Best Dog Runs In Minnesota

March 27, 2015 7:00 AM

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Sometimes dogs just want to run free without the restraints of leashes. Owners just want to make sure their dogs aren’t going to run so free that they lose them. The great thing about this list of dog run areas in the Twin Cities is that both dog and owner will be happy with both the freedom and security that these parks provide. For more ideas on places to take your pooch, check out our list of Best Dog Parks In the Twin Cities.

Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

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Battle Creek Dog Park
E. Upper Afton Road and S. McKnight Road
Maplewood, Saint Paul, MN 55119
(651) 748-2500

For a place to run year-round, head to this beautiful, fully fenced-in park. You’ll find multiple ponds, wide areas to run and walking paths through tall pine trees. Once the dog tires from running or swimming, there are benches for relaxing. Both parking and entry to the park are free but donations are always welcome.

Dale Road Open Space And Off-Leash Dog Park
11664 Dale Road
Woodbury, MN 55129
(651) 714-3500

Dogs can take their pick of romping in the fenced-in dog run areas or darting along the nature trails of this peaceful park. The dog run section is separated for small and large dogs to reduce any conflict and keep pets safer. The trails are set among farm fields and wooded, hilly areas. There are lots of routes in the park so you have your option of a short stroll, lengthy jaunt or anything in between.

Bryant Lake Regional Dog Park

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Bryant Lake Regional Park
6800 Rowland Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(763) 694-7764

Fenced-in off leash areas as well as dog trails provide lots of ample space for dogs to run at Bryant Lake Regional Park. As part of the Three Rivers Park District, this doggy spot is well-maintained and clean. After a good romp, there is fresh water available here for dogs to drink. Restrooms and shaded sitting areas offer comfort for owners, too.

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Bloomington Off-Leash Recreation Area
W. 111 St. between Newbitt Ave. and Hampshire Ave.
Bloomington, MN 55438
(952) 563-8877

Twenty-five acres of fully fenced-in nirvana exists for dogs at the Bloomington Off-Leash Recreation Area. The expansive, grassy areas allow for dogs to run free to their heart’s content; just make sure you have voice control over them so they don’t sprint too far. If you’re not looking to take advantage of the trails, there are sitting areas for both dog and owner to either relax or socialize. Another perk is plenty of parking and entrance to the park is free.

Alimagnet Dog Park

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Alimagnet Dog Park
1200 Alimagnet Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 953-2300

Alimagnet has a special dog run area reserved for dogs who are small, elderly, injured or are timid around other dogs. This area is fenced in, just as the main dog run area is, and provides freedom and safety for special-needs dogs looking for exercise and socialization. Alimagnet provides waste-bags and a free dog-washing station during the summer months. It is open 365 days a year from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. and is lit before dawn and after dusk.

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Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on