Summer may be my favorite season, but fall is my favorite time to hike with my dogs. Not only are the Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at their most beautiful, but the temperature is perfect for my fur coat wearing pom. We like to get out as much as possible to enjoy the time before everything is cold and grey.
Here are our five favorite fall walks:
Rocky River Reservation (North Olmsted)
This is still my favorite hike to take with my dogs. The best part of the trail, in my opinion, is back behind the Nature Center in the North Olmstead part of the reservation. There is a long stairway that leads you up to a beautiful view of the metroparks. Fall is one of the best times to go to see all of the beautiful colors from this vantage point.
Huntington Reservation Hemlock Loop Trail
This trail is located off of Wolf Rd. past the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. The path goes along a small overlook where you can look out on Porter Creek. There’s also a big open space near the trail to hang out with your dog.
Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation
Really any part of the trail will make a good fall walk, but I came across a portion recently that was really beautiful this time of year near the Leonard Krieger CanalWay Center. This area of the trail has some great views of the valley and the canal.
Furnace Run Metropark
This is a pretty straightforward, flat trail, but it has a pond area as well that makes it a little more interesting walk to take with your dogs and scope out fall foliage. If you are down near Summit County, I recommend checking out this park.
CVNP Towpath Trail, Peninsula
For a good fall day out with your dog, I recommend the Towpath Trail near dog-friendly Szalay’s Farm, so you can get your pumpkin picking and a hike in at the same time. Planning a hike and a stop for pumpkins is a fun fall activity to do with your dog.
What is your favorite fall hike with your dog?