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Best Parks To Walk Your Dog In The Seattle Area

April 25, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Photo credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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If you’re looking for the perfect areas to walk and play with your four-legged friend, Seattle’s parks are a wonderful place to start. From the shores of Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island to sprawling Marymoor Park in Redmond to Warren G. Magnuson Park’s within-city off-leash access, opportunities to walk your dog in Seattle’s parks abound. These parks offer forested trails, sandy beaches, rolling fields and countless opportunities for your dog to meet and play with other canine friends. You can also read more about the best dog walking trails in Seattle here.

Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 275-7609
www.mercergov.org

Located east and adjacent to Seattle in Mercer Island, Luther Burbank Park offers a central location between the east side and the city. The park is located on the northeast end of Mercer Island, featuring a fenced off-leash dog area at its northernmost tip. Luther Burbank is a longtime Seattle-area favorite because of its easy access off I90, million-dollar views of Lake Washington and its separate area for shy dogs. The park comprises 77 acres, including almost a mile of Lake Washington waterfront. The park also features an area where visitors can wash their dogs after they’ve played in the water, sand and mud.

Marymoor Dog Park
6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
(206) 205-3661
www.kingcounty.gov

Marymoor Park, which is King County’s oldest and largest park, is located across the water from Seattle in Redmond at the north end of Lake Sammamish. The park, which encompasses 640 acres, includes sprawling fields, play areas for children and an amazing off-leash dog area that covers a full 40 acres. The off-leash dog park area is a haven for humans and canines alike; it’s well maintained and includes a series of paths, forested areas and a river for dogs to get their paws wet. There are a total of five river access points, with soft, sandy beaches and opportunities for dogs of all ages and sizes to play together. Picking up after your pets is also easy because the park provides plastic “pick up” bags and has trash receptacles conveniently placed throughout the area.

Edmonds Dog Park/Off Leash Area
498 Admiral Way
Edmonds, WA 98020
www.olae.org

Where else can you have picturesque Puget Sound views and an open beach that’s gone to the dogs? Located just north of Seattle in Edmonds, Washington, the picturesque Edmonds Dog Park sits against the water near Marina Beach Park. Dogs and their people are permitted to run, play and swim with friends in a safe, scenic, peaceful environment. Volunteers maintain the dog park, ensuring that it remains clean and safe for all visitors, and it shows. This is a pristine, clean, happy place for dogs and their people to play.

Related: Best Off Leash Areas in Seattle


Saint Edward State Park

14445 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
(425) 823-2992
www.wta.org

Do you have an athletic canine companion? If you’re looking for hilly, varied, wooded terrain to walk your dog, Saint Edward State Park fits the bill. This park, located north of Seattle, includes 316 acres of forest laced with trails that are perfect for taking walks with your canine friends. There’s no off-leash access here, as state law requires that they remain on a leash at all times. The park is flanked by an undeveloped beach and also features ample opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 684-4946
www.seattle.gov

If you’re looking for off-leash room to roam, a place for your canine friend to swim and numerous walking trails, Warren G. Magnuson Park is the place to be. Magnuson Park has the only off-leash area with water access within Seattle’s city limits. The park’s permanent off-leash area was created in 1999 and contains nine acres with several access points, including a separate gated-off area south of the main entrance for smaller and more timid dogs. The park has winding trails and a flat play area and most of the trails are also wheelchair accessible.

Related: Best Dog Walking Services In Seattle

Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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