Spring is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to beat the winter blues than by hitting the great outdoors with your dog.
Here are five perfect parks for enjoying the weather and giving both you and your dog a healthy dose of spring cheer.
Ault Park, located at 3600 Observatory Avenue on the east side of Cincinnati, is easily one of the most beautiful parks in the city. While dogs are not permitted in the flower gardens, there are still plenty of nature trails that you and your dog can both enjoy. Walk to the Heekin overlook for a magnicent view of the Little Miami River valley below, and be sure to climb the stone steps of the famous pavilion, an architectural beauty and the centerpiece of the park.
Sharon Woods Gorge, at 11450 Lebanon Road in the northern suburb of Sharonville, is like a taste of the Appalachian moutains right here in Cincinnati. The Gorge trail begins in the Buckeye Falls area of Sharon Woods, and is an easy 1.5 miles to complete. Filled with waterfalls, dense trees, and steep climbs, the trail is a beautiful walk through a mini-forest. Sharon Woods is part of the Hamilton County Park District, and you will need to purchase a pass in order to park in the lot.
Rowe Woods, in Milford, Ohio, is part of the Cincinnati Nature Center. With more than 16 miles of hiking trails, at varying degrees of difficulty, the park has a trail for everyone. The trails are all clearly marked with sign posts, and walkers can spend as little as an hour or as long as a full day navigating through the woods and around the Powel Crosley lake. Admission is free for Cincinnati Nature Center members, and visitor passes are available for purchase at the park entrance.
Withrow Nature Preserve, at 7075 Five Mile Road, is another eastern Cincinnati attraction. Follow the Trout Lily trail through the woods to an overlook, where you and your dog can rest on a bench and enjoy the view of the Ohio River below. Like Sharon Woods, Withrow is part of the Hamilton County Park District, and parking passes are required.
Embshoff Woods is a quiet gem nestled on the west side of Cincinnati. Located at 4050 Paul Road, Embshoff is another member of the Hamilton County Park District. With 333 acres and a one mile Parcours fitness trail, the park is a great place for both you and your dog to enjoy some fresh air and soak in the sounds of nature. The park is home to many different kinds of local wildlife, and visitors can often spot deer, foxes, rabbits, and wild turkeys as they walk.
These are just 5 of the many gorgeous parks Cincinnati has to offer. Hop in the car with your dog and check them out this spring. Your dog will thank you!