the whole family, offering multi-use trails, swimming access, kayaking, and fishing areas! Pups can carouse in the off-leash area, which is divided for small and large critters, or leash up and blaze one of the many trails! After working up a sweat, pets can go for a cooling dip in the small pond! Hundreds of species call this park home, so there are plenty of furry foreigners and fowl for your dog to bark his greetings to! Try as you mutt, you’re going to have a hard time persuading Fido to go back home!
Brooksedge Dog Park really cares about providing the best doggone experience they can for their fur guests, including having three dog areas which they rotate to ensure the grass stays green and plush. This park really has it all — there are furry favorites such as plenty of tennis balls and canine climbing equipment, as well as staples like waste bags, rinse stations, and doggie watering areas. Owners will be happy to know that parking is plentiful here, as are benches to watch their fur babies from. This adorable bark park is sure to be your pal’s new go-to spot!