3 Dog-Friendly Trails to Try
There are so many dog-friendly things to do in the Hocking Hills. And if you're like most people, you are itching to get out on the trails.
Before you grab your dog and get out there, there are a few things to know:
1. Make sure you can bring your dog on the trail. Your dog is welcome on the three trails below but that is not always the case. Both Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve and Rockbridge State Nature Preserve do not allow dogs. Just make sure to check ahead of time whether you can bring your dog.
2. Be sure your dog is up for a hike. If your dog is not normally all that physically active or if your dog is skittish, then a hike might not be the best idea. Consult with your vet on whether hiking is a great activity for your dog.
3. Keep your dog on a leash. Yes, you can bring your dog on the trail, but be sure s/he is on a leash at all times. This is for your dog's safety as well as other hikers.
4. Bring water. Especially during the summer months, it is important to make sure you and your pup are both hydrated. Make sure you have plenty of water for both of you.
5. Leave no trace. Whatever you bring into the Hocking Hills, you need to take out. Be sure to bring baggies for doggie bathroom breaks.
If you're ready to follow the rules of the trail, then check out these three trails for your pup:
Ash Cave is the perfect trail for a dog that is new to hiking. This handicap accessible trail is paved and short. If your dog loves it, then you can try something a little harder. But if your dog hates it, then you can easily get back to your car.
And at the end of the trail, Ash Cave is just a magnificent place for dogs. Lots of open room for playing while gazing at the gorgeous cave.
If your dog is good with stairs, try Cedar Falls. You will walk down stairs to the area and then there is a short hike to the actual Cedar Falls. It's a great hike for running off a bit of energy, and the falls are a tremendous sight.
Just remember that you have to go back up those stairs, so be sure to leave enough human and doggie energy to do that.
Old Man's Cave
If you're ready for some exploring with your dog, nothing beats Old Man's Cave. This is still a relatively easy hike, so it's a great for a dog that is relatively new to hiking. And there is so much to see on this hike for both dogs and humans.
However, this is one of our most popular trails, as are the other two above hikes. Make sure that your dog is okay with strangers before taking him/her out to explore.