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The Dog Days of Summer in Lorain County

Lorain County is going to the dogs! Who wants to leave man’s best friend home when they go on vacation? When you visit us, you don’t have to! In fact, Lorain County has summer events specifically designed for your dog to join and plenty of spaces where they are welcome.

The first step is booking a room in one of the area pet-friendly hotels. Pets stay free at the Red Roof Inn and Motel 6, and for a small fee at Oberlin InnDays Inn, Quality Inn, and Ramada Elyria.

We also have several dog friendly campgrounds, including American Wilderness, Clar-Mar Lakes, Findley State Park, and Rustic Lakes.

Some of North Central Ohio’s most beautiful trails are dog friendly and would make the perfect place to take your four legged friend out for some fresh air and exercise (as long as they’re on a leash 6 feet or shorter!). We also have a few events made just for dogs and their humans to enjoy! Here are a few of our recommendations:

Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation: 913 North Lake Street Amherst, Ohio 44001

This is a 1.5 mile asphalt trail that will take you and Fido past marshes, pine forests, and though the Beaver Creek Valley.


Wellington Reservation / Lorain County Metro Parks

Wellington Reservation: 535 Jones Road Wellington, Ohio 44090

Over four miles of asphalt and gravel trails wind through the Wellington Reservation grassland fields, wetland habitats and around the South Reservoir.



Black River Reservation: 1350 Ford Road Elyria, Ohio 44035

This 6.5 mile asphalt trail runs along the Black River.

Carlisle Reservation: 12882 Diagonal Road LaGrange, Ohio 44050

The Carlisle Reservation is covered in various grass, asphalt, and gravel trails. The flood plain, upland meadows, mature forests, and a 65 acre wetland area give a huge variety of scenery for the different walking paths.

Vermilion River Reservation: 51211 North Ridge Road Vermilion, OH 44089  5783462870_cf465fdfbe_z

The Vermilion River Reservation has a variety of trails that you can explore with your furry friend.




French Creek Reservation: 4530 Colorado Avenue Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054Here you will find over 3.5 miles of gravel/natural trails along the wooded areas, streams, and cliffs.

Indian Hollow Reservation: 38744 Parsons Road Grafton, OH 44044

This 1.25 mile gravel trail gives views of the Black River and sandstone outcrops.

Kopf Family Reservation: 32649 Electric Blvd Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

At this park you will find miles of asphalt trail and an additional mile of crushed stone trail.

Maps of all of these awesome trails are available here!

Of course, we have more to offer you and your fur baby than a walk in the park.

Ever thought about bringing your dog along to a night at the movies? On July 14, you can! The Aut-O-Rama Drive-In Theater is hosting a special night where pets are welcome at the drive-in theater for a $5 donation to the Multi Breed Rescue. Normal human rates still apply!

10471000_837308009627869_9026303189850409247_nOf course, a swim is really the best way to have some fun and beat this summer heat. Lorain County is on the coast of Lake Erie, and several of our beaches are dog friendly! Dogs are welcomed at Lakewood Beach Park, Sheffield Lake Community Park, West Shore Park, Shell Cove Park, and Miller Road Park.




S Zone Doggy logoIf your pup would prefer a new swimming experience, head to Splash Zone in Oberlin for the best pool party of the summer! Bring your best friend to the Soggy Doggie Pool Party on August 24 and 25 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The party is free, but participants are asked to bring a donation of canned or bagged dog food for Lorain County animal shelters.

Later in the year, on September 19, Tappan Square of Oberlin Ohio will be hosting the Doggie Doo & Pooch Parade. doggie_doo_logo1sm

Everyone with a dog is invited to participate in the parade and the events beforehand. Your furry friend could win prizes such as best singer, best costume, or best trick!

For a more relaxed evening, bring your pet to one of our amazing wineries! Paper Moon and Vermilion Valley Vineyards are dog friendly- as long as they stay on a leash and in the outdoor areas. Lorenzo’s Pizzeria will also be pet friendly this summer! Every Monday night through August 31 they will be hosting “Paws on the Patio” starting at 5 pm. Lorenzo’s will prepare gourmet pepperoni dog biscuits for the furry creatures and will donate 10% of all patio sales to Partners With Paws.

kriegsAnd of course, top off all of your dogs adventures with a delicious visit to Krieg’s for some frozen custard! Dogs eat free every Sunday!

posted by lorain at 9:09 am

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