Indy's 19 Most Playful Parks and Pet-Friendly Trails
The sun is shining, the weather is perfect and that old walk around the block with your fur baby just isn’t gonna cut it. So, where to?! Luckily for you, Fido (and Fluffy), Indianapolis is thriving with picturesque parks and greenways that are pet-friendly! Pup need a break from the leash? There’s a wide array of wide open off-leash parks for him to romp through until his heart’s content and he’s ready for that ride home nap in the backseat too :) Don't forget to make sure Fido & Fluffy are all up to date on their shots before you head to the park! Your nearest Noah's Animal Hospitals location can you help you out with that ;)
Off-leash dog park + large open field smack dab in the middle of Broad Ripple Ave & White River. Pooch Pass required. COST: Annual Pooch Pass: $75 first dog, 50% off 2nd & 3rd dogs. After July 1, passes discounted to $55, after September 1 - $40 *Note: Pooch Pass gets you in to any Indy Parks and Recreation Canine Companion Zones (Broad Ripple Park, Paul Ruster Park, Eagle Creek Park and Smock Park)
Off-Leash bark park with two fenced-in play areas + wooded area, hills and trails for hiking. Pooch Pass required. COST: Annual Pooch Pass: $75 first dog, 50% off 2nd & 3rd dogs. After July 1, passes discounted to $55, after September 1 - $40 *Note: Pooch Pass gets you in to any Indy Parks and Recreation Canine Companion Zones (Broad Ripple Park, Paul Ruster Park, Eagle Creek Park and Smock Park)
Off-leash dog park with three play areas + pet-friendly trails in the woods perfect for fuzzy and human nature lovers alike. Dog park pass required. COST: Annual pass: $75 per year, per dog. Daily park entrance fee: $5 or $8 per car.
Canine agility course, picnic tables + 1.5 miles of wooded trails for you and Fido to frolic through! Application required. COST: Annual pass: $75, $50 each additional dog. Daily pass: $10 per dog, per day; $5 each additional dog.
Wide open, large off-leash dog park. Pooch Pass Required. COST: Annual Pooch Pass: $75 first dog, 50% off 2nd & 3rd dogs. After July 1, passes discounted to $55, after September 1 - $40 *Note: Pooch Pass gets you in to any Indy Parks and Recreation Canine Companion Zones (Broad Ripple Park, Paul Ruster Park, Eagle Creek Park and Smock Park)
You and your humans are welcome to play together in Club Canine’s 5,000 square foot, indoor climate-controlled play space on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 6:30 – 8PM at no matter what the weather is like outside! Vaccination records & registration required. COST: $5 if you’re not a regular daycare client.
Off-leash dog park located in one of Greenwood’s largest, most popular parks with agility equipment, benches, pavilion with picnic tables and water fountains. Plenty of pup-friendly walking trails too! COST: Must be a Dog Park Member $40 annual, $30 for Greenwood residents.
Washington Township Park maintains 160 acres of property including 5+ miles of trails and an Off-leash fenced Paw Park with agility equipment, shade shelter, benches & more. | COST: Annual Pass: $50 for one dog, $75 for two. Day Pass: $10 per dog. Must fill out Paw Park Application
Sarah T. Bolton Park features beautiful rolling topography with trails and a creek that winds throughout the 32 acre property, 1 acre of which is an off-leash Paw Park! COST: $35 annual pass + $10 entry key. Must register dog at Beech Grove City Hall.
Waggin’ Tails Bark Park has obstacle training equipment, benches and a double-bubbler water fountain that serves both humans & canines! COST: $40 Annual Pass for Lawrence Residents, $50 non-residents. $25 Key Deposit. Application & water bill (for proof of residency) required.
COST: $35 per dog annually, $12 for additional pup. Application required.
Large, fenced-in off-leash area with agility equipment attached to Swinford Park. COST: Rec Center Members $20 per dog, Resident Non-Members $30 per dog, Non-Resident/Members $40 per dog. Registration required.
Pet Friendly Trails
Holliday Park encompasses 94-acres of beautiful greenery where you can hike more than 3.5 miles of picturesque trails or take a stroll around the one-of-a-kind Holliday Park Ruins. The only place you can’t bring your pup is the nature center! COST: FREE
Eagle Creek is a favorite for Indy dogs and humans alike! Go for a walk on the trails, cool off with a swim, then let Fido loose in the Bark Park on your way out of the park – he’ll be napping all the way home! | COST: Annual Pooch Pass: $75 first dog, 50% off 2nd & 3rd dogs. After July 1, passes discounted to $55, after September 1 - $40. *Note: Pooch Pass gets you in to any Indy Parks and Recreation Canine Companion Zones (Broad Ripple Park, Paul Ruster Park, Eagle Creek Park and Smock Park)
The Monon Trail | From 10th Street all the way up to 96th Street | Map
Indy’s most beloved trail with the Circle City’s coolest breweries, eateries and hang outs butted up against it all along the way. Click here for just a few. For proper Monon Trail Etiquette, click here. | COST: FREE
The Central Canal Towpath is currently a little over 5 miles of compacted stone that stretches from Broad Ripple to Downtown. The perfect mix of urban & respite, the path runs past several cultural hotspots, gentle waters and woods. | COST: FREE
The 3.25 mile paved trail begins on the edge of downtown Noblesville and travels through Forest Park and along the White River. | COST: FREE
Formerly known as the Zionsville Rail Trail, this 3.75 mile long paved pathway forms the main spine of Zionsville’s 20+ mile-long trail system. | COST: FREE
Take the White Lick Creek trail up and down through Plainfield’s Friendship Gardens & jaunt over to Hummel Park, a dog friendly family park with volleyball courts, softball diamonds, soccer, five fishing lakes, great trails and access to White Lick Creek! | COST: FREE
Don't have a furry friend to bring along with you to these awesome greenways and parks? Is your furbaby lonely for a walking / play-time buddy? There's plenty of pups and cats at the Humane Society for Hamilton County who would love to be part of your family! See who's available to adopt this month right here:
Hamilton Humane Society - Available Pets: July 2017
Noah's Animal Hospitals & the Humane Society for Hamilton County are teaming up to help find loving homes for cats and dogs at their Noblesville location.
About Noah's Animal Hospitals: We are a family owned, locally operated group of veterinary clinic serving the Indianapolis, IN area and surrounding communities. With eight convenient locations to serve you, including three 24 hour emergency hospitals, Noah’s is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the best possible health care and exceptional client service, exceeding your expectations with every interaction. In fact, they like to consider themselves “the best friend of your best friend.”