The best dog walks and parks in Ting towns
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The best dog walks and parks in Ting towns

One of the best things to do during the dog days of summer spending some outdoor time with your pup. Time for some fun in the sun with your perfect match!



Saunders-Monticello Trail

503 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(Trail entrance at Kemper Park)

With native hardwood forest, deep ravines and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this trail winds its way to Monticello and back. Enjoy seven miles of rustic, pet-friendly trails!

Riverview Park

1909 Chesapeake St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Located at the end of Chesapeake Street at the eastern city limits, this 26.6 acre park borders the river. The adjacent Rivanna Trail features designated areas where dogs are allowed to be off-leash on certain days of the week. 

 Azalea Park

 304 Old Lynchburg Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Azalea Park consists of 23 acres which include trees and and other natural buffers which separate the park from neighborhood homes, as well as Moore's Creek which winds its way along the entire length of the park. Dogs must be on-leash in the larger Park, but a fenced-in area is provided for off-leash dog activities.


Ben Brenman Park

4800 Brenman Park Dr, Alexandria, VA 22304

The Ben Brenman Dog Park is a fenced and well-lit park for your furry friend to get out their zoomies! Part of the beautiful Ben Brenman park featuring athletic fields, a picnic pavilion and more, it’s open from sunrise to sunset.

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 23242

This historic park retains a rustic feel with its exhibits, fishing piers and lighthouse built in 1855. The gravel trail and green spaces are wonderful places to walk your best friend, but be aware there are no off-leash areas. 

Dora Kelley Nature Park

750 Sanger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311

The Dora Kelley Nature Park & Wildlife Sanctuary presently encompasses 50 acres of oak-hickory forest, stream valley floodplain, and freshwater marsh. The self-guided nature trail that meanders through the park makes for a memorable experience every time. 

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Bennett Cerf Dog Park

544 Manchester Road, Westminster, MD 21157

Bennett Cerf Dog park is a community-funded dog park that opened in 2013. To cover expenses, there is a small membership fee per dog. With beautiful spaces and amenities adjacent to the fenced of dog areas, it’s a great spot for both you and your pup to enjoy.

Red Run Stream Valley Trail

9500 Dolfield Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Birding, hiking, and biking are all enjoyed here but once you keep the pups on a leash, they’re welcome as well!

Trolley Trail

The Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda, MD 20814

Repurposed from a historic streetcar right-of-way, this nearly 6-mile-long urban trail passes through a variety of surroundings, keeping you and your cute buddy from ever getting bored on this walk.


North Carolina

Lake Johnson Park

4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

Central to our North Carolina Ting towns, Lake Johnson Park includes a 5-mile, partially paved path that circles Lake Johnson. Situated southwest of the state's capital of Raleigh, this is a popular destination for fishing, seasonal boat rentals, indoor and outdoor facility rentals, and of course getting some fresh air with your furry friend(s)! 

Bass Lake Park

900 Bass Lake Rd, Holly Springs, NC 27540

This gorgeous park boasts a 54-acre lake, greenway trails, a picnic shelter—and yes, a dedicated dog park.

Veterans Park

600 Bikram Dr, Holly Springs, NC 27540

A less sprawling option, this beloved park features a veteran’s memorial, fitness stations and a playground for the little ones. No dog park, so this is more suited for a picturesque walk as opposed to playtime.


Greater Denver

Centennial Center Park

13050 E Peakview Ave, Centennial, CO 80111

Centennial Center Park is an award-winning, 11-acre park that features various historical and educational elements in addition to paved and rustic trails for biking, hiking, and (you guessed it) walking your dog! 

Bluffs Regional Park

Lone Tree, CO 80124

Stunning views of the Colorado mountains and DC metro area alone make Bluffs Regional Park a worthy destination. Bonus - in addition to its own trails, it to numerous other trial systems should you and your four-legged companion want to extend the outing.

Tommy Davis Park

9200 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Got a sporty partner or family member? Tommy Davis park can offer a great two-fer at dog walk time with its basketball and beach volleyball courts, multi-use playing field and hiking/biking trail.



Trailhead for Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail

Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail, Ponderay, ID 83852

This trail follows a natural waterfront that extends to Black Rock. Connecting the communities of Kootenai and Ponderay, it creates a stunning 2-mile trail for everyone to enjoy!

Ponderay PetSafe Dog Park

870 Kootenai Cutoff Rd, Ponderay, ID 83852

The country’s first fully ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-compliant dog park, this excellently-appointed dog park is designed to be inviting to all dogs and humans.

Hickory Street Park

812 Hickory Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864

For over a decade, this previously hoomans-only green space has invited owners to bring their furry friends along (once they’re on-leash and picked up after). Make sure to take advantage!



Coastal Rail Trail

1298 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

When complete, the Coastal Rail Trail will run 44 miles from Oceanside to San Diego along the Coaster commuter rail. For now, you and your furry friend can enjoy the 1.3 miles added in 2019 between Encinitas and Cardiff-by -the-Sea. Don’t forget a leash! 

Stoneview Nature Center

5950 Stoneview Dr, Culver City, CA 90232

Stoneview Nature Center is an urban sanctuary nestled in the Blair Hills of Culver City, boasting scenic views of the Los Angeles basin from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Hollywood Hills. The center is a key component of the Park to Playa Trail—a planned corridor that will connect state, county and city parks into a recreational trail from Playa Del Rey to Baldwin Hills. 

Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park

335 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92007

This two-acre dog park is one of the best designed in Encinitas. Not just a visual treat, features like separated fenced areas for large, small and not-yet-socialized dogs make sure it’s an enjoyable and safe place for all pooches. Open 8am to sunset.

Village Park Trail

1679 Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas CA, 92094

Running from Encinitas Blvd. to Mountain Vista Dr, this is a great off-leash trail walk. Be aware that some parts of the trail are not fenced in, so if your dog isn’t under strict voice control you may want to familiarize yourself with the trail’s fencing before going off-leash.

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

Even if it’s within driving distance moreso than walking, occasional trips to Kenneth Hahn SRA are highly recommended. With multiple playgrounds, two baseball diamonds, a sand volleyball and half basketball court, and seven miles of trail, this is a great outdoor escape for the whole family. Note that dogs are allowed on the paved road but not on the trails.

Stocker Corridor Trail

Stocker St & Presidio Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Part of the revered Park to Playa trail, this 2.8-mile out-and-back trail is considered an easy trek. Leashed dogs are welcome and plentiful, so if your little (or big) guy (or girl) is craving social time, and you’d prefer a picturesque walk to a dog park sit, it’s worth checking out. 


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