Alliance is a city near Canton that is a center for rail transportation of goods and people for the area. It is known as the Carnation City because what has become the state flower was first cultivated here. Alliance’s historic downtown is a great place to walk with your leashed fur-pup, admiring the buildings and monuments you find there. To keep your pooch in walking shape, visit 1 of the 3 veterinarians in Alliance. They’re ready to meet every medical need!
Alliance is rich in dog-friendly city parks, all featuring sports facilities and fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and shelters, and furtastic landscaping that will both delight and soothe the senses. Two have walking/hiking trails, including 60-acre Butler-Rodman Park, whose nature trail behind the Jaycee and Kiwanis Shelter is a pawrfect spot for a pup on the lookout for small wildlife and birds. Open year-round, it’s also a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Earley’s Hill Park is another city park with walking paths where you’ll wander through the trees and lawns with Fido at your side, enjoying the quiet space amid the city’s bustle. Located along the Mahoning River, it offers plenty of free parking at 2 large lots and lots of room to wander or sit on a bench or blanket with your furry bestie.
Whatever your reason for being in the Alliance area, when you’re ready for outdoor adventures you’ll find plenty for you and Fido to do here!
This neighborhood in Alliance is where you’ll find the pup-friendly Iron Horse Trail, a multi-use path that can be reached via a trailhead on Beech Street, and where parking is available in the church parking lot nearby, with permission. This is a 4.5-mile packed-dirt and limestone trail that flows through a wooded area with a multitude of birds flitting above and small mammals rustling in the grass and leaves on the ground. It also wanders through a neighborhood of homes before emerging at its end at State Street. Pawrfect for cross-country skiing in the winter, your leashed fur-pup is always welcome to join you on this delightful walk. This neighborhood also houses Silver Park, which like all of Alliance’s parks is an oasis in the city featuring walking paths through the beautiful landscape, plus shelters and benches for resting or relaxing. Picnics with your fur-baby are fun inside the shelters or out on the grass or a bench, and there’s plenty of room for just lolling on a beautiful day.
The Deer Creek Reservoir and Mahoning River Valley Trail reside in this Alliance neighborhood just north of downtown. Explore the 334 acres with your pooch, as you watch for majestic bald eagles and ospreys, and spy deer and other mammals in the forest. Your walk is even more exciting if you walk along the Mahoning Valley Trail. After crossing a 260-foot free span bridge, then a 100-foot boardwalk, you’ll find this 4.6-mile trail offers scenic views of the water and surrounding foliage, including wildflowers growing alongside. Bring a canoe or kayak and get out on the water with your doggo for some serene paddling. Or bring a picnic lunch and have a seat at one of the picnic tables on the lakeshore!
The small community of Deerfield lies just a few miles north of Alliance, and is host to the 6,500-acre Berlin Lake Wildlife Area. Composed of woodland, marsh and grassland, this huge park supports several dog-friendly activities including hiking and picnicking. Because hunting is one of the popular human uses of the area, be sure to keep your dog leashed and garbed in bright orange to prevent mishaps during hunting season. Many animals and birds call the refuge home, especially during migratory periods when the bird population soars. There isn’t an established trail system, but several roads provide access and you’re free to set out into the wild with Fido. There’s also a recreational camping area if you’re interested in staying awhile!
Just east of the Alliance city limits is the small community of Maple Ridge and it’s here you’ll find the Lake Park Wildlife Area’s 93-acre expanse. A parking area is on Lake Park Boulevard near the entrance to this combined marsh, wood and open land area. Primarily used for hunting and fishing activities the wildlife area’s land is also ideal for hiking with your leashed fur-bud by your side. There are no trails except those left by large mammals like deer, or the humans who might have been there before you, but there are ample opportunities for you and Fido to blaze a trail and find something furtastic!
The dog park inside Veterans Park on Schneider Street in Canton is 4 acres of fenced property made for canine socializing and romping. The park is divided into large and small dog sections, and the surface is cool, comfy grass. Near the parking lot is a dog-washing area for muddy or hot doggos, and the park provides drinking water for thirsty ones. Open year-round from dawn to dusk, access is through Veterans Park, where pups are also welcome on a leash to stroll with you over its 40-acre expanse. Stand or sit under the trees bordering the dog run and watch the mayhem, meet new or old dog-loving friends, or just enjoy being outdoors with your pup!