Sitting in the southern part of Columbus is the beautiful Greater Hilltop neighborhood. This gorgeous neighborhood is packed with parks! Unfortunately, none of them are dog parks, but there’s still a ton of fun to be had here. The most notable of the area’s parks is the Derby Hill Big Run Park. Fido will have a pawesome time here thanks to the variety of terrain, which includes wooded areas, wetlands, and grassy fields. This 240-acre park also features hiking trails, a playground, a nature preserve, and a woods and wildlife area. You and Fido can explore all areas of the park together, as long as he remains on leash. Remember to respect the park and clean up after your furry friend!
This neighborhood sits in the southwest corner of Columbus. It is just outside the city, which is perfect for those who wish to avoid the busy city life. There are two spectacular dog parks just outside of this neighborhood. Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park has miles of walking trails and includes a small off-leash area for your pet. Breck Community Park is the place for pooches who love having a social life. They have four fenced in, off leash areas for your dog to make plenty of furry friends. You can also take your fur baby out for dessert at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream for a free dog-bone sundae!
This little neighborhood is tucked away in the southwest corner of Columbus. With restaurants that have outdoor seating for you and your pooch, you are bound to find a place you both love to eat. There are also some exceptional dog parks surrounding Franklinton. A local favorite is Wheeler Memorial Park, an off-leash dog park, which is fully fenced with paths, benches, grass, hills, and trees. Also, you are sure to have a howling good time at Scioto Audubon Dog Park. This is a great place for Fido to roam and includes a separate small dog area, benches, agility areas, a digging sand pit, and drinking water. You can’t go wrong in a place like this!
This neighborhood is in the southern tip of Columbus just before you get to Grove City. It’s a great neighborhood for dog owners who don’t want to live in the busy part of the city, but still want to have fun with their fur babies! First, you’ll want to visit the Lower Scioto Greenway. This is just one of over 1,600 rail-trails across the country. These former rail lines have been transformed into tranquil walking paths that leashed dogs can enjoy with their owners! If you’re craving an adventure in nature, look no further than Willow Creek Park. This park also has a dog park within it, which makes it pawfect for a day out with Fido! Other nearby dog parks include the Scioto Audobon Dog Park and Breck Community Park.
Southside a great place the non-city folk. There are plenty of yummy restaurants with outdoor seating for dogs like Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille or Brown Bag Deli. The best dog park here is within Walnut Woods Metro Park, which features a 3-acre large dog area (20 pounds and over) with a shady shelter and a separate fenced in pond. It also offers a 1-acre small dog area (under 20 pounds) with a shady shelter. There are also paved trails throughout the park where a leash is required. Don’t overlook this area when you’re on the hunt for a dog-friendly community.