Great Miami River Recreation Trail is just the beginning of the trail systems that the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has established in Ohio. It begins just six miles from Carlisle and connects many cities along its course. This extensive trail also passes through some absolutely breathtaking natural areas that highlight the same beauty that would have been seen from the railroad that used to occupy this space. You can explore these trails with your leashed pal, and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and doggie waste bags.
Oak Grove Park is only about 14 miles from Carlisle. There is so much to do at this park that you definitely won’t mind the ride too much. You can walk the miles of trails, if you keep your dog on their leash, for as long as you want. You can even choose the difficulty of your walk. If you want to let Fido off his leash so he can stretch his legs for a little while, there’s also a separate dog park! The Oak Grove Dog Park includes two fenced areas which are separated by dog size. Remember to bring some doggie waste bags and water with you when you visit.
Caesar Creek State Park Dog Training Area is a wide open space that has lots of high grass for you to work with your dog on their hunting and tracking skills. It is a completely off-leash area set aside for just this purpose. There is no fencing at all which can be dangerous if you haven’t taught your dog voice commands completely. While you are here, you could just enjoy some time walking around. The biggest complaint from visitors is that it can be hard to find, just watch for the posted signs and you should be okay.
Eudora Brewing Company is the place to be with your dog. They have an outdoor seating area that is like no other. There is a rotation of food trucks that allows you to join your dog for a different meal with every visit. You can sip on a wide variety of craft brews; just be aware that some of them are only available seasonally, while others are available all the time. This Fido-friendly eatery is open all year long, so as long as you enjoy being outside, you can come on over. It is definitely worth the 16-mile drive to get an experience as unique as this is.
Nineteen miles from you is a great place to come and play called Montgomery County Bark Park. The dog park is part of a larger park called Rip Rap Road Park. Your pal can explore the larger park with you as long as he’s on leash. In the dog park, you’ll find an agility course set off in its own fenced-in area, which is perfect because Fido won’t get distracted by others playing. Some parts of the park are closed seasonally due to rain, and the mud does get messy. You may want to pack a towel as well as some cleaning supplies, especially if you plan to visit on a rainy day. There’s also plenty of seating here so you can supervise your pup without working up a sweat.