Situated on the southern end of Puget Sound, the City of Lacey is a nature lover's dream, with miles of hiking and biking trails, over 1,200 acres of public parkland, and 5 freshwater lakes. The best part is, Lacey is incredibly dog-friendly! Your furry pal is welcome in most recreation areas, as long as he stays on a leash and in designated spots. The city also has five animal hospitals to take care of its canine residents and guests.
The Chehalis-Western Trail, which runs along the city's western edge, is a woofderful place to take your pooch for a walk. This 22-mile, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail follows the route of an old railroad corridor, connecting every major town in Thurston County. From here, you and Fido can access various habitats such as forests and wetlands, as well as the Deschutes River, Chambers Lake, and Puget Sound.
As a lakeside park, Long Lake Park features the best of both worlds. This 10-acre, heavily wooded park sits on the shore of Long Lake, providing access to one of the best swimming beaches in the county. Fido is not allowed in the water, however, so stick to the upland area where you can enjoy a picnic and explore the trails.
Come to Lacey for an unforgettable experience with your pup!
Let Fido run loose and burn off energy at the Hawks Prairie Dog Park! Secured by double-gated entries and divided into two areas, this off-leash park is a pawsome spot for puppers of all sizes to play and socialize. Features include water stations, a digging area, pet waste stations, and some toys and agility equipment. There are also picnic tables and benches for the humans to sit on. Just a couple of miles away from the Hawks Prairie Dog Park is the William Ives Trail, a 1.5-mile walking trail that offers fairway views of the Woodlands Golf Course. You and your pooch can access this trail at the Meridian Neighborhood Park, then follow it through a nature preserve.
Clean and well-maintained, the Woodland Creek Community Park is a furrific place to go for a leashed walk or have a picnic with your best pal. This 72-acre site offers picnic shelters and paved walkways, with Woodland Creek flowing through it and Longs Pond serving as its centerpiece. If you and Fido visit during the fall or spring, you'll see birds and fish in the area. Here you'll also find the trailhead for the Woodland Trail, a former railroad corridor that has been transformed into a walking and biking trail. This 2.2-mile paved trail will take you and your pooch through the center of downtown Lacey and connects to other trails at the west.
Located along the Interstate 5, the I-5 Park is a hidden gem where you can take your furry buddy for a leashed stroll on an urban trail. The paved walking and biking path runs parallel to the highway, stretching 3 miles and connecting the main and satellite State Capitol campuses. If you prefer a more natural trail, the Lake Lois Park offers a short woodchip trail beside a small lake, while the adjacent and larger Lake Lois Habitat Reserve houses a quarter-mile interpretive loop trail. The latter will lead you and Fido around the 29-acre natural habitat area, with benches to rest on along the way.
Don't miss Wanschers Park if you have a pupper that loves water! Fido is welcome to doggie paddle in Hicks Lake—just remember to clean up after him! This 16-acre, heavily wooded park also features grassy picnic areas, walking trails, and beautiful views of Mount Rainier. However, parking is limited according to the locals. Fortunately, there's another pooch-friendly spot in the neighborhood. Just a mile away from Wanschers is Wonderwood Park, a 39-acre site comprising natural woodland and recreational facilities. Wonderwood Park has ample open space for Fido to explore, plus several trails that will take you and your pup around the woods.
Sprawling over 46 acres, the Rainier Vista Community Park is a puptastic spot to spend some quality time with your pooch. This clean and well-kept site contains two walking trails, multiple athletic fields and courts, picnic shelters, a skate park, and a playground. There are also pet waste stations scattered across the park. If walking around Rainier Vista has left you hungry, head to MOD Pizza, where you can build your own artisan-style pizza and share an outdoor table with your dog. Note that there is no table service, so Fido will have to wait outside when you go in to order.