Dog friendly hiking in the CLE

One of the great things about being a dog owner in Cleveland is the parks. Northeast Ohio parks are not only beautiful, but most are also very dog friendly. Since I’m always looking for something active for my dog to do other than the dog park, I love finding new dog friendly hiking trails.

In my search I came across this book – “Doggin’ Cleveland: The 50 Best Places to Hike with Dog in Northeast Ohio.”  Published in 2008, the book lists the 50 best places to take your dog for a hike and ranks them by hikes available, dog swimming opportunities, and how enjoyable the walk is. Although the book is unfortunately sold out on Amazon, the web site has some great info on dog-friendly parks and hikes throughout the region, including a “Best of the Best” list for the Cleveland area.

According to Doggin’ Cleveland, here some of the best parks/trails in NE Ohio:

DOG-FRIENDLIEST PARK
Towner’s Woods

BEST BEACH TO HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Lakeshore Reservation

BEST HIKE TO MEET OTHER DOGS
Sand Run Metro Park

BEST 1-HOUR WORKOUT FOR YOUR DOG
Adam Run Trail – Hampton Hills Metro Park

BEST CANINE HIKE TO A WATERFALL
Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Blue Hen Falls/Buttermilk Falls

BEST CANINE HIKE TO A VIEW
Fort Hill Trail – Rocky River Reservation

BEST HIKE TO CIRCLE A LAKE WITH YOUR DOG
Hudson Springs Park

BEST DOGGIE SWIMMING HOLE
Grand River/Paine Creek – Indian Point Park

BEST RAIL TRAIL FOR YOUR DOG
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

BEST PLACE TO HIKE ALL DAY WITH YOUR DOG
Hinckley Reservation

BEST 5-MILE HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Hemlock Trail/Castle Valley Trail/Squire’s Lane Trail – North Chagrin Reservation

PRETTIEST HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Holden Arboretum

BEST HALF-HOUR HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park

MOST HISTORIC HIKE FOR YOUR DOG
Squaw Rock Loop – South Chagrin Reservation

BEST HIKE THROUGH MEADOWS
Virginia Kendall Unit- Cuyahoga Valley National Park

PARK YOU WOULD MOST WANT DOGS
ALLOWED WHERE THEY CURRENTLY CAN’T GO
Seiberling Nature Realm

I’ve been to a few of these spots and have made it my goal to check out all of the others. I will report back my experiences, so stay tuned!

What places would you add to the list?

Hunter at his favorite park