West Alexandria, a small village in Preble County, is a nice and cozy place set approximately 20 miles west of Dayton. Apart from lovely residential quarters and a number of public parks, the village lacks pet-friendly facilities.
To find Fido-friendly things to do -- from grabbing a bite in Eaton to hitting the trails in Brookville -- you'll have to travel outside of town and into the county. However, if you have an emergency, West Alexandria has three veterinary clinics to keep your pooch in good health.
Lewisburg Community Park in Lewisburg, 10 minutes north of West Alexandria, is a clean and well-maintained public area with plenty of room to roam and explore with pooches on-leash. There is no special off-leash area, but many local pet owners bring their dogs here for walks, especially in the morning.
If you're looking to enjoy an adventure in nature, head to Germantown, just 20 minutes outside of West Alexandria. Germantown MetroPark is a huge nature preserve boasting more than 1,665 acres of open space with pawesome elevated boardwalks! The walking and hiking trails are so gorgeous that you and Fido won't be able to resist exploring them! Make sure you have enough drinking water with you.
Dayton is the sixth-largest city in Ohio, and it's located within a 30-minute drive of West Alexandria. While you're here, check out the northern area of Dayton, home to busy streets and calm recreation areas mixed with residential quarters and estates. You and Fido will want to head for Rip Rap Road Park, a huge green park centered on the river with a pawesome pet-friendly extension – Montgomery County Bark Park. This is the perfect place for pups to run, play, and sniff out some new friends while their humans chat on the benches! Just make sure to bring some water and waste bags.
McCook Field is one of the central neighborhoods in Dayton, surrounded by two rivers and a water reservoir. This place is perfect for walking with your leashed buddy along the waterline, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the mild weather, especially in summer. But, for a little leash-free fun, check out Deeds Dog Park, a large, bare-bones park boasting an expansive terrain to explore off-leash! Here, you'll find shade trees and shelters where you can relax while you watch over your pooch. The area is securely enclosed with a fence and offers beautiful riverfront views overlooking the Mad River and downtown Dayton.
Situated northwest of downtown Dayton, the Riverdale neighborhood is set across the Great Miami River, offering pleasant waterfront views and a wealth of shopping and dining venues along North Main Street. Riverdale is the pawfect place to go on a hiking adventure! Great Miami River Trail is one of the largest paved trail networks in the state -- it stretches throughout four counties in Ohio and winds through beautiful natural spaces, busy metropolitan areas, and small towns. You'll find a trailhead not too far from Dayton Canoe Club. But, before you go, fuel up at Quincy’s Original Fish House, a pet-friendly eatery with picnic tables and a menu of fresh seafood dishes!
Does your buddy pawsitively love great dog parks with open spaces and friendly mutts to play with? Does he also love beaches and swimming? You and Fido can enjoy the best of both worlds in Moraine, a city in Montgomery County set 22 miles east of West Alexandria. Follow the lead of North Springboro Pike to the south and past Main Street to South Dixie Avenue. Here, you'll find Splash Your Pup, a furrific facility with a huge swimming pool just for canines! No need to worry about bad weather spoiling your day on the beach. All pups, from beginners to advanced swimmers, are welcome to splash and enjoy the water! Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
Hamilton is the county seat of Butler County, Ohio, and it's located due south of West Alexandria via OH-503 South. The downtown area is nestled on both banks of Great Miami River, and is home to a variety of shopping and dining facilities as well as riverfront views. Your buddy will love going dog wild in Hamilton Bark Park, a fenced facility not far from the river. This park has two separate sections for small and large breeds, benches, shade, running drinking water for both canines and humans, and plenty of friendly, local pups and owners to befriend! Just don't forget to bring some waste bags with you.