The quaint community of Monroe, Oregon, is a small town about 80 miles from the coast. The town takes up just .5 square miles of land and is home to over 600 residents, many of which are dog-lovers. Monroe is a beautiful option for dogs and humans who love to be close to nature. Although the town itself has no veterinarian services, it remains unbeaten from its natural hikes to small, in-town adventures.
As such a small little town, what could Monroe have to offer in the way of dog activities, you ask? The number one choice is Monroe’s City Park. The Park has a large open space to let your dog run around and enjoy the day. If you want a fenced in option, the enclosed baseball park is perfect for keeping your dog within eyesight. Be prepared when you come to the park, as you will have to bring cleanup bags and maybe some extra water!
If you’re visiting, a stay at the pet-friendly BlueBird Hill Farm B&B is a must, with views of the gorgeous mountains and the vineyard. With the beautiful mountain views and expansive vineyard, the stay is unrivaled with any other.
The Bellfountain County Park offers 10 acres of open land that welcomes on-leash dogs. The park’s trails are perfect for a snifftastic stroll. If a walk isn’t what you’re looking for, play some fetch with Fido in the lush open field of the park. Irish Bend County Park at the edge of Monroe is another great spot to take your outdoor pup. This gem is a bit underdeveloped, but makes an excellent retreat for adventures. With an extensive sandbar along the Willamette River, dogs can go swim or run around the open area along the river off-leash. There are no water fountains, paved parking, or cleanup stations, so be sure to be prepared if you’re going to venture out! The park does have a launch site for boats and canoes.
The Alsea Falls Recreational Site is located in the nearby town of Philomath, about 13-miles from the center of Monroe. Despite the hike, the trip is worth it to find this dog-friendly park. The area allows pets, and people can take their dogs to play in the open fields or stay to camp out. Another option is available, such as the Alsea Falls Trail & Green Peak Falls Trail, where people can hike with their on-leash dogs. The trails are 2.9 miles combined and lead to the Alsea waterfall and Green Peak waterfall. There are no cleanup stations along the way, so be sure to stock up on them and water before leaving the park!
The Crystal Lake neighborhood is as serene as it sounds, surrounded by crystal clear water and lush trees. The area is in Corvallis, about 15 miles from Monroe. The town has some great options for dog-enthusiasts. The Crystal Lake Sports Field is one of those options, because during the off-season months of September through March, dogs are allowed to run off-leash through the entire 125-acre park. Although no fenced-in options are available, the park is spacious and away from major roads and even has cleanup stations and water fountains available for use. After Fido has their fun, head over to the Purple Moon Organic Espresso restaurant and order an all-natural espresso in the pet-friendly outside patio.
The Southtown neighborhood lies on the southern tip of Corvallis, about 14-miles from Monroe. Although there is some distance, once you reach the busy community you’ll find Willamette Park and the Kendall Natural Area. Together they make up 287 acres of land. The park area allows dogs to run off-leash as long as they remain out of the sports fields. Pups can also get some water and humans have access to cleanup stations. If you want to travel into the natural area with your dog, the natural area has a 2.5-mile trail called forest Path and is welcome to dog companions as long as they remain on a leash in the natural area.