Dog Friendly Activities in Ann Arbor, MI

There are 10 dog friendly activities in Ann Arbor. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Ann Arbor.

Pet Friendly Swift Run Dog Park
Swift Run Dog Park The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission welcomes dog owners and their pets to visit Swift Run Dog Park. The park is an outdoor space established for registered dog owners to allow their dogs to legally run free off-leash. There is 10 acres of grassy fields with separate fenced runs for large and small dogs. See Details
Pet Friendly Olson Dog Park
Olson Dog Park Pets will love to play off-leash in this fenced dog run at Ann Arbor's Olson Park. Passes from town hall required for access. See Details
Argo Park Canoe & Kayak BringFido and rent a canoe or kayak for a leisurely trip down the water. Enjoy a peaceful day on the river as you spot turtles, cranes, ducks and swans. Hours and rates vary per itinerary. Dogs welcome on all vessels except inflatables. See Details
University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Nichols Arboretum is pet-friendly. Although the botanical gardens are off the cards for dogs, pups are welcome to join their owners on the trails around the arboretum. Enjoy the varied fauna from the pet-friendly trails with your leashed pup. Nichols Arboretum is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk; free admission. See Details
Gallup Park Gallup Park is pet-friendly. Gallup comprises 69 acres, including 3 miles of paved trails. It's situated across an area of the Huron River and offers great views to visitors. It's also adjacent to the Furstenberg Nature Area. There are bathrooms and pleasant picnic places along the way. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the trails with their owners. See Details
Barton Nature Area ​Barton Nature Area is a dog friendly, 102-acre park located along the Huron River on Huron River Drive, a few miles north of downtown. The park is in two sections: the larger is known locally as the oxbow, and connects to Argo; the smaller is known as Foster, and is accessible only by boat from Barton Pond. The main parking lot is located on Huron River Dr, just northwest of Bird Rd, near Barton Dam. A smaller pull-off lot is located further east on Huron River Dr near M-14 and Main St. Bridges from the parking areas allow pedestrian access to the oxbow. There is a picnic area next to the main parking lot. Dogs must remain leashed at all times. See Details
Delhi Metropark Delhi Metropark is a dog friendly park located five miles northwest of Ann Arbor. Dogs must remain leashed and are not permitted in nature and farm areas, on beaches or in buildings. Breathe in the sweet smell of 53 acres of mature oak trees and open, grassy lawns. Nestled against a bend in the Huron River, this is a popular fishing and canoeing destination. Spot a great blue heron hiding along the shore, turtles basking on a rock or a white-tailed deer roaming the grounds. A picnic shelter is available near the Huron River. Park admission passes apply. Check their website for current rates. See Details
Broadway Park Broadway Park is a dog friendly, 5-acre park located off Broadway along the Huron River. It connects to Riverside Park by an asphalt path and has a staircase to Broadway crossing under the bridge. It has mostly open field area with clusters of trees and shrubs and features a great stretch of river for canoeing. This park features a dog run where Fido can run off leash. An annual off-leash dog permit is required for access to the designated off-leash areas. See Details
Fuller Park ​​Fuller Park is a dog friendly, 60-acre recreation area located on Fuller Road and Maiden Lane. The perimeter of the park is the Huron River, with a pedestrian bridge connection to Island Park. The play area was designed and built by the community and is one of the largest in the City. There are picnic tables located near the play area, and parking both at the park and across Fuller Road. An accessible asphalt path connects to the play area and pool facilities. Doggie paddle days at the pool are held once a year. Check their website and social media pages for current event schedule. See Details
Catching Fireflies Catching Fireflies is a whimsical gift gallery in Ann Arbor, MI. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to shop with you for fun and nostalgic goodies for every occasion. See Details
Mill Pond Dog Park If your pet needs to cool off, bring them down to this waterfront off-leash dog park. Fenced on three sides with river access on the fourth. See Details
Lyon Oaks Dog Park Lyon Oaks in Wixom, preserves 800 acres of environmentally-sensitive wetlands within a 1,041-acre park. Park features a 13-acre fenced dog park, day-use area with picnic shelter, playground and recreation fields, and approximately 6 miles of trails for biking, cross-country skiing, and on-leash dog walking. The 13-acre, fenced dog park includes a separate small dog area, benches, picnic tables, and water fountains. It is a great place for your pet to play off-leash. The park has an entry fee of $5 per day. See Details
Arise Church Dog Park The Arise Community Dog Park is a free, open to the public dog park. It is a 2 acre fenced in area where dog owners can bring their dogs for unleashed socialization, exercise and play with other dogs. It is located at 11211 Dexter-Pinckney Rd, just south of Darwin Rd, about one mile south of the Pinckney High School. Please park only in the designated area. Purpose: We believe that God created people to be in community, and that we are at our best when we're in relationship to one another. Therefore, we provide this dog park not only as a fun safe place where dogs can get good exercise, but our greatest hope is that dog owners will make friends here and enjoy great conversations together. See Details
Heritage Park Pets are welcome on-leash at this Canton public park, which is working on creating an off-leash dog run as well. See Details
Community Park Dogs will go wild for the chance to play off-leash at this fenced, 4-acre park. There are plenty of shade trees at this 'popular locale. Non-Northville residents are now permitted to purchase passes for the Community Park Dog Park. See Details
Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail) The Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in New Hudson! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Paw Run Recreation Area Pets love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with agility equipment, ponds, trails and benches. Some breed restrictions, membership required. See Details
Cady Street Dog Park Northville pets will love to play off-leash at this small, fenced neighborhood dog park. Mandatory 30-minute class required to get park pass. See Details
Maybury State Park Maybury State Park Contains almost 1,000 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadow, mature forest, a variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, the park gives people an opportunity to get involved in outdoor recreation activities in a state park setting. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Proud Lake Recreation Area Proud Lake Recreation Area is located on the scenic Huron River and offers diverse and plentiful recreational opportunities. More than 20 miles of trails cover several diverse habitats. It also offers the unique River Hawk Lodge. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Island Lake Recreation Area Island Lake Recreation Area has one of the nation's safest shooting ranges. The park has great canoeing, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, swimming and cabins to rent. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail) The Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in South Lyon! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Lakelands Trail State Park The Lakelands Trail State Park is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Whitmore Lake! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Lakelands Trail State Park. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Pinckney Recreation Area Pinckney Recreation Area is a paradise for backpackers, mountain bikers, anglers and other recreation enthusiasts. Pinckney is known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes. Over forty miles of multi-use trail with remote campsites afford a backcountry experience. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details