Resting in the heart of Washington State, Covington is a city that embodies the free spirit of the American West but also harbors the welcoming nature of a small-town community. While Covington was only recently incorporated as a city in 1997, it has grown very rapidly, and its natural beauty and friendly community have greatly contributed to the city’s success — and are the reason more and more people come to visit each year!
The city is not only a good place for people to visit; four-legged friends love it as well! Covington and the surrounding area house four highly-rated veterinary clinics, so dogs and their humans can rest assured that they will find the best care. There are also many dog-friendly activities in Covington. The natural beauty of the Washington landscape lends itself to outdoor activities, so if hiking is something you enjoy, you won’t be disappointed! If you’re looking for a more laidback experience, that’s okay, too: there are many small parks throughout town that serve as a terrific backdrop for a relaxing stroll. You’ll also find many cafés and restaurants that accommodate furry paws.
More and more people come to visit Covington each year, and after you experience it for yourself, you’ll understand why!
If you travel just over ten miles southwest of Covington, you will arrive in the city of Auburn, Washington. Because of its proximity to Covington and large array of dog-friendly activities, it really is a must-visit location for people in the area. King County Interurban Trail begins just off of Main Street and makes for a fantastic hike with your canine companion. Zola’s Café is nearby, and it is a great place to stop in for a tasty meal. They offer outdoor seating for visitors with dogs, and they serve vegetarian and vegan food, so you can be sure all your dietary requirements will be met.
If you’re looking for an exciting neighborhood to visit with your dog, Downtown Kent is the place to go. Ramsay Way has a good selection of dog-friendly restaurants to choose from; Agave Cocina and Cantina serves upscale Mexican cuisine and offers outdoor seating to accommodate furry paws. Dilettante Chocolates and Mocha Café has delicious desserts and coffee drinks that can be enjoyed at their outdoor tables. For a hearty, traditional meal, head to The AC Tavern on Meeker Street: they serve American Classics and pub fare. And for some fresh air, try walking the King County Interurban Trail which runs through the neighborhood.
Ravensdale lies to the east of Covington, and it is a great place to explore the outdoors for people and their four-legged friends. Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area is a good point to begin your adventure: it is over 100 acres of coniferous woodlands with small meadows scattered throughout. There are also some small ponds and wetlands in the park, so if you’re looking to encounter a diverse array of wildlife, you’ve found the right spot! Kanaskat Palmer State Park is also in Ravensdale and is worth visiting for its riverside trails which make for an easier hike than Ravensdale Retreat. Both parks welcome furry friends on leashes!
The town of Maple Valley is less than ten miles east of Covington, and there are many enjoyable things to do there if you’re traveling with your dog — especially if you’re looking for good food! Davine on the north side of town has American classics that you can enjoy on one of their eight outdoor tables. On the south side of town check out Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza; it is a local favorite that won’t disappoint pizza lovers. Nearby Maple Valley Bar and Grill is another option. They serve American-style food like burgers and steak. Wherever you decide to eat, you can expect a great meal in Maple Valley.
There are lots of dog-friendly activities in the neighborhood of East Kent, which borders Covington to the West. Lake Meridian has a small park adjacent to it, and the park is a great place to walk outside and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and scenic view of the lake. Lake Clark Park is similar but a bit larger — it spans over 100 acres and contains beautiful walking trails and public art displays. Two nearby restaurants offer outdoor seating for furry friends: The Habit Burger Grill serves up mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches, and Café Rio has the best Mexican food in town.