The Dog Commons On-Leash Trails
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 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.
- Drive past the Learning Center and then take the first left turn up the hill to overflow parking.
- Entry to Dog Commons is on the right (west) edge of overflow parking.
On-Leash Dog Trails Distinctive Features
- 65 acre on-leash dog trail system; two main trails of varied length, linked by short connector trails
- Portable outhouse at the front entrance to the Dog Commons
- Easy access and convenient parking
- Water fountain for both dogs and people at the front entrance to the Dog Commons
- Dog waste bags and receptacles situated along the trails