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Portsmouth is a city in Scioto County, Ohio, on the north bank of the Ohio River, and bordering the state of Kentucky. It is a small town, but there are many lovely places to take your pup in and around Portsmouth. There are two animal clinics in town, so rest assured your dog will be safe should the unthinkable happen while you are travelling.
Alexandria Point is a great start. Take in views of the river,
surrounding hills and town as you go for a walk along the paved path, or relax
for a picnic lunch. Keep your pup leashed and bring your waste bags to keep the
place clean for future visitors.
Mound Park is an interesting historical site to visit in Portsmouth, named for the ancient mound at the site which is part of the Portsmouth Earthworks prehistoric complex. There is plenty of space to enjoy here with your pet, as well as a wooden play structure, tennis courts, and tennis and basketball courts for the family.
These are just a few of the many pawriffic things to do around Portsmouth. You and your pup are sure to enjoy your time in this great place.
Riverside Park in West Portsmouth is an easy 3.6-mile drive over the Scioto River from Portsmouth town. Here, you will find picnic areas, grills, a playground and plenty of open space to enjoy with your pooch. Take the walking trail from the recreation area down to the river for a bit of exploring, or walk the perimeter of the park while the kids play. If you are looking to get some extra steps in for the day, seek out the Alan Eckert Trail from the park for a two-mile hike. The terrain here is relatively flat, but it is not paved so wear appropriate footwear. Pack clean up bags and water for you both, and keep you pup leashed while on the trail.
The Shawnee State Forest campground sits in the
foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 13 miles east of
Portsmouth. This incredible place sits inside 60,000 acres of wilderness to
enjoy – but make sure you are prepared for this trip! Maps for the recreation areas and over 60 miles of bridle and hiking trails can be found at the campground's Activity Centre. Pets are permitted on all of the trails, as well as in the
campgrounds, so why not make a weekend of it and pack the tent and sleeping
bags? You must keep your dog under control at all times and please always clean
up after him.
The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area in Pedro is another massive, but rewarding place to bring your pup for a hike. The recreation area features a 143-acre lake to enjoy, campgrounds for overnight stays, numerous picnic areas and a scenic overlook. For an easy hike to warm up on, check out the Lake Vesuvius Boardwalk Trail at 0.32 miles that connects the boat ramp and dam. For something a little more challenging, seek out the 7.7-mile looped Lake Vesuvius Lakeshore Trail that will reward you with incredible views and stunning wildflowers in season. Pets are permitted here but must be kept leashed. Pack everything you need out here – food, water for you both, bug spray, first aid and a mobile phone.
Tracy Park is a popular little park in Portsmouth, and a lovely place to come with your pup for an outing. Take a moment to find the two war memorials, one for the Civil War and one for soldiers who fought gallantly in other wars. There is a paved path around the park for an easy walk and picnic tables for when you are ready for a little rest. Tracy Park also has a playground for the little ones, and is a popular place for community events, so check local guides while you are there. Keep your pup leashed here and bring the usual necessities - waste disposal bags, water and any food you might like to enjoy.
Millbrook Park in New Boston is a short five miles east of Portsmouth and a scenic spot to visit with your pet. There is a lot of history in this park that was established in 1902, and is quickly becoming an icon of the area, complete with a rollercoaster and swimming pool! Unfortunately due to flooding, this infrastructure no longer stands, but it is still a popular place for families to enjoy. Your pup will love walking around the park grounds with you and checking out the creek. There is plenty of open space and a ball field for a friendly game of catch too. For the kids, there is a great playground at Millbrook, and there are often community events held here.
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