New Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Attractions: October 2021

Posted by Billy Francis

The most colorful time of year is here, but it isn’t just the vibrant trees that signify new beginnings this month. It’s time for Fido to slip on his pumpkin costume and “fall” for these October offerings.

Fetch Park

Columbus, GA
Mario, Luigi, and Fido. Photo by

When it opened in 2018, Fetch Park in Atlanta, GA, quickly became the ATL's place to be for the canine community. Dogs elsewhere in Georgia can rejoice as the four-legged favorite just opened another dog park bar in downtown Columbus. Just like the flagship location, the latest Fetch Park has a minor league baseball aesthetic and is equipped with everything you and your dog could desire during a day out. While you grab a beer or coffee from The Airstream, Fido can play ball with other pups on the green space, then head to one of the cooling stations to relax. Daily passes are $10, monthly memberships are $30 and annual memberships are $270.

The Great Circle Trail

Millinocket, ME
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Stride out on an unforgettable adventure with your leashed pooch along the Great Circle Trail, a new 30-mile hiking trail loop near Millinocket, ME. Over five years in the making, this recently completed pet-friendly pathway winds through Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land and connects with the Appalachian Trail along the way. If you come prepared for the serious challenge of thru-hiking the whole thing, you’ll be rewarded with waterfall views, swimming holes, gorges, and epic overlooks that offer panoramic views of the Katahdin Region backcountry. Less-experienced hikers can enjoy shorter sections of the trail instead.

The Hammond Creek Dog Park

Lawrenceburg, KY
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The City of Lawrenceburg decided to reward four-legged family members in the central Kentucky town with a new dog park. Located just a few blocks from downtown, Hammond Creek Dog Park is a 5-acre recreation space with separate areas for small and large dogs. Both sections of the park are equipped with agility equipment, boulders, benches, shelters and a colorful fire hydrant. If you want to contribute to the upkeep of the park, purchase a memorial brick in honor of your best friend.

Ruff House Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN
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Dogs who enjoy hijinks will love a trip to Ruff House Fort Wayne. The newest place in town for pups to play and stay offers daycare, boarding, an indoor dog park and self-wash bathing tubs. Home to Fort Wayne’s only climate-controlled play area, Ruff House boasts over 6,000 square feet of artificial turf, divided into two sections where small and large dogs can play freely and safely. Tennis balls and other toys are provided. Day passes are $12 and monthly memberships are $99. Daycare and boarding are priced separately.

Pour Dog House

Millersville, MD
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“Paw” a pint and head to the pet-friendly patio at Millersville’s newest and dog-friendliest bar, Pour Dog House. With dog beers available from behind the bar, your pooch can join you as you raise a glass to your brand new haunt that has the welcoming vibe of a traditional pub. He can even enjoy his beer guilt-free, safe in the knowledge that a portion of the proceeds go to local animal charities to help other pups find their forever homes.

Dog Park at Van Raalte

Holland, MI
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Dog Park at Van Raalte is the first fenced space in Holland city limits. The park has been unofficially open for a while now, but dogs and their owners, plus the local K-9 unit and handlers handing out ice cream and free dog treats, celebrated the double gates swinging open for real with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the tail end of September. The recreation space located in Van Raalte Farm offers much more than your average dog park, including heated restrooms, a dog-washing station and walking paths to explore with your leashed pooch.

The Champaign County Animal Welfare League Dog Park

Mechanicsburg, OH
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The Champaign County Animal Welfare League has added a fenced outdoor dog park and several miles of pet-friendly trails to their ever-growing canine campus. The popular facility is already home to an indoor dog park, complete grooming area, petting zoo, and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Mechanicsburg mutts can enjoy access to everything for a membership fee of $100, which goes toward the upkeep of the trails and all other amenities.

Do you know any new pet-friendly attractions opening this month? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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