Imagine life on a leash. Just as you’re ready to bound out the door someone’s dangling a dog collar in your face. A stroll is fine — but what your four-legged friend really wants is an unfettered romp in the park.
Here’s eight dog parks in Cincinnati worth the drive.
1230 Elm St, Cincinnati
Your cosmopolitan pooch will love this sweet spot. Washington Park’s 12,000 square foot dog park is the perfect urban excursion with granite boulders, a creek and drinking water to lap up. Enjoy a night out with your best friend during the park’s weekly Yappy Hour. Your social Shih Tzu or chatty Chihuahua can mingle while you enjoy drink specials on The Deck.
5083 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati
There’s ample room to romp in Mt. Airy Forest. The two-acre dog park atop a shady hill has picnic tables, agility equipment and baby pools for splashing. Mt. Airy has so much offer on its 30 acres, from hiking trails to the Arboretum, your dog will beg to put on the leash and explore the rest of the forest.
5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati
This 10-acre dog park is perfect for sprinters. They can refuel at the dog drinking fountain and canine shower. (The park is prone to flooding so check the website for closures!) There’s a trail connecting to the Lunken Airport where you can take a five-mile leashed walk around the airfield.
5081 Madison Rd, Cincinnati
Private dog parks have great amenities with the bonus of security. For an annual fee this resort offers a members-only experience. Dogs must be vaccinated and temperament tested. The three-acre park features walking paths, agility equipment and around the clock access.
3810 Church Street, Newtown
Wags Park is like a canine country club. The Gold Paw Membership includes a spring-fed swimming lake a dock and everything a puppy heart desires. Picture your furry friend doing cannon balls off the dock. All dogs must be temperament tested and vaccinated.
6701 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati
Dogs will have a field day on four acres of wide open green with a tree grove for shade. Amenities include a doggie drink station and a “little yard” for small breeds. It’s also a great adjustment area for introducing shy newbies of any size. A permit is required for entrance.
8715 Hamilton Cleves Pike Rd, Cleves
Miami Whitewater Forest is a sprawling 4,438 acres and 11 of those acres are devoted to off-leash fun.
The Simmonds Family Dog Park has four separate fields with an area for small breeds. High energy dogs will love the agility equipment while you keep cool under the shade structures. A Great Parks Motor Vehicle Permit is required.
7850 VOA Park Dr, West Chester
Located in the Voice of America Park, Wiggly Field is no frills, all fun. The field is known to get muddy and form a giant puddle perfect for dog paddling. Your car seats won’t love it but your dog will lap it up! Children under six are not permitted in the fenced area. There is a limit of two dogs per handler.
Pack your pups for a crosstown excursion and unleash the fun!
Selena Reder is a mother, writer and part-time video producer living in Cincinnati, Ohio with her son Dorian and husband Tim. Dorian loves chasing Selena and Tim’s tailless cat, making messes for dad to clean up, squealing loud enough for the neighbors to hear and staring at strangers until it’s uncomfortable. Tim loves Dungeons and Dragons, Margaret Atwood and writing meticulous grocery lists.
Selena loves washing cloth diapers, binging on British TV (Top Gear, Only Fools and Horses, Doc Martin, etc) painting and knitting super fancy baby sweaters. She also loves working part-time with her video editor husband (special shout out to her parents and in-laws for being great babysitters!).
If Selena were stranded on a desert island with only one thing to do for the rest of her life, she would nurse her son in their favorite chair. It’s the best thing in the world right now.