At the border of Kentucky, in the state of Ohio, lies the hamlet of Batavia. This small village is, however, the capital of Clermont County and has always fulfilled an important economical and political role in the region. Batavia is in close of multiple regional parks and the East Fork Park, which is one of the largest state parks in Ohio.
The parks in the Clermont County area are great for dog owners and equestrians. They offer hiking trails and routes through the best parts of the park. The humongous East Fork state park is, in particular, a good way to enjoy the beauty of the natural environment of the region and takes travelers through a set of rolling hills and grassland meadows.
Citizens of Batavia, Ohio, also have close access to Sycamore Park. This 158-acre regional park has recently been expanded and offers multiple hiking trails among many other amenities. The Sycamore Park offers great fun for the entire family, dogs included, and is equipped with picnic tables, playgrounds, and sport grounds.
Batavia, Ohio, does not have its own off-leash dog park. There are, however, off-leash opportunities in the neighboring towns of Amelia (the Great Amelia Paw Park) and Milford (the Bark Park at Miami Meadows).
Sycamore Park in Olive Branch, Batavia, is a one stop destination for everything your family needs. The large park has a playground, tennis courts, and other sports fields. It has multiple gazebos and shade structures scattered through meadow-like picnic grounds. The main attraction for dogs is the walking trails that wind through trees and close by a river. The varied terrain is perfect for tiring out a dog without having to walk for hours. On the other hand, a high-energy dog won’t get bored! Bring your own water bowl, as all the drinking fountains in this park were designed for humans!
Pattison Park makes Elk Lick a Must Lick for happy dogs. This park has it all. There’s enough room for you two to ditch the crowds and concern yourselves with the smell of grass and sight of squirrels. The walking trails wrap around the small fish pond near the center of the park. There are also grassy areas and tables for resting. Bring your own bowl, and a water bottle if you’re heading further out. Leashed dogs can enjoy the paths and rest areas of the park. Just keep them out of the pond--a swimming dog can scare the fish away!
Just a ten minute drive from downtown Batavia lies East Fork State Park, a regional treasure. East Fork State Park is great for boating, camping, and hiking, and it’s the last that dogs love the most. Dogs must be leashed in East Fork, but with dozens of miles of trails for every skill level, it doesn’t limit the fun. High energy dogs can tire you, and themselves, out on hilly hikes over varied terrain. If you go in the summer, find a quiet spot along the lake to let your dog go for a dip; it’s the only time they’re allowed to frolic off leash!