Located near the foothills of two mountain ranges, namely Siskiyou and Cascade, the town of Ashland in Oregon is a gorgeous area near the border to California. Known for its Shakespearean Festival, Ashland's main economy is tourism, but it still values its furry companions. The community looks after its animal citizens with seven veterinarians and clinics right inside the town's borders.
Westwood Park is a wide-open space perfect for some running or fetching with Fido. This small neighborhood park is surrounded by housing with few services, but is an excellent place for a walk. Garfield Park has a large open greenspace for plenty of play time or a leashed walk. Bring along the kiddos to enjoy the splash pad, sports courts, and playground.
After spending your day in the park, stop in at Martino’s & Macaroni’s for a pizza for the gang to share. Or stop in for breakfast with Brothers and try one of their 20 types of omelets. Try Home State BBQ for some antibiotic and growth hormone free BBQ pork, beef, chicken and a great beer selection. All restaurants welcome your pooch with you at the outdoor tables.
Visit Ashland for the beauty of the area, the history, or the Shakespearean Festival. You’ll be glad you did.
Lithia Park, with its 100 acres of beautiful lawn, sports courts, and playgrounds, calls to every passerby and pup to come and explore. Your dog will enjoy taking a walk through the historical and peaceful Japanese Garden. As he strolls along the Ashland Creek through untouched forests, he’ll love the snifftastic adventures at the duck ponds and through the trees. At the edge of town, just beyond downtown, you and your pup can pick up the Cottle Ditch Trails that pass along neighborhoods, over streets, and return to wooded trails. The trails are mostly shaded, making this an enjoyable and peaceful walk, even in summer.
Bring the kids and the pup to Scenic Park, a lovely neighborhood park on the north side of Ashland. The park is 1.5 acres of playgrounds, a community garden, and an open lawn perfect for a round of fetch. Bring along a picnic and enjoy the beautiful mountain views. For more adventure, your pooch will find the walking and hiking trails at the Hald/Strawberry Park simply dogtastic. The scenic views of the mountains and the city make you want to keep walking just to see what’s next. Take a rest on the benches at the beautiful lookout areas for these fantastic views.
The Ashland Creek Park is not far from Ashland’s downtown area, and houses a community garden spot; meet your neighbors at work in their garden while you and Fido take your walk. The park has a dogtastic short Trail Loop that goes down to the water, and the view of the mountains is pawsome. Enjoy some free play or Frisbee on open areas of the park. After your walk, stop in at the Swing Tree Brewery to enjoy the collection of year-round crafts and unique seasonal beers from this nano-brewery. Your well-behaved pooch is welcome.
Don’t miss an opportunity to take your pup for a pawsome walk at the Ashland Ponds, a peaceful bird sanctuary where you can encounter various types of birds. The path here circles the pond, and you and your pup will enjoy listening to the sounds of the birds and seeing the beauty of this natural area. After enjoying the tranquility of the Ponds, stop by the Ashland Dog Park, a 2-acre fenced off-leash area where dogs can enjoy the company of each other. Water and scoopers are at the ready to respond to Fido’s needs.
The North Mountain Park and Nature Center welcomes you and your pup for a puptastic walk around the park next to Bear Creek. You can walk your pooch around the demonstration gardens, through the open green spaces, and on the trails for a little exercise. You’ll enjoy the interpretive signs that tell about the birds and animals that live in the area and how they maintain their homes in the park. The park is right next to the baseball field, so bring your pup for a walk while the kids play baseball.