Located in Montrose, Pennsylvania, is the Endless Mountain Riding Trail. Don’t worry, it’s not really endless. You and your dog won’t be walking forever, but you’ll be wishing you could be after you see Pennsylvania’s beauty. The Endless Mountain Riding Trail is one of the 1,600 rail-trails that the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has built. Rail-trails are community trails that were built from old railways. You can decide whether your dog is off her leash or on it, but you are responsible for your dog at all times.
Godfrey’s -- Welcome to Dogdom is a four-acre dog paradise that has two dog parks -- one for dogs under 30lbs. and one for dogs over 30lbs -- a store, and a canine learning center. Both dog parks have running water from April 1 to November 1, toys, a covered area, and wading pools during the summer. A membership fee of $10 is required, and other packages are available. Godfrey’s -- Welcome to Dogdom is open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This next dog park’s name describes what it is: awesome. Awesome Dawgs Dog Park is located on Princetown Road in Temple, Pennsylvania, and has a double-gated entry, a hiking trail, a 35-foot steel bridge, and a cleaning station. All dogs that come through the park are color coded to allow the staff to find activities suited for each dog. Awesome Dawgs has a $6 admission fee.
Mineral Springs Park is a great place to go if you want to take your dog for a walk. This leashed only park is tucked away from the noise of the street, and tends to be a less populated place. If you just want to put in the miles with an energetic dog, this is the place to do it! When you’ve worked up a sweat, swing by Reading Liederkranz. This German restaurant is dog friendly, and has an all you can eat German cuisine tour the third Wednesday of the month! There are occasional other dog-friendly events as well.
The Jim Dietrich Dog Park in Riverview is a pawsome dog park to visit! There is a fenced in area within the larger Jim Dietrich Park, so depending on where you park, you may have to walk a little to find it. There are two fenced in areas in the dog park itself, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. The fenced in areas are simple, with the main feature being the grassy, open space. There are no water fountains, so bring a bowl and a jug with you to the park. Once inside the run, the popularity of the park ensures that your dog will have a playful time making new friends!
Nolde Forest is a great place to visit with your dog. Though very close to the heart of downtown Reading (a quick 15 minute drive), the forest can make you feel like you got away from it all! This is one of the best places in the area to walk energetic dogs who need to go the distance!
Energetic dogs will love the sheer size of this retreat. There are 10 walking trails that criss-cross Nolde Forest, covering more than 660 acres. Consult a map before you set off, and be sure to bring water (and a snack if desired!). The forest is left very natural; there are few benches and no fountains or other amenities.