The beloved town of Maple Valley may be small, covering less than 6 square miles, but it boasts some pretty significant ratings. This quaint community has been named one of the “Best Places to Raise Kids” in America by three different publications, as well as being recognized as one of the “Safest Cities in Washington” — three different times! This family-friendly city doesn’t discriminate between the furry and fur-less children here, with plenty of amenities that cater to the needs of the city’s four-legged kids!
If you and your pup are interested in exploring some of the natural features this picturesque township has to offer, take a stroll down the Cedar River Trail. This rail trail is over 15 miles in length, but hikers can tailor their walks to be as long or as short as they desire. Keep your pup leashed while you wander along this pathway, because this trail is also very popular with cyclists, horseback riders, and cross-country skiiers.
Maple Valley has five pawesome eateries which offer outdoor dining options for guests with pets. If your Frenchie favors a quick bite on the way to the park, there are several delicious spots to meet her needs -- two pizza shops, a gourmet bakery and sandwich shop chain, and an American-style bar and grill. If you are a doggy duo looking for more of a relaxing atmosphere, head over to Divines, where you can enjoy some delicious upscale appetizers and a flight of their house wine! This spot will have your pooch feeling like a sommelier in no time!
Dubbed “Doggy Disneyland” by the local pup-ulation, Marymoor Park in Redmond is considered by many to be the best 40 acres around! This off-leash pet pavilion is pure puppy bliss for the resident doggos, with spacious fields for fetching, plenty of shade, and swimming access for guests to practice their doggy paddle! There is a $1 fee for parking, but that is a small price to pay for the joy this park brings to canines and humans alike. The park is 26 miles from Maple Valley, so it can be a bit of a ride due to the mountainous landscape, but it is well worth the trip!
Dogs have the run of the Medina City Park for six months out of the year during the rainy season! In the wetter months, pups are allowed to roam the entire facility leash-free — and they love every minute of it! For the other six months, the off-leash section is restricted to the eastern half of the park, due to the influx of families that the warm weather brings. Year-round visitors can enjoy the large pond on the south end of the park which even has a “launch area” for the dogs! There are always plenty of bowls, hoses, trash cans, and waste bags nearby for use by the owners, so you never have to worry about thirsty pooches or carrying poop all around the park in search of a bin!
Only a 30-minute ride from Maple Valley, the Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park in Seatac offers just that — grand views! This 37-acre open space area offers pets a variety of natural terrain to enjoy, including huge grassy expanses, wooded forests, and access to a natural waterway where your pup can cool off! The trails are great mental stimulation for inquisitive puppers, and the agility section is perfect for dexterous doggos looking to impress! Whether it is the picturesque backdrop of Mount Ranier, the awesome trails, or just the down-to-earth regulars, you and your dog will be sure to find plenty of reasons to keep coming back!
Three Forks Dog Park in Snoqualmie is one of the best places around for a scenic romp. The beautiful landscape is carpeted with all-natural wild grass and is framed on all sides by the stunning Cascade Mountains. Recent renovations have been made to make the park fully fenced, giving local doggos a safe space to run their hearts out! This is very pawpular spot with local and visiting pups alike, so you never have to worry about your fur baby playing alone! The off-leash area even contains a partitioned space where the smaller or more timid crowd can frolic without being disrupted by the larger guests!
Carnation Off-Leash Dog Park looks more like a picture of a well-landscaped California vineyard than a city dog run. The park is located at the end of Larson Avenue, two blocks down from West Entwistle Street, and is only 28 miles north of Maple Valley. This 8-acre expanse provides plenty of space for dogs to fetch or socialize and is covered in plush green grass that is perfect for rolling in! There are a few benches for owners to relax on while their pups run around, but this park can get busy, so you may need to bring a foldable chair!