Lewis Center has been around since 1850, and in the years since it was founded, it has grown into a very dog-friendly community. The beautiful suburban town is home to seven dog-friendly parks, and it has one great off-leash dog park. There are also three highly-rated veterinary clinics in Lewis Center.
When your pup is itching for a walk, take them over to Shale Hollow Park. This park allows dogs on two of its trails: the Great Horned Owl Trail and the northern loop of the Overlook Trail. These trails wind through the park’s forests, and they go through peaceful meadows. Bring some doggy bags and water, and have a fun time hiking here.
For another pawesome hike, head to Blendon Woods Metro Park. This park is in Westerville, about 15 miles from Lewis Center, and it has seven trails. Most of these trails are easy and made of gravel. These trails will take you through wooded areas, past Ripple Creek and Thoreau Lake, and along beautiful meadows. You and your dog will have a great time exploring this park and all the other parks in and around Lewis Center!
This neighborhood is home to Lewis Center’s one off-leash dog park, Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park. This pawsitively amazing dog park has two separate areas. One area has two large, fenced-in fields -- one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Here, dogs can run around and play. The park’s other section is home to a fun beach where dogs can swim or splash in the water! If your dog gets thirsty while they’re playing, there are doggy water fountains available. Whether your dog wants to swim or play on dry land, they’re sure to love it here!
This Lewis Center neighborhood is home to the beautiful Highbanks Metro Park, where dogs are welcome on-leash. This huge, 1,200-acre park has 10 trails ranging from easy to difficult. On all of these trails, you’ll get stunning views of the park’s meadows and forests. Some of the trails also pass by steep ravines and along the Olentangy River. No matter what trail you choose, you’re sure to have a great time hiking here. If all that hiking makes you and your dog hungry, grab lunch at nearby Buffalo Wings & Rings. This restaurant is famous for their wings, which come with your choice of a wide variety of sauces. They also have tasty burgers, sandwiches, and quesadillas.
Harrison West has a woof-derful off-leash area called Wheeler Memorial Dog Park. This 1.5-acre dog park is about 19 miles from Lewis Center. It features separate large and small dog areas, and it has trees that keep the park shady and cool. There are also benches for owners to sit on while their dogs play, and there are water fountains for your pup. After your dog is finished playing, take them for a walk on-leash through Wheeler Memorial Park. This park has a paved, flat walking trail that goes through open fields. Your pup will love exploring this fun park!
Looking for another great off-leash dog area? Head over to the Dog Park at Godown Park. This 7-acre dog park is about 11 miles from Lewis Center, and it has separate small and large dog areas. These areas have rolling hills and grassy fields for your dog to play on, and there are trees that keep the park nice and shady. There are also water fountains available, and there’s a dog wash station. After the dog park, continue your fun day out with lunch at Donato’s Pizza. This pizza spot has three dog-friendly outdoor tables, and they serve tasty pizzas, over-baked subs, and salads.
Westerville’s Brooksedge Meadows neighborhood is home to the always fun Brooksedge Dog Park. This dog park is about nine miles from Lewis Center. It has separate sections for large and small dogs, and there are benches where owners can sit while their dogs play. There are also water fountains for dogs and doggy bags available. Your dog will love making new friends in this off-leash park. If you want to get lunch with your dog after the dog park, head over to City Barbeque. Here, you can enjoy tasty smoked meat dishes, including beef brisket, pulled chicken, and turkey breast. This delicious barbeque restaurant has eight dog-friendly outdoor tables.