Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Ohio

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Ohio. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Ohio that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park Dog-friendly Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, OH, is a perfect place to spend a day in the great outdoors. The park occupies 2,330 acres and provides a great opportunity to explore miles of trails with Fido. Natural features include towering cliffs, deep gorges, caves, and waterfalls, while man-made features include picnic areas, restrooms, campgrounds, and more. Upper Falls to Lower Falls via Buckeye Trail is a popular scenic route with beautiful countryside views. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans in most of the areas of the park. See Details
Pet Friendly Ash Cave
Ash Cave The Ash Cave hiking trails are pet-friendly. The terrain is a little ruff at times, but experienced pooch hikers won’t have much trouble with the relatively short hikes, both only a half mile in length. The low trail is handicap accessible. Ash Cave itself is the largest recess cave east of the Mississippi and flows into a runoff waterfall. See Details
Smale Riverfront Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, OH. Park features include trails, a labyrinth, gardens, fountains, a carousel, an esplanade, benches, swings, and more. Please clean up after your pets. See Details
The Scioto Mile The Scioto Mile is a dog-friendly pathway stretching along the downtown Columbus riverfront from the vibrant Arena District on the north end to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula on the south. The Scioto Mile is comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland, fountains, scenic overlooks and a riverfront promenade. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are well-behaved, avoid water features and are cleaned up after. See Details
Old Man's Cave Old Man's Cave is pet-friendly. One of Ohio’s most popular natural attractions allows dogs on a leash to explore the natural rock formation. You can wander the trails around the cavern and head inside to check out the cascading waterfalls too. See Details
Cedar Falls Cedar Falls is a dog-friendly attraction in Ohio. You and your dog can view the wonderful waterfall from a viewing area at the bottom of Democracy Steps, created by Akio Hizume. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are on a leash and all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Hueston Woods State Park Located in western Ohio, the dog-friendly Hueston Woods State Park in College Corner offers diverse opportunities to enjoy the park's wooded setting. It has nearly 3,500 acres of natural resources for outdoor recreation. Whether boating on Acton Lake, hiking along forested trails, searching for fossils, or relaxing poolside at the Lodge, visitors will enjoy their time at the park. In addition to the resort lodge and a variety of cabins, the park offers a large family campground for overnight stays. There is a dog park and beach swim area for the pooches. Bring your dog to splash and swim at the beach, which includes bathhouse and concession stand. Be mindful-- the area is not fenced. See Details
Findley State Park Findley State Park in Wellington, OH is pet-friendly. This forested park is home to trails for hiking and mountain biking, a boating lake and campsites. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Mosquito Lake State Park Dog-friendly Mosquito Lake State Park in Cortland, OH, occupies nearly 2,500 acres of mature woodlands and expansive marshes. An ideal sport for year-round outdoor pursuits, the park is popular with tourists and locals seeking to hunt, fish, hike, camp, and cross country ski. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park and on trails such as Horse Trail, an 8.4 mile route with summer fishing access and a maintained snowmobile trail in winter. Pets are permitted on all campground sites, many of which are shaded and have lakeshore views. Lastly, a visit to Mosquito Lake State Park wouldn't be complete for Fido without a stop at The Cooperation Station Dog Park, a 5-acre off-leash area. See Details
East Harbor State Park East Harbor State Park is a dog-friendly recreation area in Marblehead, OH. Dogs are welcome to join their humans at this more than 1800-acre park on the shores of Lake Erie. Recreation opportunities at East Harbor State Park include boating, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, and picnicking. See Details
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park Marblehead Lighthouse State Park provides a perfect spot for a picnic with your pup. There you will enjoy beautiful views of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island, South Bass Island, and Marblehead Lighthouse. While human visitors can enjoy the museum in the former lighthouse keeper's residence and climb the lighthouse for even better vistas, canine visitors will need to stay outside all buildings. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. See Details
Scout Burnell-Garbrecht Dog Park Your pet will thank you for a trip to this fenced, two-acre, off-leash dog park, which includes separate areas for large and small pets as well as a water fountain. Part of Pierce Park. See Details
Rocky River Reservation Dogs are welcome to join their humans on the trails which wind through Rocky River Reservation. Natural features of the park include shale cliffs, meadows, wetlands, and floodplain forests along with wildlife and many bird species. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and you must clean up after your pets. See Details
Gallant Woods Preserve Leashed pets are welcome on trails that wind through the woods, meadows and wetlands of this over two hundred acre natural-areas park. See Details
Slippery Elm Trail The Slippery Elm Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bowling Green! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Slippery Elm Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Lester Rail Trail The Lester Rail Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Medina! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Lester Rail Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Sippo Valley Trail The Sippo Valley Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Massillon! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Sippo Valley Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Defiance Reservoir A park will be opening soon at this lovely resevoir, and pets will be permitted to join you there on-leash. See Details
Holmes County Trail (Fredericksburg - Millersburg) The Holmes County Trail (Fredericksburg - Millersburg) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Millersburg! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Holmes County Trail (Fredericksburg - Millersburg). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve is pet-friendly. Bring your pooch to this Ohio nature preserve and enjoy a walk on the dog-friendly trail together. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork) The Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in West Unity! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Horseshoe Lake Park & Historical Marker Horseshoe Lake Park is a dog-friendly park in Shaker Heights, OH. Fido is welcome to join you for a stroll on the 1.4 mile trail over the dam. There are paved, gravel, and boardwalk trails at the center of the park that total 1.3 miles. During your walk you will pass the historical marker for Horseshoe Lake. There is a parking area, picnic shelters, and restrooms that are open seasonally. See Details
Sharon Woods Park Pets will love to walk on-leash with you through these lovely trails, which include wooded and lakeside areas. Pets not permitted in playground. See Details
Ohio & Erie Canal - Cuyahoga Valley NRA The Ohio & Erie Canal - Cuyahoga Valley NRA is a multi-use trail preserved from a historic canal towpath that's a great place to walk Fido in Cleveland! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Ohio & Erie Canal - Cuyahoga Valley NRA. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details