A vibrant village in Summit County that began as a humble agricultural community, Richfield, Ohio has grown into a district that strikes a harmonious balance between encouraging growth through new developments and preserving its refreshing rural character. Surrounded by big towns and cities, but never far from some gleaming greenery, this is a prime location for pooches and people alike. You and your handsome hound don’t have to travel far to explore the endless pawssibilities for both off and on-leash adventure in this area.
If your tail-wagger loves water and is in need of a scenic swim, then you can’t miss Bow Wow Beach in Stow. This spectacular spot surrounds a 5-acre lake and has both sandy beach areas and grassy green space. There is an abundance of space to play on all terrains in this doggy paradise, as well as separate areas for smaller dogs. Pet waste stations are located throughout the park, as well as a wash station to rinse your mucky mutt before heading home. Hoping to tackle a longer trek? Stow’s Bike and Hike Trail is located just a few minutes from the park. Summit County also has numerous access points to the tremendous Ohio & Erie Canal – Cuyahoga Valley NRA Trails that offer tons of tracks for you and Fido to follow.
Nearby Medina is a darling dog-friendly city that provides you and your furry friend with ample oppawtunities for amusement. Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park is ready to give you and your pup all the off-leash excitement you can handle! This nature-filled park has both open play areas and wooded walking trails and provides separate areas for the daintiest dogs. There is also a seasonal pond to play in during the warmer months. Memorial Dog Park is another pawfect off-leash park with plenty of grassy areas. Bring your own water to both these parks. The Chippewa Inlet Trail in Medina is a wondrous 4-mile walk to take in case you need to stretch those furry legs a little farther!
Lakewood Dog Park is a mutts visit for any pupperific pair. This secure spot has a double entry gate to ensure Fido won’t run away, and each preppy pooch must have a license, vaccine, and ID tag. The park has an enclosed area for smaller dogs and toys, and water bowls are provided on-site. Lakewood also provides access to the Rocky River Reservation, which is part of the Cleveland Metroparks. This reservation runs with the Rocky River, so it has many stunning views of shale cliffs and gorges the river has carved. There are many terrific trails that you and your barking bestie can follow.
You’d have to be barking mad not to bring your furever friend to Cleveland! Tremont Park is a state-of-the-art dog park that provides everything you and your pup might need on your fun-filled day out. This graveled site has a drainage system to ensure your precious pooch doesn’t get mucky when it rains and a water fountain. The great thing about this dog-friendly watering station is that its fountain is at dog height, so your pup will have no problem staying hydrated! Cleveland also has access to the Rocky River Reservation and Ohio & Erie Canalway, in addition to copious amounts of canine-friendly restaurants.
Brunswick Dog Park is just waiting to give you and your four-legged favorite a doggone good time! This off-leash open space is a grassy wonderland for dogs. You can’t bring toys into the park, but that won’t be a problem because your pup will have many furry friends to play with. There aren’t a lot of shaded spots on-site, so be sure to bring lots of water to fill up the available dog bowls. Bring doggy waste bags and be sure to clean up after your puppy pal. There are many benches and a few picnic tables in the park also. While in Brunswick, why not stop by a dog-friendly chain restaurant to grab some grub?
Wooftastic Wadsworth Community Dog Park gives your dogs a great deal of room to run around off their leashes and plenty of opportunities to make friends with other company-loving canines. There are both human and dog water fountains on-site, and you’re supplied with stocks of waste bags. The park is divided between small and big dogs and it’s filled with gorgeous greenery. If you want to sit and chat with the other dog lovers while Spot sniffs and socializes, there are plenty of benches to sit on. The patio in Filia Cellars winery is a dog-friendly spot for a drink, or grab some southern lunch at Valley Café.