Lakewood is considered one of the inner ring suburbs of Cleveland and its population density is one of the highest in Ohio. This is an old neighborhood which was originally held by Native Americans in a truce that no settlers would live there. In the early 1800s, this treaty was ended with a lump payment and the area was settled. Early settlers to the area farmed fruit and built vineyards but as Cleveland became more populated, Lakewood also filled.
This is a large residential neighborhood with long straight streets separating blocks. Businesses are clustered around the two main streets that run through this area: Detroit Avenue and Madison Avenue. A significant business district is located at the southeast corner of the neighborhood. A variety of businesses exist to serve your dog in this area, mostly on Detroit Avenue. Pet Supplies Plus has food and supplies for your pup while Western Reserve Canine Training will get them behaving in no time!
This may be one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Ohio, but walking down the neighborhood streets, they do not feel like it! Homes are not large and sit on mid-size lots, but there is a good divider between the sidewalk and the road on both sides of this mostly flat area. The historic architecture of many of the homes as well as plenty of tall, mature trees makes this a very pleasant walk. It is not uncommon to see cute features in homes like bay windows, chimneys, and sweet front porches. You will enjoy walking your dog on a loose leash throughout this neighborhood.
Diversity in your walk is not hard to find. Just head west towards the Rocky River and the beautiful shoreline that surrounds it. You can follow the river all the way to the coast of Lake Erie, where there is a beach with small dunes for you and your dog to enjoy.
Lakewood has lots of regional parks, typically with ball fields, picnic areas, or a playground. Lakewood Park provides views of the lake as well as a rocky shoreline that your dog will enjoy. Paved trails are available and the shoreline surrounding the park is also a great place to explore. There are homes on the cliffs above the beach, so be careful that you do not wander into private property.
One of the best patches of shoreline for you and your dog to enjoy is the beach next to the inlet where the Rocky River lets out into Lake Erie. This lovely area is a great place for your dog to become accustomed to the water and you have a great chance of seeing interesting wildlife nearby. If you head down the coastline on the other side of the inlet, you will find Rocky River Park and another lovely sandy beach to explore.