5 dog-friendly trails in Hamilton to explore this summer


Published May 23, 2023 at 3:05 pm

Krispy enjoying the off-leash area at Harmony Valley Dog Park. Photo by Diane Levola

Summers are the perfect time to embark on outdoor adventures with your four-legged buddies, and what better way to connect with nature and make the most of the season than by hitting some pet-friendly trails in the city?

Hamilton boasts a variety of scenic trails that are not only great for human hikers but also welcome furry friends with open paws.

Here are Hamilton’s top 5 pet-friendly trails to venture into this season:

Scenic Iroquoia Walk

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If you’re seeking a scenic and dog-friendly hike, look no further than the Scenic Iroquoia Walk in Ancaster. This easy trail combines hard-packed earth and pavement, making it ideal for people who don’t hike regularly. You and your furry companion can enjoy a leisurely stroll through tranquil forests and rolling meadows. Remember to adhere to trail etiquette and keep your dog on a leash to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail

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This trail spans approximately 7 km and follows the path of an old railway line. It offers a mix of paved and unpaved sections, ensuring a comfortable experience for both hikers and their furry companions. As you explore the trail, you’ll be treated to views of the lush Dundas Valley, picturesque waterfalls, and charming wooden bridges. Keep in mind that dogs must be kept on a leash and under control to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all trail users.

Felker’s Falls

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Nestled in East Hamilton Mountain, Felker’s Falls offers a rewarding hiking experience with your furry friend. This easy trail incorporates hard-packed earth paths and occasional stairs, adding a touch of adventure to your walk. The highlight of this pet-friendly hike is undoubtedly the breathtaking waterfall that awaits you at the trail’s end. Remember to exercise caution on the stairs and keep your dog on a leash for their safety.

Upper King’s Forest Park

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Nestled in the heart of Hamilton, Upper King’s Forest Park is a bit of a hidden gem. This expansive park boasts numerous trails that wind through forests, meadows, and streams. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more vigorous hike, Upper King’s Forest Park has options for every skill level. With its pet-friendly policy, you can enjoy the trails with your dog. Remember to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them.

Crooks Hollow Heritage

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Located in Flamborough, the Crooks Hollow Heritage Walk offers a fun experience for both you and your furry friend. This easy trail features well-maintained paths that wind through picturesque natural surroundings. With its hard-packed earth surface, the trail is perfect for dogs to explore and lead the way. Along the way, you’ll encounter streams and historical landmarks that add charm to your hike. Remember to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them to preserve the trail’s beauty for future visitors.

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