Located 7 miles south of Peoria is Marysville, home to the aptly-named Bark Park. Don’t let the name fool you; this popular dog park has a lot to offer! Bark Park spans 4 acres of land, so your pooch will have plenty of room to run around and play with his pawesome new friends. There are two separate areas of the park; one is for active dogs, while the other is for dogs who are more reserved. This park offers plenty of seating for dog parents, and there’s even a drinking fountain and wash station to clean up your pup if he gets too messy! This is an off-leash dog park.
About 40 minutes southwest of Peoria is Urbana, and if you and your pup don’t mind the ride, head on over and check out Fido’s Field. This off-leash dog park, situated on nearly two-and-a-half acres, has a lot of room for your dog to burn off some of his pent-up energy. This dog park has two sections: one for larger dogs and another for small dogs. There’s plenty of seating for dog owners, and the park even has supplies to help you clean up after your pooch.
Located forty minutes northwest of Peoria is Marion, where you’ll find Kaufman Dog Park. Kaufman Dog Park is located within Kennedy Park. This spacious bark park has plenty of room for your dog to run around, and it also has plenty of shady seating for you; it’s a win-win! This park also supplies water for your pooch, so you can make sure he’s staying hydrated while getting in his daily exercise. There’s a separate section for smaller dogs. This is an off-leash dog park, but you’ll need a leash if you want to explore the rest of Kennedy Park.
About 30 minutes from Peoria is Companion Club Dog Park in Delaware, and while you have to be a member to use this park, there are a ton of perks! This dog park spans 12 acres, and the entire park is fenced-in so that your dog can safely run around off his leash. Companion Club Dog Park has agility equipment and even a swimming pond for more adventurous dogs; if your pet is more reserved, there are trails to enjoy a nice walk on. Once your dog is finished having fun – if he ever is – head over to the doggy washing station to get him nice and clean.
If you travel about 40 miles east of Peoria, you’ll end up in Delaware, Ohio, and if you and your dog enjoy nature, the journey will be worth it! Delaware is home to Gallant Woods Preserve, which is full of trails for you and your pooch to explore. With over 200 acres to explore, there’s no chance for either of you to get bored. Locals advise looking out for wildlife, as there’s plenty of critters running around. A leash is required for your dog to use the trails with you, and it’s your responsibility to clean up after your pet.