Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Bloomington, IN

There are 9 dog friendly hiking trails in Bloomington. 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 Bloomington.

Pet Friendly Griffy Lake Nature Preserve
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Dogs are welcome on nature and hiking trails but must be leashed at all times. See Details
Pet Friendly Bloomington Rail Trail
Bloomington Rail Trail The Bloomington 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 Bloomington! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Bloomington 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
Clear Creek Trail The Clear Creek 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 Bloomington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Clear Creek 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
Scarlet Oak Woods Scarlet Oak Woods is pet-friendly. If you look up to the canopy, you'll notice the stunning scarlet oak trees that are especially beautiful during fall. This nature preserve protects upland forest full of native flora and fauna. Bring your leashed pooch on the short trail that follows a ridge along the length of the property with deep valleys on either side. There's also a creek that runs through the area. The main trail is just half a mile in length. See Details
The Cedars Preserve The Cedars Preserve is pet-friendly. Take a walk with your leashed dog on the 1.4-mile trail through the 20-acre stand of eastern red cedars on this public area. The Cedars Preserve is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Leonard Springs Nature Park Leonard Springs Nature Park is pet-friendly. The two main trails in the park are the Leonard Springs Trail at just over a mile in length, rugged, wood chipped, natural trail that has steep slopes and stairs with views of a wetland, two caves, Shirley Springs, and several other natural wonders. The other trail is the much shorter Ridgetop Road that extends into the park. Leonard Springs Nature Park is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Porter West Preserve Porter West Preserve is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch for a walk on the moderate mowed trail that winds around 2.5-miles of this preserve. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for sinkholes and a spring along the south edge of the woods. There's also a historic cemetery and wildlife ponds, plus wildflowers during spring. Porter West Preserve is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Ghurye Arboretum Ghurye Arboretum is pet-friendly. Take a walk on the mowed path that leads for 1.4-miles through this natural area nestled in the Marlin Hills neighborhood on Bloomington’s far north side. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. Ghurye Arboretum is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve is pet-friendly. This special nature preserve is located in the middle of Monroe Lake, which is designated an Important Bird Area. Explore the 1.7 miles of lake frontage on Lake Monroe, the largest inland lake in the state. Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Brown County State Park Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and at some campsites. See Details
Morgan-Monroe State Forest Morgan-Monroe State Forest is pet-friendly. The second largest state forest in Indiana is home to a variety of trails that weave around beautiful surroundings, which include more than 25,000 acres in Morgan and Monroe counties in south central Indiana. The original settlers of the area cleared and attempted to farm the ridges, but were frustrated by rocky soil unsuitable for agriculture. The state purchased the eroded, abandoned land to create Morgan-Monroe State Forest beginning in 1929. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails. See Details
Canyon Forest Nature Preserve Canyon Forest Nature Preserve is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch on this moderate 1.5-mile trail that leads through a lovely forest. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. Canyon Forest Nature Preserve is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Lake Lemon Woods Lake Lemon Woods is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch for a walk on this wooded hillside on the north side of Lake Lemon. The main trail is rated moderate and only half a mile in length. Lake Lemon Woods is open every day of the week from 7am to sunset. See Details
Powell Preserve Powell Preserve is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pooch on the easy 1-mile trail that winds through this diverse mix of habitats that includes forested hills, bottomland woods, and a prairie planting with native wildflowers and grasses. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the area. Powell Preserve is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve is pet-friendly. Named for a 200-foot bluff over Beanblossom Creek, this preserve features a rare stand of native eastern hemlock trees. It also protects over 100 acres of forested wetlands. Leashed dogs are welcome on the two trails. Yellowwood Trail is 2.6 miles roundtrip and Bottomland Trail is a moderate 0.7 mile loop. Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details