Looking for parks to walk your dog? Here are 17, including a hidden gem where you can let your pet off lead.
Dogs are welcome at many of South Australia’s national parks – but owners must take the lead.
When exploring SA’s parks pop a leash (no longer than 2 metres) on your four-legged friend and pick up their poo – our native wildlife will thank you.
Why take the lead? Check out our dogs in national parks blog for more.
Here are 17 dog-friendly parks for you to visit in metropolitan Adelaide:
1. Anstey Hill
Be sure to visit Anstey Hill Recreation Park in spring when the wildflowers and orchids are in bloom.
With beautiful natural bushland and featuring numerous picnic areas, tennis courts and walking trails, Belair National Park is an ideal place to get active outdoors.
3. Brownhill Creek
A popular bushland area, Brownhill Creek Recreation Park covers 51 hectares and is located just eight kilometres from Adelaide.
A small park bordering Chambers Gully and Cleland Conservation Park, Greenhill Recreation Park has rewarding views over the Adelaide Plains.
Explore Marino Conservation Park along the designated walking trail and fire access tracks and take in the stunning scenic views over Brighton, Glenelg, Grange and the Marino Rocks Lighthouse.
6. O’Halloran Hill
Explore O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park along its network of walking trails, horse riding trails and fire tracks. Shade from the regenerated grey box eucalypts and river red gums provide the perfect spot for a picnic.
7. Para Wirra
Para Wirra Conservation Park offers a beautiful bushland setting, as well as recreational facilities and a sports oval ideal for a lazy afternoon game of cricket.
Shepherds Hill Recreation Park features an old railway tunnel, the remains of a viaduct and a 360 degree view of the surrounding Adelaide plains, coastline and hills.
9. Sturt Gorge
Sturt Gorge Recreation Park conserves the nationally threatened Greybox Grassy Woodland vegetation and is home to a rock formation known as Sturt tillite, believed to have formed 800 million years ago.
Totness Recreation Park is a hidden gem. The trails are easy to walk and includes a boardwalk and space for picnics at the water’s edge.
11. Onkaparinga River
There is lots to do at Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, wander along the wetland boardwalks, ride a bicycle on the shared use trails, kayak the calm waters or just be at peace with nature.
12. Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
Nestled between Golden Grove and Salisbury, Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is an oasis in the suburbs. If you are visiting with the kids be sure to check out the magnificent Kites and Kestrels Playspace. Some of the trails in the park are bike trails only, so be sure to check out a map before you head off.
13. Ferguson Conservation Park
Just 10 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, Ferguson Conservation Park offers a network of short trails great for a quick stroll after work.
14. Morialta Conservation Park
Take your pooch on a family picnic at Morialta Conservation Park and sit back while the kids explore Adelaide’s biggest nature playground. Dogs are only allowed in the Morialta picnic area and along Morialta Falls Road to the Morialta Falls car park.
15. Mount George Conservation Park
A popular park for bushwalkers and birdwatchers, Mount George Conservation Park boasts superb views of the surrounding hills. Your dog is welcome within the recreation zone between Mount George Road and Cox Creek.
16. Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve
If you’re heading to Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve don’t forget to download the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail app. You can learn about this unique dune system by listening to the audio walking tours.
17. Blackwood Forest
Last but not least is Blackwood Forest Recreation Park. As long as your dog remains under effective control its welcome to explore this park off lead. There are plenty of paths to follow and some great historical buildings to discover.
Visited a national park with your dog lately? Leave a comment below and share your experiences, tips, photos and recommendations for other dog owners.
This story was originally posted in November 2015.
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