Part of the Cincinnati muttropolitan area, Mason takes pride in being a big city that has preserved its small town charm. This southwest Ohio city offers a host of recreational opportunities, including dog-friendly destinations, to residents and visitors alike. There are five animal hospitals in Mason to give you peace of mind while you travel around the area with your pup.
With picturesque landscapes and a flower garden, Cottell Park is a woofderful place to bring your best pal for a leisurely stroll. This 46-acre green space also houses a fishing pond, multipurpose fields, athletic courts, a Quilt Barn, and a Little Free Library, so there's definitely plenty to see and do here. In the northwest corner of Cottell Park is the Deerfield Honors Veterans Park, a “park within a park” that pays tribute to past and present servicemen and women with features such as a gateway arch, a lighted 50-foot flagpole, and commemorative bricks.
Roberts Park is another great spot to walk Fido in Mason, with its extensive trails and nature conservation areas. There are trailhead signs near street parking but no maps available, so it's best to bring a GPS to keep track of your location.
Doggos are welcome at all city parks as long as they are under control and on a six-foot leash, so come explore Mason with Fido today!
Whether you're new in town or just passing through, stop by the Schappacher Dog Park where Fido can run off-leash and play with other pooches. Located near the end of a quiet street inside Schappacher Park, this half-acre dog run features wood chips, shady trees, benches, fresh water, and clean restrooms nearby. But perhaps its biggest draw are the well-behaved doggos and friendly people that regularly come here, making the Schappacher Dog Park a pleasant experience for all! If time and energy permits, don't miss the chance to explore the rest of Schappacher Park, which many locals have dubbed a hidden gem due to its well-maintained grounds and facilities.
A serene oasis in the heart of the city, Pine Hill Lakes Park is a beautiful spot to visit with your pup any time of the year. Spanning 82 acres, this park features two miles of nature trails, two fishing lakes, a playground, picnic shelters, an arboretum, and an open meadow that's home to butterflies. Hit the trails with Fido for a relaxing walk around the wooded area and catch lovely views of the lake, where you might also see some ducks and geese. If you keep heading south, you'll find yourselves in the adjacent Corwin M. Nixon Park, which houses a public swimming pool, athletic fields, paved paths, a picnic shelter, and drinking fountains for people and puppers.
Doggos who love their walkies may not want to leave once they've set paw in Heritage Oak Park. With its vast open fields and paved trails, you and your pooch can easily spend a couple of hours in this 79-acre site. Heritage Oak Park also comprises multiple athletic fields and courts, picnic shelters, and a children's playground. Explore the park and get some exercise with Fido, relax and take in the scenery, or watch the local kids play their favorite sports. Perhaps the coolest feature of Heritage Oak Park is its special lightning prediction system, which alerts guests of possible lightning in the area before it strikes.
Mason Sports Park is not just a place for human athletes and sports buffs—active puppers are welcome here, too! Bring your best friend along to the park's top-rated, nine-hole disc golf course while you practice your skills. With wooded areas and water hazards, the course offers a good challenge in a pleasant setting. If disc golf's not your thing, go for a leashed stroll on the nature trails and paved paths instead. Afterward, grab a snack at a concession stand and chill out at one of the picnic shelters. The city's premier park, Mason Sports Park, also has a children's playground and various sports fields.
Downtown Mason has a few dog-friendly restaurants, making it easy to experience what the city has to offer your taste buds, even with your pooch in tow. Troy's Cafe serves up chef-driven, fresh casual dishes in a friendly atmosphere, and Fido is welcome to join you at the gated patio fronting the street. If you feel like having some Jersey-style pizza, Aponte's Pizzeria & Family Restaurant is just a few steps away. Tuck into a slice or two at the gated patio with your pup by your side. Both Troy's and Aponte's offer gluten-free options. After eating, walk off the calories you just consumed at nearby Meadows Park, the city's first park.