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Dog-friendly destinations in Noble County

Fido, Man's Best Friend, or Fur Baby; whatever you call your dog, there are adventures in Noble County awaiting you and your furry friend! Here, we share some of our favorite dog-friendly destinations. Be sure to abide by proprietor's and manager's requests and keep your pet on a leash if requested. Enjoy!

For your convenience, this is a list of our favorite picks. Scroll down to learn a bit more about these Noble County gems!

For a complete and always up-to-date list of all dog-friendly spots, use our "By audience" directory and choose "with Fido" from the filter dropdown!

Let's dig in!

Bring the dogs along as you kayak the connected kettle lakes, or walk over 20 miles of trails, at Chain O’ Lakes State Park! The Chain is centrally located just south of Albion. Whether for the day or the week, Chain O' Lakes is a great place to experience nature with your furry friend! Cabins and campsites are available, too.

 


Enjoy this short video about amenities at Chain O' Lakes State Park.




 
These Chain O Lakes State Park campers enjoyed a quick coffee break at The Fox Den in Albion's Courthouse Square Historic District, where they walked their buddy around the courthouse square! Where will you take Fido in Noble County?
 

Explore Merry Lea’s ecosystems during all four seasons and discover new things along familiar trails. Merry Lea offers eight miles of hiking trails that pass through various ecosystems and provide opportunities to explore the ecological features of the land.


Dogs and cats must always be leashed and under direct control, but are welcomed at Merry Lea. Find more information about trail use here.





 

Enjoy the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, home to beautiful trails overlooking Sylvan Lake in Rome City. Enjoy a long walk or soak up the sun on the dock. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk.


Make sure to take a walk to the restored wetlands and gazebo near the historic Sower Farmhouse nearby. Take a short drive to Sylvan Cellars in Rome City for refreshment on the patio with your leashed pooch.

 

Make an afternoon visit with your pup to Noble County's first dog park, Crump's Canine Corral in Avilla!


Brand new in 2022, the dog park is free to use, located at 104 Ley Street in Avilla.



 

Enjoy the breeze in your hair at Bixler Lake with two public beaches. Your furry friend can explore the sand and water along the walking trails located near the beach.


Make an afternoon of it in Kendallville, where there are more fun, dog-friendly places to visit!


For example, stop by the Mid-America Windmill Museum. Leashed dogs are welcomed to join you as you learn about wind power, from its origins of the American windmill to the present day. The grounds make for fantastic photos!


Only leased dogs are allowed on museum grounds.
 

More trails and nature await you in Noble County, home to four ACRES nature preserves that are open to visitors. These properties provide unique, wooded experiences for you and your pup to explore. Native wildlife abounds!


Free to visit, properties are open daily from dawn to dusk.


 

Enjoy the paved 16+ miles of Noble Trails. The Fishing Line Trail, connecting Rome City to Kendallville, features beautifully wooded, paved paths that make exercising your pup a piece of cake! By 2030, Noble Trails plans to connect all of the trails in Noble County in a paved loop - and join the Fort Wayne Trails system! Stay tuned....


Did someone say "cake"? Before you call it a day, make sure to stop by Whatchamacakes in Kendallville for a "pup cup"!


Please share your adventures with Fido on social media using the hashtags #VisitNobleCounty and #DogFriendlyNoble to be featured on our pages and platforms!


Happy roaming!

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