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Corning is a small village located along Sunday Creek in southeast Ohio. Once a coal mining and railroad hub, the economy now relies on the oil industry. Supplementing that is the outdoors industry, with parks and forests in Corning and surrounding areas. And with at least 5 veterinarians in nearby Logan, Zanesville, Athens and Somerset, you can rest easy knowing your pup will be well taken care of should the need arise.
Burr Oak State Park is in the small town of Glouster is 6 miles from Corning, and covers about 2,600 acres of wooded hills and valleys, meadows and farms. Featuring camping, resort-style lodge accommodations and cabins, all dog-friendly, plus trails, a lake and much more, this is a fun destination for folks and their pooches. Seven hiking trails ranging from 0.5 miles to 7.5 miles circle Burr Oak Lake and some are suitable for horseback as well. With 3 docks, it’s easy to sail, motor or paddle away with Fido at your side for an adventure on the water. Hunting is permitted in the park in season, so be sure to protect yourself and your pup with blaze orange and keep that leash secure!
Whatever your reason for being in the Corning
area, there are furbulous places to explore while you and your furry bestie are
The Burr Oak Cove Campground in Corning is near enough to the Burr Oak State Park that you and your fur-pup can walk to it from your camper or tent. While the campground is not full of amenities, it does provide an opportunity to be within nature with basic needs like bathrooms and water at hand. Its location along the North Country and Buckeye Trails, as well as the short Burr Oak Cove Trail, makes it convenient as a base site for those daily treks. The campground offers 19 sites, so you’re sure to find one that’s pawrfect!
Malta is home to the dog-friendly Wildcat Hollow Trail, a moderately difficult trail that offers a 15-mile looped overnight hike, or a shorter 5-mile looped day hike. Whichever you choose, you’ll be delighted at the wildflowers and variety of terrains from tall pine forest, meadows and fields, to rocky ridges and quiet streams. In some places, the trail opens into wider old roads with miles of rolling meadows stretching before you. Note that the trail can get muddy, so come prepared with the proper footwear and a towel for Fido’s paws before you get back into the car at the trailhead parking lot. There’s lots of wildlife to see and smell, too, including raptors, deer and wild turkeys. Arf! There are maintained camping spots along the trail, so consider backpacking and splitting your hike into 2 parts. There’s no drinkable water in the park, so be sure to bring plenty!
New Lexington lies just north of Corning, and it’s where you’ll find Artheusa Springs Park, a popular family-oriented park with plenty of romping room for you and your leashed canine companion, along with tons of human activities like a disc golf course, playing fields, swimming pools and more. The grassy fields and woods surrounding the activities are pawrfect for walking, playing catch or just lying about on a blanket under a tree whiling away the day with your favorite fur-buddy! A picnic pavilion provides shelter for al fresco dining and parties, or just share a sandwich with your pooch on the grass. Featuring special events, too, this park will become one of your favorite destinations.
Muskingum River State Park is located in McConnelsville, about 11 miles east of Corning. The park features 112 miles of the
navigable Muskingum River which is controlled for passage by a series of locks
through which you can paddle or motor your way to numerous camping and picnic
areas that are all pup-friendly, ending at the Ohio River downstream. The scenic
hilly shoreline as you pass may offer up sightings of birds, beavers and other
animals as well as floodplain trees and plants. With 10 picnic areas equipped with
grills and tables you can make an all-day trip of it with your furry bestie by
your side. Stay overnight at one of the dog-welcoming camping areas for an extended adventure.
Trimble is located a few miles southeast of Corning and is home to the Wallace H. O’Dowd Wildlife Area, a nearly 7,000-acre preserve that includes the Sunday Creek Wildlife Area and the former Trimble Wildlife Area. This is a largely undeveloped parcel of land that is open to hikers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts and their canine companions. With no public facilities or organized camping areas, this is a wilderness preserve where you and your fur-buddy can blaze your own trails and camp where you wish, as long as you take out what you bring in. It features forest, and wetlands around Sunday Creek, rife with birds and animals to view and photograph. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars, a camera and a field guide if this is what you’re looking for! Please keep your fur-pup leashed! And if you venture here during hunting season, bring blaze orange duds for you both!
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