A pup’s paradise at your Metro Parks

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Bring your best furry friend to Metro Parks and meander through a forest, sniff out a fresh adventure or play with other pups. Your dog will love hiking lesser known pet trails, splashing about in a dog swimming area and running wild in one of our dog parks.


Head over to Osprey Lake and treat your dog to a day of fun. Start off with an easy half-mile hike on the Osprey Lake Trail and then let your pup cool off in the dog swimming area afterward.

Dog swimming areas are located at Battelle Darby Creek, Prairie Oaks and Walnut Woods Metro Parks. Photo/John Nixon

If you’re looking for a more remote place, check out the Pleasant Valley Area lake. Pups love jumping into the cool water, chasing toys and meeting new friends. After splashing around in the dog swimming area, take your pooch on a 2.3-mile hike around the lake and along Big Darby Creek on the Edgewood, Lake and Prairie Way trails. Take in sweeping views of golden fields and tall stands of trees in the woodlands.


While the doggie beach is a popular spot for pet owners, there are several lesser known pet-friendly trails at Prairie Oaks that will make your dog’s tail wag. The Sycamore Plains, Osage Opening and Tallgrass trails in the Sycamore Plains Area of the park offer spectacular sights. Wander through grasslands and marvel at the large sycamore trees that line the path or listen to the sound of Big Darby Creek. Your pup will love the shaded trails and sniffing out wildlife.

The 2.2-mile Sycamore Plains Loop at Prairie Oaks Metro Park is great trail to hike if you and your dogs are looking for a less crowded pathway.  Photo/Tina Fronk


Three Creeks offers various trails and a large, four-acre dog park for your pooch to run wild. Head over to the Sycamore Fields area and let your dog roam in a large grassy dog park and meet new friends. After burning off some energy, enjoy a hike on one of the numerous pet-friendly trails at Three Creeks.

The 5-acre, off-leash dog park in the Sycamore Fields Area at Three Creeks Metro Park is  a great spot for dogs to run around and frolic about. Photo/Frank Kozarich


The Alum Creek and Blacklick Creek Greenway paved trails offer spectacular views of Alum, Blacklick and Walnut creeks and pass through tall stands of trees and over a bridge.

The Evergreen Trail is a hidden gem. The .5-mile trail cuts through a white pine tree grove and feels like walking through a wonderland.

You can loop around the ponds on the Heron Pond and Turtle Pond trails. Hit the trails at sunrise and sunset for some beautiful views with your pup!

Pick up the paved Alum Creek Greenway Trail at Three Creeks Metro Park and you and your dog can venture more than 20 miles along scenic land and waterscapes. Photo/Mindi McConnell

Grab Fido’s leash and meet us at your favorite Metro Park! Your pup will love playing with friends and the dog parks, splashing around in the dog swimming areas and sniffing out new adventures on the trails.