Dog-friendly Kent is the perfect spot to bring your pooch. With acres of parks, miles of trails and off-leash spaces—your playful pet can run wild and make some new friends.
Ditch the leash
- The popular off-leash dog park at Morrill Meadows Park fits the bill for pups of all sizes and demeanors. If your dog is looking for some serious socializing, opt for the large area. The fenced-off section is nice for small and shy doggies. Due to construction, the dog park has been temporarily relocated and can be reached via 124th. Be sure to bring your own water, especially during summer months. Before or after play time, leash up and explore the park’s open spaces and forested trails.
- Kent’s Reber Ranch offers two off-leash dog parks: a space reserved for little pups and a large, turf-covered park for pooches of every size. (That means no muddy paws on rainy days.) While you’re there, pick up a treat or toy, or plan a doggie spa day. Reber Ranch has grown from humble beginnings as a feed store more than 30 years ago to a 14,000-square-foot retail space offering pet food, supplies, treats, toys, beds, supplements and more. You’ll also find grooming services, a do-it-yourself dog wash and vet hospital. An indoor dog park is opening soon, along with a wine and coffee bar. In other words, everyone wins.
Hit the park or trail
- Always a popular place to bring the pup, forested Clark Lake Park offers a rustic, serene setting complete with trails, bridges, boardwalks, meadows and Mount Rainier views.
- If you and your dog want to get back to nature in the city, opt for Lake Fenwick Park. This lush, green lakefront park is set on 141 acres and features trails and open space.
- Popular and scenic Lake Meridian Park is a favorite destination for local dog owners. Pups aren’t allowed on the beach or in the water, but ample open, grassy spaces and walking trails offer loads of entertainment.
- If you’re looking to hit the trail, Kent has you and your pet covered. Soos Creek Trail stretches six miles through woods, wetlands and meadows. The multi-route Kent Valley Loops Trail offers 30 miles of mostly flat, paved trails.
That’s just a sampling of what’s waiting for you and your furry friend in Kent. Learn about more things to do when you visit.
*Please note that all dogs must be on a leash in Kent parks, with exception to the off-leash dog parks.