You'll find nothing but tails wagging and neighbors smiling in the village of Swanton, Ohio! This pet-friendly village spans two counties -- Fulton and Lucas -- which offer a furrific lifestyle with the best of both worlds. Swanton has the small-town feeling with close access to big-city amenities since pet-owners are still within driving distance of the Toledo Metro Area. The majority of Swanton residents -- both furry and not-so-furry -- live in the eastern swath of neighborhoods that borders Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. Further down south, you'll also find Maumee State Forest, so lovers of cities and the outdoors have a "Tail of Two Cities" in Swanton!
Pet owners love living in this village! There are 4 veterinarians, 3 pet groomers, and 3 pet shops all ready to take care of your Fido! Those who like grabbing a bite to eat with their dogs can easily take a short drive east to dine at the various restaurants that have outdoor seating areas with doggos in mind. Nature enthusiasts also have their pick of the 16 "dif-fur-rent" parks and campgrounds that dot the village. Oak Openings Preserve alone has over 50 unique trails that weave through protected lands! Whether you and your dog are a fan f the city streets or grassy knolls, you'll find "oppawtunities" for fun everywhere you look!
Does your dog love to explore parks that teach humans about the natural lands? Your Fido will love checking out Oak Openings, which is one of 17 parks in the greater Toledo area. Oak Openings is not only a fun place to explore with Fido, but it benefits the community by filtering stormwater, cleaning the air, and hosting educational classes on land preservation. This 5,000-acre preserve offers outdoor recreational activities both dogs and humans can "pet-ticipate" in! You can hike the 50 miles of trailheads, fish at the lake, or camp underneath the Ohio stars! Dogs are welcome year-round to check out this sandy, puppy paradise!
Does your dog like to go to the park first thing to work up an "a-pet-tite?" If you live in the northern part of Swanton, you're a 25-minute drive from Side Cut Park, which is also one of the Toledo Metro Parks. It might be worth the drive because this park is a little less sandy and also sits on top of the Maumee River. Anglers love visiting Side Cut Park with their dogs to fish the spring run, which is the largest of its kind in the Great Lakes. There also tons of dog-friendly places to camp, hike, and visit a wildlife feeding station so your dog can get in touch with their inner wolf, even if they're a Chihuahua! Pups of all breeds will love visiting Side Cut Park!
Do your dogs think of themselves as experts in flora and fauna identification? If you two live in the southern area of Swanton, you're close to the Maumee State Forest & Arboretum, where Fidos can get their chance at guessing the tree species. Bark twice for oak! The 3,194-acre has the 2-mile Stewardship trail, or you and your trailblazing pup can hike some trailheads of the 63-mile Wabash Cannonball Trail. Along the Cannonball Trail, you and Fido can check out monuments like the Battle of the Fallen Timbers monument. There's also tons of wildlife and beautiful shrubbery that dot the trail so Fido can't wait to go exploring!
Do your dogs consider themselves water dogs? If your dog thinks life without swimming is "im-paw-ssible", then they would love living in the Nelson Ledge Estates neighborhood in Garrettsville. This area is within a bone's throw of the pet-friendly Nelson Ledges Stone Quarry. A lake sits in the middle of the quarry so you and your dogs can swim, cliff-jump, and fish in the 250-acre park around the lake. There are also 200 campsites, with one of Fido's favorites being the Twin Acre Campground, where dogs are allowed to pitch a tent with their owners. Fido will be "furst" in line to swim at Nelson Ledges!
Does your dog hate being left at home while you go out to eat? There are tons of dog-friendly restaurants for "dif-fur-rent" tastes along Louisiana Avenue in Perrysburg! Each restaurant is a quick drive from Swanton. For the party crowd, there's Swig, a restaurant with a lively crowd and delicious eats. You and Fido can enjoy the daily live music or enter a game of trivia! Entrees like the Frankenstein wings, Cleveland Frank, and grilled salmon Cobb salad keep locals coming back! Another option is Zingo's Mediterranean, where you can order a gyro any way you like it. You can also grab a side dish of classics like mujadara, hummus, or kafta kebobs! Let Fido make the choice for you!