Hueston Woods State Dog Park can be found within the Hueston Woods State Park. The Hueston Woods State Park encompasses a total area of 2,936 acres of land and 625 acres of water (Acton Lake). The park is near the cities of Cincinnati and Oxford in Preble and Butler counties of Ohio. To get to this park, just travel north along Route 27 to Oxford from Cincinnati and then turn right onto 732 North and proceed to the park entrance. The park is about one hour northwest of Cincinnati.
Hueston Woods State Park opened in 1957 after the state of Ohio started purchasing the land where the park sits from as early as 1941. Within the park land is Acton Lake that was formed after the Four Mile Creek was dammed. The Lake is named after Clyde Acton, the member of the Ohio General Assembly that convinced the state to purchase the property.
Within the park is a protected forest that covers an area of about 200-acres and provides a glimpse of the dense woodland that the early settlers destroyed in order to create farmland. In 1967, this 200-acre parcel of the protected forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.
The park allows access to pets and there is a specific area where you can bring your dog to enjoy the natural environment around the park. The Hueston Woods State Dog Park is not fenced, and you, therefore, need to stay vigilant so that your dog doesn’t wander off and get lost or go into areas of the park that are out of bounds for dogs. Additionally, you should be aware that the dog park doesn’t have a specific area designated for small dogs.
When at the Hueston Woods State Dog Park, you should also be aware that standard Ohio park rules apply. Some of the rules include; keeping your dog on a leash not longer than 6-feet long. Also, you must avoid accessing park buildings and areas that are not designated as pet-friendly. That said, the dog park has lake access for swimming and drinking water which means that you can enjoy these areas of the park with your dog.