12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide parks

Looking for parks to walk your dog? Here are 12, 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 12 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.

2. Belair

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.

4. Greenhill

A small park bordering Chambers Gully and Cleland Conservation Park, Greenhill Recreation Park has rewarding views over the Adelaide Plains.

5. Marino

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.

8. Shepherds Hill

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.

10. Totness

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. 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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