12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide parks

Discover Adelaide’s best dog-friendly walks, including a hidden gem where you can let your pet off its lead.

Certain parks in South Australia provide visitors with an opportunity to walk their dog. In these parks dogs must remain on designated walking trails and on a lead.

One of the main reasons dog access is restricted in national parks is to protect native animals. It is also important for your dog’s safety. Check out our previous post about dogs in national parks for all the details.

Here are 12 dog-friendly parks in metropolitan Adelaide for you to visit with your furry friend:

1. Anstey Hill Recreation Park

Anstey Hill Recreation Park conserves rare vegetation once widespread throughout the Adelaide Plains and Mount Lofty Ranges. Be sure to visit in spring when the wildflowers and orchids are in bloom.

2. Belair National Park

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 Recreation Park

This popular bushland recreation area covers 51 hectares and is located just eight kilometres from Adelaide.

4. Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

Discover the ruins of one of the area’s first European farms and explore the park’s woodlands and open grasslands. Dogs are welcome on designated dog walking trails.

5. Marino Conservation Park

Marino Conservation Park conserves the last remaining stands of coastal heath vegetation along this part of the coast. Dogs are welcome on designated dog walking trails.

6. Morialta Conservation Park

Dogs are welcome from the Morialta picnic area, along Morialta Falls Road to the Morialta Falls car park.

7. Mount George Conservation Park

Dogs are welcome in the recreation zone of this park, between Mount George Road and Cox Creek. Dogs are not permitted in the conservation zone of this park.

8. O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park

O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park can be explored via 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.

9. Para Wirra Recreation Park

This park offers a beautiful bushland setting, many recreational facilities and a sports oval ideal for a lazy afternoon game of cricket.

10. Shepherds Hill Recreation Park

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.

11. Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Internationally recognised as an area of conservation and geological significance this 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.

12. Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

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. Located at the corner of Main Road and Turners Avenue, Hawthorndene, 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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