Stow, Ohio has all the excellent qualities of being a small town without being too little. With a population of over 30,000, Stow acts as a suburb of the large city of Akron, and because of this, has a lot of unique options for dog-lovers when it comes to outdoor activities. Stow has four veterinarians and a place that landed on the national list of 50 pup-approved parks.
That place is the Bow Wow Beach, a 7.5-acre park surrounding the 3-acre lake. The area is completely fenced in, has spaces for large and small dogs and is entirely open to the lake. Whether playing, running or swimming, your dog will be thrilled to visit this park. You'll even find dog amenities like clean-up stations and dog-sized water fountains.
Whether you're coming back after an eventful day or going out for breakfast first thing, you will need to stop by the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar, a place that does just the opposite and comforts all dogs, by creating a dog-friendly atmosphere inside and outside the shop.
There are even more dog-friendly places, like the Silver Springs Campground and Teresa's Pizza Resturant. With so many dog-loving options to choose from, how can any dog say no to Stow?
Lying along the northwestern point of the town, the Hudson Drive and Graham Road neighborhood is quiet and away from the bustling downtown life. Because of its calming atmosphere and abundance of trees and natural plains, the community hosts the Bike and Hike Trail, a 34.2-mile trail converted from old railroad trails. The trail is dog-friendly and spans south into Stow, and north where it reaches into two other counties. Although dog-friendly, humans along the path will have to be prepared to clean up after their pups with their own bags. Be sure to also bring your own water, but there are bathrooms available along the trail.
The Eastwick neighborhood is the very definition of suburban life. Backed with rows of houses, children's schools and plenty of parks, it's no wonder the community has such a high population density. The best place to go in the area is Oregon Trail Park. There's no trail, nor does it lead to another state, but it does have plenty of open areas within the 3.5-acres to run around and play in with your leashed dog. The park has three different recreational fields for baseball and soccer, which dogs are allowed on as long as no active games are going on.
Serving the southeastern residents of Stow, Wetmore Park is the ideal place to go for a walk in the City Center neighborhood. Dogs are welcome in the 5-acre park, but must remain on a leash at all times. The park features water fountains, clean-up stations and a calming, shade-covered trail that spans throughout the park. If your dog needs more space to run around, then head over to the nearby Northport Park, a 2.5-acre open field. The field is a better option if you want to play fetch or frisbee with your pal. There are also benches, water fountains and trash bins located at Northport Park.