Tail-wagging fun for you and your pup

BARK BASH – August 24, 2024

Bark Bash is the super-duper event of the summer for you and your canine friends. The inaugural Bark Bash replaces the cancelled WAG! Fest and won’t miss a beat, or a bark, at Prairie Oaks Metro Park on Saturday August 24, 2024. The four-legged frolic gets underway at 10am and will keep Fido and Friends fully active and engaged in fun right the way through to 4pm.

Metro Parks Executive Director Tim Moloney said, “We were sad to hear WAG! Fest was cancelled and knew the dogs and people of Franklin County would miss the fun. By providing an alternative event, it allows us to build upon the success of our previous events while embracing a fresh approach that aligns more closely with our mission to provide memorable experiences for our community and their canine companions.”

Bark Bash will feature canine vendors dedicated to all your dogs’ needs, canine rescue organizations, humane societies, food vendors, and more! Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure will be hosting stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking for humans and their pups, and owners can customize and tie-dye a bandana for their companion with Friends of Metro Parks. There will be trails for walks, a lake for dogs to swim in, and an ice castle to cool off in.


Sunshine, wildlife, beautiful trails, rushing water and unlimited smells – your dog will love it all! We sniffed out five fun activities that you and your pups will enjoy.


Treat your dog to a day of fun at Prairie Oaks. Head over to the half-acre dog beach at Darby Bend Lakes and watch your dog catapult into the water from the dog jumping dock. Your pup will love jumping into the cool water, chasing toys and meeting new friends.

A dog leaps into Darby Bend Lake from the diving dock at Prairie Oaks Metro Park
An excitement-loving dog leaps into Darby Bend Lake from the diving dock at Prairie Oaks Metro Park. (Cheryl Blair)

And don’t miss WAG at Prairie Oaks, Sat Aug 18, 2018 — MORE HERE

(video from last year’s fabulous Wagfest below)


Unleash your pup at Glacier Ridge’s dog park and watch them bound through an open field and into the woods. The 2.5-acre fenced area is the perfect spot for dogs to burn some energy while sniffing out new friends. There’s water fountains and a paved path as well.

If you prefer a scenic stroll through the park, take a walk along the pet-friendly Ironweed and Marsh Hawk trails with your leashed pup. You’ll pass through open fields full of ashy sunflower, purple coneflower and ironweed and you’ll see various birds and deer.

The paved Marsh Hawk Trail running through fields at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
The Marsh Hawk Trail at Glacier Ridge Metro Park. (Mike Heisey)


Lace up your hiking boots, because you’ll be hiking all over Scioto Grove! The entire park is pet-friendly, so you and your leashed dog can explore all of the trails (nearly 10 miles total). Your dog will love the REI River Trail which winds through a beautiful wooded forest and passes along the Scioto River.

A woman walks with her leashed dog at the pet-friendly Scioto Grove Metro Park
A woman walks her dog at the pet-friendly Scioto Grove Metro Park. (Virginia Gordon)


Walnut Woods boasts two dog parks. The 1-acre fenced in area for small dogs (under 20 pounds) gives pups plenty of room to run around and play fetch. The 3-acre area for dogs over 20 pounds features a doggie swimming area where your pup can splash around and make new friends as well as open space for chasing tennis balls.

Each area also has an agility course where Fido can test his skills by jumping over and weaving through various obstacles. Head over to the Buckeye Area to explore these awesome dog parks with your pup.

A dog leaps over the rail at Walnut Woods Metro Park's dog park obstacle course.
An eager dog leaps the rail at Walnut Woods’ dog park obstacle course. (Mindi McConnell)


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