Wallingford is a small town in the midst of a very busy area. Residents of Wallingford can enjoy the charms of small town life without having to give up any of the amenities of bigger cities with a higher population. There’s one animal hospital in Wallingford, and more in the surrounding county. Dogs might care more about the town’s easy access to parks and nature, but their owners will be thrilled to know there’s always help available in Wallingford.
The Leiper-Smedley Trail is a great place to take your dog to get a good look at everything Wallingford has to offer. The trail is good for all skill levels, and is a great way to test your endurance. The full trail is a 4.8 mile out and back route, allowing you to turn back whenever you like. Keep your dog on leash as you walk the area. Besides the views of local forests and rivers, the area is popular with mountain bikers and joggers!
If you’d rather not hike, you can just relax in Leiper Park. The park is small, but green, with creek access and plenty of space to relax in nature. In many ways, Leiper Park is what Wallingford is all about: green, quiet, dog-friendly, and gorgeous!
So take a cue from the small town life, and take it easy in Wallingford.
Hepford Park in the Crum Creek Manor neighborhood is a family oriented park. If you’re just looking for a green space to walk your dog, you can’t do better than this gorgeous layout. The park is divided into sports fields, green fields, and a playground. If a team isn’t using any of the sports fields, it can be an interesting place to walk your dog. If the fields are occupied, it could be better: social dogs love to watch people running around, and there will be plenty of sounds and smells to interest your pup! Keep your dog on leash in Hepford Park, and remember to bring your own water bowl!
If you’re looking to get back to nature, look no further than Houston Park in Wallingford’s Garden City neighborhood. This park is made almost entirely of tree-lined trails! Bring your own water supply and keep your dog on leash in the park, since stepping off the path is like setting out into the woods! Wallingford’s small town charm shines through in how quickly you can go from a bustling residential neighborhood to a quiet woodland scene. There are a number of trails to choose from, but none of them are particularly difficult. Aside from some gentle hills, the trails are relatively uniform and easy to use.
North Wallingford is home to Smedley Park. This park is a dog’s dream come true. The park itself is 140 acres. That’s plenty of room to roam, and many dogs will take advantage of the hiking trails and open fields to explore to their heart's content. Whatever you want to do in the park, from sports fields to trail walking, to letting the kids tackle the jungle gym, you can do it in Smedley Park. Your dog does have to remain on leash inside the park. You should also bring a doggie bowl, as all the fountains cater to thirsty drinkers with opposable thumbs!