Tired of walking your dog in the neighborhood? Or maybe the streets in your area are just not safe for walking. I have some great alternates for you and your dog to
try out close to home. Please note these suggestions are all for on-leash experiences.
Thorpe Park – Not a huge park, but a great paved trial, easy to walk your dog and usually lots of activity for training. Close to Minnetonka Blvd and Chowens corner.
One of my favorite areas to walk in Excelsior is the Commons downtown area. Parking can be little tricky during peak hours, so just be aware of events going on in town. You have choices of walking your dog on the sidewalks through the commons,downtown or in the grassy area along the lake. The Commons area has some of the best
views of Lake Minnetonka. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the beach areas.
Baker Regional Park – Located just north of Maple Plain. Some great trails with up to 12.5 miles of trains. Please refer to their website for trails that you can enjoy with your dog. http://www.threeriversparks.org/activities/dog-trails.aspx. This park also provides trails for Skijoring in the winter.
The City of Minnetonka has a ton of great parks and areas to walk your dog.
Purgatory Park – One of my favorites for walking dogs, it’s close to Excelsior Blvd and Hwy 101. The park has a main loop that is 1.2 miles in length, just the right
size trail for even the small dogs. The park also has bathrooms and a picnic area.
Big Willow Park – Off of Minnetonka Blvd, close to Minnetonka Mills area. A beautiful park with lots of different trails to walk.
Here is a link for some of the other parks in Minnetonka:
Mound/ Minnetrista area
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park – Hwy 7 and CoRd 44. The park has some nice sidewalks/grass areas for walking your dog, along with some unpaved trails in the woods.
This park has a variety of places to park and you can find a map of the area at
Downtown area of Mound. Enjoy a nice stroll with your dog along the Andrew Sisters trail and the city sidewalks. You can also tie in to the Three Rivers trail
system, just not suggested during peak bicycling times on summer weekends.
Orono/ Long Lake
Hardin Park 141 Glenmoor Lane in Long Lake. Looks like a normal city park with tennis courts and playground equipment, but it also has a nice paved walking trails and
it ties into the Luce Line Trail too.
Luce Line trial – various areas places to park and jump on for a walk with your dog. This trial is gravel, so it does limit the other types of traffic to a minimum.
Just stroll through town on the sidewalks with your dog. This area is great for socializing puppies or shy dogs. You and your dog can enjoy the great views of Lake Minnetonka with a cup of coffee (Starbucks or Caribou Coffee – your choice).