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Staycation: Explore 5 Dog-friendly Parks in Cincinnati, Ohio

Whether you are looking for a hiking adventure in Mt. Airy Forest or a city-based riverfront walk at Smale Riverfront Park with your dog, the Cincinnati area has plenty of dog-friendly park and walking options for you to explore.

by Shae Pepper. Photos ©Shae Pepper Photography

We’re always looking for dog-friendly parks for our dog, Truffles. Raised as a city dog, she loves hikes, walks and all things outdoors. We love to come to Cincinnati because there are always new dog-friendly parks to visit and explore. Here’s a list of five that we’ve been to over the past few years that we recommend for anyone looking for dog-friendly activities in Cincinnati.

Sharon Woods Park

We found this dog-friendly park on our most recent visit. Sharon Woods, one of the Hamilton County Great Parks, is just outside Cincinnati in Sharonville, OH. There is a lake in the center and trails that branch off in all directions. There are poop bag stations with regularity, but you should bring your own water. Please note that the playground areas are not dog-friendly, so if you have children as well as your dog, you may need to have more than one adult for both dog and child supervision. You will also need a parking pass for Hamilton County parks; it’s $5 for residents and $8 for non-resident daily parking passes, but they also offer annual passes for $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

Trammel Fossil Park

If you love to explore historic areas, you won’t want to miss Trammel Fossil Park in nearby Sharonville, OH. Dogs are welcome at this protected area that allows the public to learn about and dig for local fossils. There isn’t a lot of shade, so bring along a hat and sunblock as well as water for you and your pup. But it’s a workout up and down the hills with plenty of good sniffs for an active pup.

Truffles exploring the fossil beds at Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville.

Mt. Airy Forest

Lose yourself in the forest in Northwest Cincinnati. With a few great dog-friendly walking trails, you will feel like you’ve left the city behind when you visit Mt. Airy Forest. The paths are well marked, but you will want to bring your own water and poop bags with you so you can bring everything out with you. The trail we took crosses by a stream and ends in a fun children’s sensory learning area. There is also a dog park on site in Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy is the largest of Cincinnati’s parks covering almost 1,500 acres.

Eden Park

High above the Ohio River is a small gem, Eden Park. Parking near the Krohn Conservatory, you can make your way around the walking paths that lead you around the park with beautiful views since you’re at such a high vantage point.

Smale Riverfront Park

Opened in 2012, Smale Riverfront Park is a highlight of the Cincinnati riverfront. Whether you visit during the day or at night, it’s a spectacular place to walk. There are play areas for children, tons of grass for dog walks and relaxing by the river and water features that keep people and pets cool in the summer sun. At night, the bridges and fountains are lit up, creating a completely different atmosphere that completes a beautiful evening walk.

Whether you are looking for a hiking adventure in Mt. Airy Forest or a city-based riverfront walk at Smale Riverfront Park with your dog, the Cincinnati area has plenty of dog-friendly park and walking options for you to explore.

Do you know of other great dog-friendly parks in the Cincinnati area? Share them in the comments below.

Full-time dog mom and traveler, Shae Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with her husband, Stephen Pepper and their dog, Truffles. You can follow their adventures on their website, No Home Just Roam

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