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The Best Places to Walk Your Dog in Seattle

With its many parks, trails, and greenbelts, Seattle offers a wide range of options for dog-friendly walks. Here are our five favorite places to walk your dog in the Emerald City, starting with Discovery Park!


In case you didn’t know, January is National Walk Your Dog Month and February 22nd is National Walking the Dog Day — so, what better way is there to celebrate than by checking out one or all of these fantastic places to walk your pooch in Seattle?

But first, we recommend outfitting yourself in this Never Walk Alone gear from Dog is Good.

Discovery Park (pictured above) Located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, this is the largest park in the city, and it offers a variety of trails to explore with your furry friend. You can take a leisurely stroll through the meadows, head down to the beach for some fresh air, or explore several miles of trails through the forest.

Green Lake Park This is a popular spot for dog walking, with a 3.2-mile paved path around the lake. The path is also popular with joggers, bikers, and skaters, so it’s a great place to get some exercise and socialize with other pet owners. There is also a one-acre dog park near Woodland Park Zoo for some off-leash fun.

Alki Beach This beach in West Seattle is a great place to take your dog for a walk, with a 2.5-mile long path along the water. The views of the city and Puget Sound are gorgeous, and your dog will love the sand and the water. There are also several restaurants and coffee shops along the way, so you can grab a bite to eat or a drink after your walk.

Burke-Gilman Trail This long, paved trail is great for a long walk with your dog. It stretches for 27 miles through the city, and you can start at any point along the way. The trail is very popular with bikers and joggers, so you’ll have plenty of company along the way.

Washington Park Arboretum This is a beautiful 230-acre arboretum that has a number of trails and a boardwalk through the wetlands. It’s a great place to take your dog for a peaceful walk, and you’ll both enjoy the stunning gardens and the variety of plants and wildlife.

We hope this list of best places to walk your dog in Seattle helps you find some great spots to explore with your furry friend. Remember to always keep your dog on a leash and to clean up after them to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone!

Be sure to visit the CityDog Directory for more great places to sit, stay and play with your pooch in Seattle plus discover special deals and discounts from our CityDog Partners!

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Editor’s Note: CityDog participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commission on editorially chosen products. Rest-assured, all products are curated by our editors and we never recommend or promote anything we wouldn’t use or enjoy ourselves.


about the author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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