Cute Bull DogsIf you’re a dog owner in Oak Ridge you’re lucky to have some great places to go dog walking in your area.

It’s Father’s Day.  The weather forecast is beautiful.  All you dog Dad’s out there, what better time to get out and celebrate the day with your dog “kid.”  If you’re trying to brainstorm some ideas of where to go, I’ve got 4 perfect places to take your dog walking in Oak Ridge.

1. Melton Lake Greenway trail What better place to take a dog walk then along the river?  The Melton Lake Greenway trail runs 3.4 miles along the Clinch river and the popular rowing course.  Recently a newly constructed pavilion has been added to the marina area perfect for a picnic lunch.  There are plenty of places for a quick refreshing dip by fido, and it’s in the works to extend the greenway to 5.6 miles and connect with Haw Ridge park.  It is a sunny walk so it’s best saved for the cooler times of day.

2. Haw Ridge Park With over 700 acres and close to 30 miles of trails, it’s the perfect place to spend the day exploring with your dog.  The park is located on a scenic peninsula on the Clinch River and offers a variety of terrains ranging from wildflower fields, hilly forests, and water access. The area will soon be even easier to access as the Melton Lake greenway is extended to connect to Haw Ridge Park.

3. University of Tennessee ArboretumOak Ridge is lucky enough to be home to UT’s 250 acre research and recreational facility commonly know as the Arboretum. There are multiple trails criss-crossing the land that will allow you and your dog to 3227902047_d9f52a4205explore the 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens living there.  The fall is an especially beautiful time with many of the trees putting on a show with their changing leaves.

4. Petsafe Dog Park (coming fall 2013) Soon Oak Ridge will be home to it’s first dog park.   PetSafe has put $100,000 to support Oak Ridge City in building an off-leash  dog park for which construction is expected to begin in the Fall of 2013.   A draft design and rules have already been developed, and the park will be built within the already established Big Turtle park on the west end of the city.

So where you are headed off to today with your dog?  Any other places that you love to take your dog in the Oak Ridge area?  Let me know about them in the comments below.

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