Lebanon, Ohio started out in 1802, with only two houses and two streets, and now it has more than 45 manufacturing companies. It was actually named after the country in the Middle East because the many cedar trees reminded settlers of Lebanon. The town of Lebanon is also very popular with dog owners, and there are close to 4,600 living there.
Ida Juris Bennett Dog Park on Cook Road is a favorite place for dogs and their humans in Lebanon. The park is over three acres and has separate large and small dog sections. It is completely fenced in so you can let Fido off the leash and there are almost always some friendly dogs and humans around to visit with.
Like hiking? Take your furball to the Little Miami Scenic Trail in the Miami Valley. There are an amazing 330 miles of trails, of which about 70 of them run through Ohio. There are a few options for those looking for an adventure, including the ability to walk the whole trail, or just a little of it; hiking over several bridges, through small towns and parks, and there are even some shops and restrooms along the way. You will be walking along the Little Miami River through most of the hike where you can see deer, otters, beaver, hawks, and maybe even a coyote or fox.
The neighborhood of Country Creek is very green with plenty of space to take your pooch out for a stroll! The neighborhood itself is home to Hunters Run Park, a large green space where you and your dog can run and play. With few distractions and obstacles, this park is wide open allowing an easy game of soccer, fetch, Frisbee, etc. with your furry friend. The park itself is tucked away and along quiet roads, with covered picnic tables to rest at. Off-leash is allowed at Hunters Run Park. If you and your dog are looking for more explorative opportunities, along the West side of the neighborhood behind Country Creek Drive is a heavily treed green space with a small creek running through it.
Shaker Run is a great neighborhood to call home, because it has a beautiful park right in its vicinity. Warren County Armco Park is a huge hit with dogs and their owners. Here you will find amenities such as a snack bar, washrooms, and covered picnic sites. The park itself is located right next to Armco Park Lake, where residents go to fish or take their dogs to play in the water. The scenery itself is worth a visit, along with the large amount of trails for you and your four legged companion to explore. Grab a bite to eat, a drink, and hit the trails or the water together for a day of fun.
Residents of Lakeside Landing love taking their furry pals to the neighborhood lake called Lakeside Landing Lake. The Lake is a great place to get your feet wet (both yours and your pups!) or play a game of water fetch! Paddle boarding and kayaking are welcome at this lake as well. Surrounding the lake is a trail where you can both walk, and there are a couple of green spaces along it. To the northwestern side of the lake you will find a gazebo where you can rest and watch the birds fly by, and have easy access to the water. Just southeast of the lake, on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Lake Front Drive, you will find a wide open green space with ample room to run free and stretch those legs.