The small community of Pataskala in Ohio is just 20 miles east of bustling Columbus, and offers lots of grassy, wooded pastureland and roadways to amble with your dog. This pup friendly town allows dogs in all city parks, on leash or under voice control. With four veterinarians within the town's limits, your pup is not only going to enjoy discovering Pataskala, but can feel safe here too.
The Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park is the largest park in the city, encompassing 78 acres, more than a third of which are woodlands. A 1.4-mile path bisects the park and runs through the wooded areas. Dog-friendly, this park boasts many sports-related fields and playgrounds for big and small humans, with open grassy areas and the walking path that will please Fido. Covered picnic shelters provide the perfect spot for a casual lunch or dinner. The park is also the location for various community events, so check your calendar if you have a shy pup.
The Pataskala City Center neighborhood is home to the City of Pataskala Municipal Park, a 15-acre expanse with facilities for human play, like softball fields, a playground and soccer fields. Most important to your fur-buddy are the grassy areas available for romping, or practicing his sits, stays and lie-downs, or just lying about. Leashes are required, but that won’t stop you and your companion from having lots of fun and relaxation. The park also has a shelter house with a grill for BBQs, perfect for sharing a burger or piece of chicken with your dog-faced girl or boy. Yum!
The Summit Station neighborhood is host to Freedom Park, an 8-acre space with a playground and vast expanse of green for Fido and his human to run and play, on leash. This park also features a picnic shelter complete with tables and benches, and a grill for whipping up something delightful for you and your furry Bestie. This neighborhood is also home to Liberty Park, an 8-acre passive park with open green space for running and lounging, a large wooded area for strolling and watching nature, and a retention pond. Lots for you and your fur-pup to do and enjoy!
A short drive to the east of Pataskala lies Granville Village, home to the Granville Village Dog Park. This spacious, fenced area provides plenty of room for your fur-baby to roam, run and play. You'll need to bring water for her, but the park provides everything else you and your pal could need: shade trees, tables and benches, and lots of green grass. Granville is also home to the T.J. Evans Trail, a 14.3-mile asphalt trail suitable for walking, running, skating or biking with your furr-ific, leashed Bestie. In the winter, try cross-country skiing along this former railroad route. Hunger pangs? Visit Day Y Noche, a traditional Mexican restaurant where Fido can sit with you outside while you enjoy a taco or two. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This neighborhood in nearby Reynoldsburg is home to the dog-friendly Blacklick Woods Metro Park. This is a 643-acre park comprised of fields, woodland, swamp ponds, a prairie and a golf course. A network of trails totaling more than 22 miles crisscrosses the swamp forest areas where you and your leashed canine companion can stalk the wildlife that lives there. Five large shelters are available with a variety of amenities, including grills. In addition, there are 2 smaller picnic areas with partially enclosed shelters and grills. This is a great place to take family, including fur-babies, for an afternoon or a whole day of relaxation and play.
This Reynoldsburg neighborhood is rich in dog-friendly eateries not found in the city of Pataskala. They all feature outdoor seating where Fido is welcome to join you! Prost Beer and Wine Café serves a light menu to go along with their libations: salads, bratwurst and panninis. Furr-ific! There’s sure to be something for you and your fur-buddy to sink your teeth into. Culver’s serves ButterBurgers and freshly-made frozen custard, along with sandwiches, and dinners featuring pot roast, shrimp and chopped steak. Slurp! It’s enough to make your mouths water. Tie your fur-buddy outside while you go in to place your order, or use the convenient drive through window.