Surrounded by open green spaces, Scio is a wonderful destination to enjoy outdoor activities with Fido and the family. Situated near the Conotton and Irish Creeks, you can walk along the paths in town when your pooch needs some quick exercise. Although there are no veterinarian clinics in Scio, you can travel about 15 miles south to Cadiz for all of your pup’s medical needs.
One of the best features of Scio is the Conotton Creek Trail. The paved path is almost 12 miles long and follows the old railroad tracks. The surface is perfect if you want to push a stroller while taking Fido for a stroll. You can access the trail about 6 miles to the north in Bowerton, or 6 miles south in Jewett. The Scio portion of the trail is the halfway point and offers amazing scenery with wildflowers, horses and cattle, and a rustic covered bridge. Your pooch will love walking through the area sniffing the plants and rolling around in the grass. You will need to keep your pup on a leash throughout.
While visiting the history of this former oil town and current location for natural gas production, you and your pooch can visit the town soccer field on Brown Street and enjoy a day with friends and family.
About 20 minutes northwest of Scio, the Leesville Wildlife Area in Carrollton offers 394 acres of space to spend time with Fido and your family. The wooded area in Leesville features native trees where your pooch will have a snifftastic time in the leaves and plants, and you will see a variety of wildlife while hiking through the park. The walking paths are primitive, so you and your pup need to be prepared for some rough terrain. You will also want to bring some water bottles and doggie waste bags, and dispose of trash in the convenient receptacles near the parking area. Before heading home, take a stroll down to Leesville Lake and admire the sunset with your furry family member.
The Sally Buffalo Park is in Cadiz, about 13 miles south of Scio. The peaceful atmosphere is great when you and Fido need a break and some fun exercise. The walking path is well maintained, but you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags. Your pooch can enjoy sniffing the plants along the way and rolling in the grass or socializing with other pups out for a walk. You will also want to bring some water bottles so you and your pup can relax on a bench and enjoy the views. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, there are two pooch-friendly motels. You can make reservations at the Microtel Inn & Suites or the Days Inn.
The Harrison State Forest is about 7 miles east of Scio in Cadiz, and features campgrounds and pup-friendly nature trails. The large park also offers a Sportsman’s Club so you will want to keep your pooch on a leash. The Ronsheim campground offers 20 sites where you can pitch a tent with your pup and enjoy sitting around the fire in the evening. There is space for horse trailers if you and Fido are traveling with your equestrian friends. The campground is also free, but you will need to self-register. While strolling through the park with your pup, you can enjoy the fishing ponds and a variety of native plants and animals.
About 12 miles east of Scio, the Tappan Lake Park in Deersville is a great destination for fishing or hiking. The large lake is perfect if you want to spend some time fishing or just strolling with your pooch around the area admiring the views. There are picnic areas where you can eat lunch, and a playground where the kids can run around. You will need to keep Fido on a leash while walking around the park and in the camping area. You and your furry companion will love spending the day hiking along the Buckeye Trail, or just relaxing on a blanket admiring the lake and water activities.
If your family enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, plan a weekend trip to the Long Creek Campground on Aster Road. You and your pup will enjoy the serenity of spacious campsites and beautiful surroundings. There is plenty of space to walk with your pup and stroll along the hiking paths and along the nature trails. While hanging out in the campground, you will need to keep Fido on his leash, and clean up after him. The open fields surrounding the campsites are perfect for a game of fetch or just letting you pup roll around in the grass.