The Dog Commons On-Leash Trails

Couple walking their dog on the dog trails

Welcome to the place for dogs at the Arboretum! 

As part of Nature-Based Therapeutics at the Arboretum, the Dog Commons On-Leash Trails is a place where two-legged and four-legged visitors discover opportunities for physical activity, education, socialization and emotional restoration. It incorporates trails and interpretive messaging with opportunities for seasonal outdoor activities with a canine companion. 

This area is not "just an on-leash dog trail." It is about the entire experience of being outside in a plant-rich landscape with an animal companion. A goal of the Dog Commons is to inspire a shift from walking the dog as a chore to walking the dog as a mindful and restorative experience that benefits health and well-being for humans and pets.

Parking & Access Directions

  • From our main gatehouse, follow the signs past the parking lots towards the Learning Center.
  • Veer right at the Learning Center, then left up the hill when you get to the gate.
  • Entry to the Dog Commons is on the right (west) edge of overflow parking.