Do you and your dog love to hike? Does taking in nature’s beauty while getting exercise make you giddy? Then the Wichita River Trail is for you! The Wichita River Trail is one of 1,600 trails included in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming old rail lines into beautiful trails for everyone to enjoy. Your dog must be on her leash at all times, and you must clean up after your dog.
Hiking not your style? Perhaps the Wichita Falls Dog Park is more your pace. Wichita Falls Dog Park is a completely fenced-in, leash-free zone for dogs of all ages and sizes. The park’s wide-open space is perfect for playing fetch, tug-o-war, and slowly socializing dogs new to the dog park. There’s a water fountain in the park so you can keep your dog hydrated during your day of fun.
Can’t decide if you want to walk, swim, play with your family, or relax? Lucy Park can help you out. Lucy Park has basketball courts, a golf course, playgrounds, picnic tables, ponds (many ducks and geese live here), swimming pools, trails, and a rentable cabin. Bring out the whole family for a day of relaxing fun – including Fido! Fido will have a blast with you at Lucy Park, but he must stay on his leash at all times, be cleaned up after, and well versed in appropriate social manners such as avoiding jumping on strangers.
Fowler Center is an outgoing neighborhood with an active, fun loving community. Located right next to Lake Wichita Park, this is the ideal place to take your pup for some time outdoors. There’s grassy fields and over two miles of hiking trails that loop through the most scenic areas of this park. Tucked inside Lake Wichita Park is an off leash dog park where your pup can run around to his heart’s content, and meet other dogs! Remember to keep your dog leashed when outside the park, as per community rules. You and your pup are sure to have a pawsome time!
Western Hills is a pleasant, quiet neighborhood that’s home to the beautiful Jefferson Park. This green, grassy expanse comes with plenty of room to run and is host to a beautiful pond that adds to the landscape. This park isn’t fenced in, so be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times. Jefferson Park is also located right next to Jefferson Middle School, so if your dog isn’t very kid friendly this may not be the place to take him. A river runs through the southern portion of the park, keeping it lush. Your dog is sure to have an absolute blast exploring this natural area!
Lucy Park is a lovely neighborhood with a friendly and outgoing community. Named after it’s park, Lucy Park, this is the ideal place to take your pup out for a relaxing stroll. Not only does Lucy Park have many scenic trails of it’s own, including one that leads to the Falls, but it is the starting point for the city-wide Circle Trail System. This path will take you all across Wichita and has over eighteen miles of concrete trails to explore. There is a pond in the park that’s dedicated to geese and ducks, which are found there year round. All dogs must be leashed while in this park, as it’s not fenced in and there is unpredictable wildlife about.
Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard/Harding Street is a beautiful, dog friendly neighborhood with an open community. This neighborhood sports five parks that all welcome leashed dogs on their premises. The largest, Williams Park, comes with a duck pond and is right along the Wichita River Trail. This scenic trail travels through gorgeous areas, as well as two other parks: Donnell Park and O’Reilly Park. Both of these parks border the Wichita River and are perfect places to spend an afternoon. For some smaller areas tucked in the center of the neighborhood, there’s Spudder Park and Lincoln Park with grassy stretches and a calm atmosphere.