Spring Dog Hikes

This week marks the official beginning of spring and I am ready! I cannot wait for a streak of warmer weather so I can get outside for long hikes with my dog. I recently checked out the Metroparks site to see what upcoming dog hikes they have scheduled. The next month offers a lot of chances to take part in organized dog hikes at various Cleveland parks, and even an indoor Easter-themed dog walk. So check out the list and get hiking!

Sat., March 22, 9:30am – 11:00am 
Where: Rocky River Nature Center, Valley Parkway, North Olmsted 

“Spring has Sprung Dog Walk” – This is one of my favorite trails, so this is a definite must-do hike. Be prepared for mud, but also some beautiful scenery and views. Visit: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Spring-Has-Sprung-Dog-Walk-2735.aspx for more info.

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Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Metroparks

Sat., March 29, 7:30am – 9:30am
Where: SouthPark Mall, Southpark Center, Strongsville

The Cleveland APL will be holding its 2nd annual Dog Gone Easter Egg Hunt indoor dog walk on Saturday, March 29. The walk will include an Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny.  The dog walk will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 am and admission is a donation to the Cleveland APL.

Sun., March 30, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Hinckley Reservation Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store, 1 West Dr., Hinckley
A naturalist will lead this 3-3.5 mile hike through the trails of the Hinckley Reservation. Visit: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Dog-Walk-3080.aspx for more info. Meet at the Hinckley Lake Boathouse parking lot.

Sun., April 13, 2pm – 3pm
Where: North Chagrin
Nature Center, 3037 SOM Center Rd., Willoughby 

Hike through the wooded trails of the North Chagrin Reservation with your dog. Hike will be 2.5 to 3 miles. For more information, visit: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Dog-Hike-3183.aspx
Photo courtesy of the Ohio Tourism Division – www.discoverohio.com
Photo courtesy of the Ohio Tourism Division – www.discoverohio.com

 

Sat., April 19, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Where: West Creek Reservation, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma

Join Naturalist Debra Shankland to search for signs of spring at West Creek with your dog. Hikers will meet at the Monarch Bluff Picnic Area for the 2.5 mile hike. For more info, visit: http://www.clev​elandmetroparks​.com/Main/Event​sProgramsCalend​ar/Spring-Dog-W​alk-2971.aspx