The Best Three Walks for Dogs in Greensboro
With over 90 miles of trails and greenways to enjoy in Greensboro, there are plenty of opportunities to get out walking or hiking with your dog.
Most dogs require at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, and what’s better than getting out with your dog so you can both breathe in some fresh North Carolina air?
If you’re looking for the best walks in the area, John Woods from All Things Dogs is here to share some of his favorite dog friendly walks in Greensboro, along with how long they’ll take and what you can expect from each one.
He will also share some top tips for walking your dog in a considerate way.
Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway
This Greenway is the only current Rail Trail in Greensboro and one of 1,600 rail-trails supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. This nonprofit organization works towards creating a large network of trails for hiking, cycling, and walking dogs, using old rail lines.
The Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway used to be known as Lake Brandt Greenway and has been merged together with a few different Greenways. There are a few different access points and places to park including Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Bur-Mil Park.
This is a really nice quiet spot which is less crowded than other popular trails in the area. As with all public parks in Greensboro, please keep your dog on a leash at all times. This walk has plenty of beautiful scenery and is very well kept.
One thing to bear in mind with this walk is that there is nowhere to dispose of bags, so you’ll either need to have Fido use the bathroom before setting off, or be prepared to pick up after him and hold on until you can find the trash.
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Concrete, and Asphalt
The Greensboro Arboretum is a 17-acre beautiful garden with structural features and an extensive variety of plants.
The garden is open year round and the best thing about it? It’s free and pet-friendly!
It’s a really great place to take your dog for a walk. You will need to keep them on leash during your walk, but there are plenty of places to explore and discover.
Another one of Greensboro’s public gardens, the Bog Garden is a particular favorite for guests with dogs. This garden has an elevated boardwalk which meanders through seven acres of wetlands.
Length: 17 acres of land
Trail surfaces: Paved, Wood Chip, and Grass
The Country Park has a Bark Park which is a specific park dedicated to dogs. While in the Bark Park, dogs are free to walk off leash and enjoy running around with other dogs.
There are seven picnic shelters around the park, so this could be the ideal place to spend an afternoon with your dog, enjoying some food too.
There are three different parking lots, depending on where you want to enter the park from. This park has extensive walking trails and two ponds to walk around.
There is plenty of space for your pup to run around and play fetch, as well as three separate areas of grassy fields and woodsy trails to explore.
Trail surfaces: Grassy, Woodland, and Concrete
Tips for Walking Your Dog in Greensboro
Whether you live in the area, or you’re just visiting and look for a dog-friendly place to walk your pooch, you need to make sure that you are responsible and that your dog is well behaved.
Here are a few tips for being considerate whilst you walk your dog.
Pick Up Rubbish
If you drop any rubbish, make sure you pick up after yourself. This includes anything you use during a picnic. If you want to go the extra mile, you could even take a small bag and pick up any rubbish that you see lying around.
Carry Doggy Bags
If your dog needs to go toilet, make sure you carry dog bags to pick up after him and dispose of them in a dedicated place. Most dog walks have disposal areas where you can get rid of your dog’s waste to keep areas clean.
Ensure Your Dog is Well Behaved
Always make sure your dog is well behaved before heading out to public places. You don’t want a walk a dog that is not well leash trained and pulls you all over the place. Not only will this not be ideal for you, but it also puts other dog walkers and people on edge seeing an unruly dog taking their owner for a walk!