Hilltop is a large community to the west of Columbus that is split by the railroad track running through it diagonally from southwest to northeast. Not only does this separate Hilltop into two sections, but it splits into a residential zone and a commercial and retail section.
For the foodie in you, there is a fabulous selection of restaurants throughout the community and those nearby. There are pet supply stores and plenty of different parks for you to take advantage of during the good weather.
You can expect to enjoy warm weather starting in April and moving into the mid-80s during the summer months. True, it does rain here, but when it does, put on a raincoat, carry an umbrella, and get out there for your walks! The only time you might want to cut them short might be during the winter when temperatures are freezing and there is plenty of snow and ice on the sidewalks.
Like most of the greater Columbus area, the terrain here is very flat with the exception of the area around the Derby-Hill-Big Run Park and the space around it, where you will find some of the only hilly terrain in the city.
For those who live here, the hills are the perfect addition to your daily walks as you and your pooch will be exercising different leg muscles on the way up the hill than the ones you will be using to walk down it. For those who live in the rest of the area, you will have to use the vast number of residential blocks to create walking routes that replace the challenge of hilly terrain with longer distances instead.
Luckily, Hilltop provides walkers with plenty of space to stay off of the paved streets and to provide soft, cool footing for pups on the hotter days in the neighborhood.
The Hilltop community incorporates a number of small neighborhood parks for you and Fido to go for walks in. At the same time, there are several larger parks starting with Glenwood Park in the northeast corner which is part of the Glenwood Community Recreation Center. The park offers a significant amount of grass.
To the north and on the other side of W Broad Street is Rhodes Park, a much larger area of grass with walking trails and woods to hike in. In the northwest corner of the residential area sits Wilson Road Park where you and your pooch can enjoy trails leading through the woods running along the railroad track.
In the southwest corner, you will find the Derby-Hill-Big Run Park. This is one of the few hilly places in the area for you and your pup to go for hikes along the trails running through the woods. You never know when you might be able to catch the soapbox derby races!