Maysville, Kentucky is a best-of-both-worlds kind of place that strikes a picture-pawfect balance between embracing the modernization of the 21st century and maintaining its natural beauty. Dawdle downtown with your darling dog and you’ll be inspired by Mayville’s unwavering pride in its abounding history. You’ll want to "paws" and admire the way this city has incorporated its striking architectural past into its present-day needs, and whether it’s Old Washington, a 1790s frontier village that catches your eye, or the old English pub, Maysville has everything to offur you and your cultured canine. There are veterinary clinics and an abundance of welcoming walking spots here, so you can rest assured that your furever friend will be feeling fit and fierce for any adventure that lies ahead.
When you’re finished pawndering the beauty of the outstanding Ohio River and your sociable sniffer is crying out for some mutt mingling, then Maysville Mason County Recreation Park is the place to be! Covering 57 acres, this is the largest park in Mayville and features a striking 12-acre lake. Not only can you trek the walking trail in the main park with your leashed pup, but there’s also a designated doggy area for some off-leash laps! This double-gated Bark Park has a water fountain, provides doggy waste bags, and has obstacle courses to enjoy. What are you waiting fur?
Pickett Lane is home to a favorite frolic spot amongst four-legged locals and is a mutts-visit for you and your pup! Here, you’ll find Cummins Nature Preserve just waiting to give you your fix of fantastical forests. You will feel as though you’ve entered hound’s heaven as you wander along wooded paths towered by tall trees and follow flowing water to charming creeks. This backdrop provides the perfect oppawtunity for picturesque puppy pics! There are many walking trails dotted with markings and maps throughout the preserve, and a round trip of the grounds is the ideal length to stretch those legs.
Formerly known as Limestone, this historical haven was the place where frontiersman Simon Kenton, the first settler in the area, would greet other first settlers and bring them to his base. Later, this spot became a booming trading post, and eventually, this small settlement spread out to become the Maysville we know and love today. Bring your barking bestie here for a scenic stroll along the river and a sniff out on the grassy parts. You’ll catch amazing views of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge, and there’s a gorgeous ornate fountain on-site too. There are lots of bins nearby, so make sure you bring some doggy refuse bags while you explore downtown Maysville.
You’d have to be barking mad not to pay a visit to Adams Lake State Park in nearby West Union, Ohio. This interesting site was once home to mound-building cultures, and boasts the largest effigy mound in the world, The Serpent Mound. This stunning state park has a peaceful lake, and since it’s located in the Bluegrass Region of Ohio, of course it features vestige prairies reminding visitors of Ohio’s past. There aren't many trash cans at this park, which operates a carry-in, carry-out system, so make sure you're adequately prepared to clean up after your pup. You and your mutt are free to mosey along the walking trail that moves with the lake as long as you’ve got that leash!
Another history-rich romping spot is Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. This park serves to commemorate the Battle of Blue Licks, which is commonly referred to as the final fight in the American Revolutionary War. There is so much history for you to sink your teeth into in this pupperific park, and there are many tremendous tracks to follow. The Licking River Trail brings you along the breathtaking banks of the river and the Buffalo Trace takes you over what’s left of an ancient buffalo path. Dogs are not allowed on all the trails that run through the nature preserve, so make sure you follow signage and don’t forget the doggy waste bags.