Jim Day takes a selfie with his pup in Washington Park
Jim Day Washington Park

Washington Park

The most convenient spot if you’re staying downtown is the small (12,000 square feet) but well-designed dog park within Washington Park. It features a small creek and tiered water fountain for dogs and their people, with benches set up along the perimeter. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org
A Beagle with a ball in Otto Armleder Memorial Park
Otto Armleder Memorial Park

Otto M. Armleder Park

Otto M. Armleder Park is about 20 minutes east of downtown, but it offers much more room to run. It has dedicated areas for small and large dogs with tons of shade trees and benches, as well as plenty of water hoses for cleaning up muddy pups. 5057 Wooster Pike, Mt. Lookout, cincinnatiparks.com
Two bikers and jogger enjoying the day in Miami Whitewater Forest
Miami Whitewater Forest

Miami Whitewater Forest

If your pup needs tons of space, Simmonds Family Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest is the largest off-leash dog park in the region, at 11 acres. It has four separate fields, trees and structures for shade, and agility equipment and play zones. 8715 Hamilton- Cleves Rd., Cleves, greatparks.org

Others to try:

  • Kenton Paw Park in Pioneer Park in Covington, KY
  • Symmes Township Park in Loveland, OH
  • Schappacher Park Dog Park in Mason, OH

Written by Jessica Gordon.