The Village of Bluffton Pathway is a furrific way to explore this small town in northwest Ohio with your pup. Frequented by walkers, runners, cyclists, and four-legged residents, this nearly 3-mile trail incorporates existing bike and pedestrian pathways and links the village's two parks on opposite ends of town.
Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2003, the scenic Bluffton Pathway begins at the Buckeye Park, where you and Fido can share a lovely picnic by the lake before setting off. From the park, the trail passes by a quarry before entering a quiet street and weaving past an arboretum. Once the route turns scenic again, you and your pooch will be taken around a second, larger quarry known as the National Quarry. From here, the trail leads back to a not-so-busy roadway that will take you across town.
After meandering through wooded lots and a floodplain forest, the pathway travels under Interstate 75 to reach the Village Park. Here, you and your pup will find yourselves strolling next to a creek in a wooded area. Athletic fields and a recreation center used by the school and little leagues are also located in this park, so you might catch the local kids practicing or playing a game while you're here.
Every five years, the village seals and re-stripes the pathway. Help keep the trail clean and in good shape by picking up after your pooch. Human restrooms can be found at both Buckeye and Village Parks. Make sure your furry pal remains leashed at all times, and don't forget to bring enough drinking water for you both. While the route isn't strenuous, it's still important to stay hydrated, especially if you plan to walk the entire length. Enjoy the town's natural and urban scenery as you take a stroll with Fido on the Village of Bluffton Pathway!
Some parts of the trail may be exposed, so remember to wear sunscreen!