Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers, Covington is a dog-friendly city that will keep your best friend's tail wagging all throughout. The city's many recreational amenities encourage its residents and visitors to spend time outside, with most places allowing canine companions to tag along. Covington also has one veterinary clinic looking after the health of its animals.
Surrounded by lush trees and historic buildings, the George Steinford Park is a furrific spot to take Fido for a leashed walk any time of the day. Also known as the Sixth Street Promenade, this park houses the iconic Goose Girl Fountain and serves as the heart of outdoor activity in downtown Covington.
Basil Lewis Park offers a quiet area to enjoy a picnic with your pooch. Despite its relatively small size, it has picnic tables, a large grill, horseshoe pits, benches, and a pet waste station. Basil Lewis Park is located next to train tracks, so you and Fido might see a train pass by while you're there.
If you need to spend the night in town with your pup, Extended Stay America and Hotel Covington both accept pets of any size for an extra fee. Call first to reserve a pooch-friendly room and ensure a smooth check-in process.
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There's more than enough room for Fido to run around off-leash at the Kenton Paw Park! Located within the 43-acre Pioneer Park, this spacious dog park has separate enclosures for small and large pooches and benches for their human companions to sit on. Drinking water and doggie waste bags are also provided. If Fido doesn't feel like playing with the other dogs, you can go for a walk around Pioneer Park instead—there are 1.7 miles of paved trails that span the area. Locals say the park gets muddy if it has rained, so avoid visiting after a shower if you don't want your pup to get dirty.
Take your best friend for a leashed stroll around Goebel Park, located right in downtown Covington. This park is home to the German-style Carroll Chimes Clock Tower, which comes to life every hour from April through December as it displays a mechanical puppet show based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Some pup-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating are just a stone's throw away from the park, making it easy to get some grub while you're in the area. Your options include Dee Felice Cafe, Goodfellas Pizzeria, Piper's Cafe, and Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar. Also located within the neighborhood is the smaller Kenney Shields Park, which is connected to Goebel by a walking trail.
Fancy a riverside walk with your pup? Head down to the Licking River Greenway and Trails, a multi-phase project that will connect the cities of Covington, Taylor Mill, Wilder, and Newport once completed. The Covington portion of the system currently includes a 1.5-mile nature trail that meanders along the Licking River, a .75-mile paved trail that features murals, and 2.5 miles of roads and sidewalks. The trail has multiple access points including the trailhead behind Randolph Park, where you and Fido can dig into a packed lunch before setting off. Randolph Park houses a picnic shelter with a pet waste station, a playground, and basketball courts.
The George Rogers Clark Park's location along the scenic Ohio River has made it a favorite destination for sightseers and area photographers. From here, you and your pooch can admire downtown Cincinnati and the Roebling Bridge while taking a leashed stroll, or watch the boats travel up and down the Ohio River while relaxing under the dense tree canopy. In case you get hungry, Keystone Bar & Grill and The Gruff are just a few minutes' walk away from the George Rogers Clark Park. Both of these pooch-friendly eateries welcome dogs at their patios and even provide water for their four-legged patrons.
Devou Park is a massive, 700-acre site where you and your furry buddy can easily spend the entire day. It is home to numerous facilities such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, a fishing lake, a golf course, a bandshell, and the Behringer-Crawford Museum. There are also 15 miles of trails that cater to different types of activity and different levels of physical ability, including nature trails, paved walking and bike trails. In other words, there's plenty to see and do at Devou Park! One feature that you and Fido should definitely not miss is the overlook area, which offers the most woofderful views of Covington and Cincinnati.