Located just 30 minutes west of Akron, Chippewa Lake gets its name from the Ojibwe tribe of Native Americans, but might be more well known as the site of an abandoned amusement park. Chippewa Lake was created by a glacier and is one of the only natural lakes in Ohio. Pups and parents who enjoy water activities often find themselves heading over to the lake for a walk or to spend some time fishing. Although the town is dog-friendly, there are no veterinarians in Chippewa Lake. Fido will need to travel about five miles south of town for veterinarian care in Seville.
From 1878 to 1978, an amusement park and vacation resort operated in Chippewa Lake on the banks of the water. The park was a popular destination for families, but has now become a fascinating legend. Although you cannot walk through the abandoned amusement park, you can stroll through the neighborhood on Big Injun Trail, and gaze at the surreal structures left there to decay. Fido will enjoy walking along the path and sniffing the grass while you peek at the monuments of local lore.
Chippewa Lake is a quaint town featuring well-maintained homes with grassy yards where your pup can play and hang out during the day. Whether you are traveling through Ohio, or this is your hometown, Fido will enjoy spending time near the water and visiting parks in the nearby towns.
One of the best destinations to take your pooch for a walk is the Rail Trail on Chippewa Road. You can access the hiking trail from the parking lot and follow the path from the lake up north to nearby Medina. The trail is well maintained, and you will need to keep your pup on a leash as you explore the area. He will have a snifftastic time in the grass and trees, but be sure to bring some water bottles. If you love getting up close with nature, the trail is perfect for taking wildlife photos and giving your pup some much needed exercise.
Situated across the lake in Medina, the Chippewa Lake/Krabill Shelter is a peaceful destination where you can walk with your pooch. The walking trail meanders through the woods and around the lake where you can enjoy the sunset in the evening. You may also enjoy sitting along the banks of the water with your fishing pole. If you are spending the day with the kids, they will enjoy watching the ducks and geese on the pond, but make sure to keep your pup on a leash and bring some doggie waste bags to clean up.
Another fun destination in Medina is the Fred Greenwood Park on Sturbridge Drive. The park features ball fields and a great playground for the kids. You can walk around the path with your pup and admire the gardens and then relax on one of the shaded benches. There is a water fountain where you can fill your water bottles, but you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags. On the way home from the park, stop by Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt where you can order a variety of cold treats for the kids and a pup cup for Fido.
Fido’s favorite place in Medina will be the Memorial Dog Park on Homestead Street. The large fenced area allows pups to run around off leash and socialize with their furry friends. There is a separate area for smaller pups and you will even find doggie waste bags near the trash receptacles. You will want to bring some water bottles and a bowl for you pup to get a cold drink after chasing a ball or frisbee. After Fido has had a furtastic time in the dog park, take the kids over to the playground where they can climb and have some fun. You and your pup can relax on a shaded bench and admire the views and colorful gardens.
About five miles north of Chippewa Lake, Buckeye Woods Park is a great place to spend time with your pup and the family. The walking trail provides plenty of shade and your pooch can run around and sniff all the trees and plants. You can hang out at the shelter and eat a snack, or invite friends and their furry family members for a BBQ. The scenery is amazing and you can relax on a bench near the playground and let the kids run off some energy. You and Fido will also love the Chippewa Inlet Trail that travels along the western edge of the park and south all the way to Chippewa Lake.