With a rich history of hospitality, dog lovers and nature lovers reside together in the charming city of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. The wide-open spaces — punctuated with Red Cedars and Ponderosa Trees — make for breathtaking views when hiking with Fido. Sand Spring hikers can explore the serene views of the Canyons at BlackJaw Ridge, or just take the dog for a stroll around the neighborhood. The lifestyle is calm here in Sand Springs, but there is still plenty to do with your pup in the "Mastiff" outdoors. Whether you're lacing up your boots on the idyllic hiking trails or just breathing in the crispy "Okie" air, you'll want to be outside in this city!
Sand Springs has grown in the last decade. As more people discovered the peaceful neighborhoods and alluring flow of the Arkansas River, the population has risen quickly. Seizing the "oppawtunity," pooch parents flocked to this part of Oklahoma, making this place super pet-friendly. Sand Springs offers eight reputable veterinarians and plenty of pet shops across the city. Despite the name, Sand Springs has a flourishing green area of 22 miles for dogs to roam across six official hiking trails. The only thing taller than the tree canopies are the beautiful stars above. That's what keeps tails waggin' in Sand Springs!
Does your dog hate traffic and crave the quiet? If the rural life suits you and your pup better than the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the spot for you. The cozy neighborhood of Angus Valley is a small suburb with more trees than people. Your dog will love walking along the trees, and of course, peeing on all of them! Angus Valley has a small park named after the neighborhood with a walking trail and track. Dogs must be on a leash during regular park hours, and you should bring your own supplies, including water and doggie waste bags.
Does your dog love splashing in the shallow water? Saddlerock is a haven for the waterdogs. The neighborhood begins below the Arkansas River and extends a few miles above the river's edge. Above the Arkansas River is the 6.3-mile Katy Trail. Along the trail, you can take in scenic views of neighborhoods and parks. Spurs off the trail will lead you to shopping districts. The trail follows an old corridor of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and has plenty of things for your Fido to sniff out. Bring a bowl for him as there are restrooms and water fountains every mile on the trail. For RV campers hitting the road, Saddlerock hosts the Riverview RV park, which welcomes pets for both vacation camping and long-term stays. Camping at the park gives you quick driving access to an 18-hole golf course, museums, and the Cain's Ballroom & Brady Theater. Dogs are more than welcome at the Riverview, but for some of the other attractions, you may need to hire a Wag! Walking sitter.
Does your dog think he's a gift to the Earth? For all the dogs that love being pampered with royal treatment, Prattwood is the definitely the neighborhood to live in Sand Springs. Home to a luxury groomer, walking trail, and park, dogs will have a pawsitively amazing time living lavishly in the Prattwood neighborhood. You and your dog can stroll along Clyde Boyd Trail or fetch tennis balls at Pratt Civitan Park. The park even has a splash pad that dogs can splash around in during the hot summer months. Depending on the time of year you visit, you and your pooch can check out the Herbal Affair & Festival, or just enjoy the leaves changing colors.
Is your pupperoni the happiest while he's chasing after water droplets? The large suburbs of Sand Springs North has the ultimate rotary splash pad where your dog can chase water until the cows come home! The splash pad is located in Case Park. If your dog isn't the biggest fan of water, you two can walk along the River City Trail, which connects to the Metro Trails system. The River City trail begins in Case Park, but be aware of how far you walk, or you could start trekking deep into Tulsa County!
Do you want to get your dog back in touch with his ancestral roots? The Keystone Ancient Forest might be the best place to let your dog find his wild side. Spanning over 1,200 acres, the forest is filled with 500-year-old oaks and cedar trees along rocky hills that make up this protected land. Dogs are allowed at the Nature Conservancy as long as they are leashed. Please be careful exploring here, as the terrain is a little rough and there are no amenities. For those looking for something a little less primitive, Charles Page also offers the Charles Page Triangle Park—a great place to relax and catch live music on the outdoor stage.