Although amenities are located conveniently nearby, Columbus weather is not always amenable to pedestrian travel. Winters are cold and snowy and good outerwear is required for daily walks with your canine companion. Summers are warm and usually not so hot that heat-related illnesses are a significant concern, providing reasonable precautions are taken. However, severe thunderstorms sometimes occur during this season and should be avoided.
There are some apartment and multi-family housing complexes in the area, however, most of the region is composed of single-family homes. These homes are moderate in size and older, however, properties are quite large, well spaced, set back, and with spacious backyards that back onto lanes and greenways. The district is well shaded and private properties have plenty of foliage and large lawns.
The ground is relatively level with only some slight inclines that do not present a problem for pedestrians and pets. The train track to the east can present an impediment and a hazard for dog walkers. Cross the tracks only at designated pedestrian crossings to stay safe!
Dog walkers will want to be aware of Broadmeadows Park located on the northwest section of Sharon Heights. This greenway has some recreational facilities and a pond, but most importantly, a bridge crossing the river and connecting to the Olentangy Trail. This 17-mile trail provides ample walking opportunities for you and your pet, connecting several greenways and parks along the river.
Sharon Heights boasts a park of the same name in its northwest section. The Sharon Meadows Park is 10 acres in size and is mostly open greenway with some trees and recreational facilities. A paved trail encircles the park and makes a great dog walking path and destination.
Rush Run Park is located further north along the river and is a good-sized natural area with a creek running through it. This natural area has natural and unmaintained trails to explore, however, unmaintained trails should be used with caution as terrain can be treacherous.