Fall in Northeast Ohio is definitely one of the best times of the year. The Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley are at their peak, with beautiful fall foliage at every turn, and the weather is perfect – warm during the day, cool at night. Although I am always sad when summer ends, I do really love this time of year. I just wish it was followed immediately by summer again, not winter.
So to make it through the horrible winter we are predicted to have, here are some fun things to do with your dog this fall before it gets so cold you never want to leave your house again.
Hike the Parks
Not only is the Cuyahoga National Valley Park one of the most beautiful national parks in the country, but the Metroparks are beautiful as well. Hunter and I have a lot of favorites, but for the best fall foliage we recommend the North Olmsted part of the Rocky River Reservation. Go to the Nature Center there and take the trail behind that that leads to a staircase with one of the best views in NE Ohio. We also really love any trail in the South Chagrin Reservation as well. Make a day of it and hit up Chagrin Falls for some window shopping and ice cream with your dog. The Metroparks also host a number of pack walks during the fall, so check their site for details.
Nothing screams fall like a pumpkin patch. It’s the perfect fall activity, so don’t leave your dog at home when you go out in search of your pumpkin this year. There are a few pumpkin patches around the NE Ohio area that are dog friendly, in particular, Patterson Fruit Farm and Pick n’ Save Orchard. So put a sweater on your dog and bring him along!
Although I am not much a camper, if I did go camping (and one night is really all I could handle) I would definitely bring along my dog. There are several dog friendly camping grounds in NE Ohio, but many have pet fees so make sure to call ahead so you’re not surprised upon arrival. Country Acres Campground in Ravenna is one local campground that I know doesn’t charge an additional pet fee. If you want to make a fall road trip out of it, both Charles Mill Lake Park and Campgrounds in Mansfield and many cabins in Hocking Hills are dog friendly as well.
This might not be the ideal activity for every dog, but you can take your dog canoeing at many canoe sites around Ohio. At Mohican Adventures in Loudonville, (about 30 minutes south of Cleveland) you can take your dog canoeing as long as they are on a short leash. A little closer to home, Hinckley Lake allows dogs in their motorized rowboats. Visit their site for for more info.
The month of October will be full of Halloween events for you and your dog. Check back next week for my list of what Halloween events to hit up with your dog. Time to start planning his/her costume!
What is your favorite fall activity with your dog?