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Blendon Woods Metro Park

Blendon Woods Metro Park is a dog-friendly, 653-acre public park in Westerville, OH, that has its own designated dog trail, which includes a doggie drinking fountain. Be careful of ticks in warm weather. Visit Website

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Blendon Woods Metro Park has received a rating of 1.8 out of 5 bones by 10 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 44 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Bri
    Jul. 21, 2022

    This is the closest metropark to us, and I find it very disappointing that they're so dog-discriminatory there. As someone else mentioned, there's only one actual trail that allows dogs. You could technically go there and walk around the main non-trail areas, but it's kind of a waste. I highly do not recommend the one dog trail they have - it's nothing but grass and not always maintained properly. In the summer, flea and tick city.

  • Erin
    May. 15, 2022
    Solid Local Spot

    The Goldenrod Trail is the only trail at this park that permits dogs. The trail is a little over a mile long and it took our Doxie mix 22 minutes to walk it. It could be muddy in spots if it had just rained, but we didn’t have any issues today.

  • Mike
    Feb. 11, 2022
    Good for locals

    People who live far away shouldn't drive here as there's not a lot in the way of dog activities. Yes, it can be muddy like all trails in Ohio at certain times of the year. Yes, there can be ticks like in all Ohio woods in certain times of the year. I've taken my previous dog and current dog here many, many times and, aside from the occasional muddy spot at times, it's good. If you expect your dog to 'run free' off leash (which is stupid IMO) and/or get hours of exercise and/or you drive a long way to get here, you'll be disappointed. If you're local (within an hour's drive or so) and just want a nice leashed dog walk in and around the woods - maybe see a turkey or deer - this place is perfectly fine for that.

  • Joshua
    Sep. 7, 2020
    One Trail

    You can only take the dog on one trail. otherwise not bad.

  • Adrianne
    Jun. 22, 2020
    Mud!!! Very Disappointing!

    This path is all grass and mud! Very muddy! Would not recommend. It was a wasted trip.

  • Brittany
    Jun. 30, 2018
    Not worth it

    Disappointing to travel all the way here to find out that you can only take your dog on one measley trail, I planned on hiking sugarbush and after pulling up the sign says no dogs, the only option is goldenrod trail. The website says nothing about animals being prohibited on any of the trail info page, in order to find out which one we could go on, I had to go back to the home page scroll to the bottom and click on “Pets” but it doesn’t appear to be a hyperlink, (but it is) I found it out of spite. This is a beautiful park but don’t bother going if you’re taking your dog😢. The goldenrod trail is simply to easy, no ups or downs, wet even when it should be dry, it’s basically open fields that they’ve mowed on the outskirts, no cover, my dog was overheating. This park has such great potential, but sadly falls very short for dog lovers

  • Jacob
    More than a year ago

    I visited here with my dog and not only is there just one trail for dogs, but I found a tick crawling all over my leg when I was checking out the trail map! Will not be back with my dog.

  • Kelsey
    More than a year ago
    Not Intended for Dogs

    There was only ONE dog path and somewhere around 6 trails for people only (signs say no dogs allowed). The dog path is extremely easy, boring and only a mile long. Not what I expected when I brought my dog here. Such a short and disappointing trip for us.

  • Dan
    More than a year ago
    Hardly worth a visit.

    Same experience: too short and too wet. Seems to be a common theme in some other Columbus metro parks as well. Pick a spot that is not scenic and flooded and cut a path for the dogs (curious how their equipment doesn't get stuck). I suspect one of the reasons the nature trails (which are awesome) in the park are off limits to dogs is because some owners refuse to clean up after their pets.

  • Kimberly
    More than a year ago
    too short

    The dog-friendly loop is only 1.2 miles and a portion of it was so muddy we couldn't even walk through it.

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