The Pennsylvanian town of Bethel Park is located just 10 miles from Pittsburgh, making it just a skp away from this famous city and all it offers. The community is physically located upon an abandoned coal mine, the Coverdale Mine, and is home to the South Hills Village, a mall with over 125 stores and several dog-friendly eateries, one of which is the Saga Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Your furry Bestie can join you at one of their outdoor patio tables for typical Japanese steakhouse and sushi fare, plus sake, drinks with umbrellas and fruit, and Japanese beers! Other mall restaurants with outdoor seating for you and Fido include Noodles and Company, TGI Fridays, and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The Great Allegheny Passage is one of 1800 rail-trails throughout the country. In Bethel Park, you and your leashed canine companion can pick up the section called the Passage’s Montour Trail that runs throughout the city and provides 46 miles of the overall Allegheny Passage network. The Arrowhead Trail, also part of the Allegheny system, can be accessed from Bethel Park as well. The trails are both asphalt and crushed rock and are also suitable for biking with your pooch.
When you and your pup need a cool treat, head over to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, which will not only provide outdoor seating for you and your fur-baby, but doggos get free sundaes with a dog biscuit crumbled on top. Now that’s fur-iendly!
The City Center neighborhood of Bethel Park is home to Miner’s Memorial Park, an 8-acre space in the heart of downtown. Besides playground and sports facilities, it features large swaths of green, rolling meadows and paved walkways for leisurely strolls for leashed pups. This park offers shade trees around the perimeter, as well as a pavilion for shelter with tables. Furr-ific! When it’s time for a snack or meal, head over to dog-friendly Bruegger’s Bagels, where you can get a breakfast or lunch sandwich on a bagel, or the more traditional shmear of cream cheese, and a great cup of coffee. Enjoy your treasure outside with Fido, and don’t forget to share. For a cool dessert, stop in at Rita’s Italian Ice! Ices, cream ices, custard - -so much to choose from and your fur-baby is welcome!
Peter Page Park, in the Brightwood neighborhood, is 16.65 acres featuring a walking trail and a community garden, but is mostly undeveloped land through which you and Fido can explore to your heart’s content. Wooded and pastured, this park is a favorite of those intrepid spirits who like to be off the beaten path and see wildlife in its most natural setting. Be sure Fido is leashed. Oak Tree Park is in Brightwood too, but is a little harder to find. Its driveway is nestled between 2 houses and a small wooden sign announces its presence, but it’s easy to miss. This neighborhood park has everything a mom with children would love: swings, slides, basketball backboards. But for someone with a restless pooch who loves to play, it also features lots of grassy, shaded areas in its 3 acres, and is surrounded by trees. Leashes are needed, as are waste bags to be carried away with you.
This neighborhood is host to the northwest portion of the 2000-acre South Park. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the many hiking, walking and biking trails, picnic areas and outdoor summer concerts. But probably best of all for your pup, South Park is home to the South Park Dog Park, a completely fenced, off-leash area equipped with drinking water, waste bags and receptacles, and benches for the humans. The park is also divided into small/timid and large/rambunctious dog areas. The surface is grass and mulch, but be aware that in wet seasons, it would be a good idea to throw a towel in the car to wipe the plentiful mud off your fur-pup before taking her home.
Village Green Park is a dog-friendly 11-acre park in this neighborhood, featuring a walking trail perfect for a stroll with the pooch, 2 picnic pavilions with tables, and restrooms. While you and Fido are walking about on the trail, the kids can be playing on the sports fields or at the playground. There are turtles and frogs about, much to everyone’s delight, and lots of grass to roll around in. Mollyhill Park is also in the Hillcrest neighborhood, and features 6 acres with activity equipment for the children and lots of grass for the furry bestie and his human for play and relaxation, leashed of course! And if you need to stay overnight, The Crowne Plaza is dog-friendly for a small additional fee. Sweet dreams!
Upper St Clair is a neighborhood of South Pittsburgh, just a few miles from Bethel Park. Here , you will find the Boyce Mayview Park, offering 475 acres of trails, creeks and streams, waterfalls, woods, wetlands and meadows just perfect for a dog and his best pal to explore. It’s easy to see why so many local outdoor enthusiasts favor this park. The 8 miles of trails range from easy to moderately difficult as the elevations rise to more than 1200 feet. Morton Falls, accessible via the Morton Falls Trail, is memorable. Be sure Fido is on his leash and don’t forget to bring water and layers of clothing for the changing zones you might be walking through. Many of the trails are marked, but some are not. If hunger brings you back to town, head over to Ardolino’s for a slice of traditional or gourmet pizza. With a selection of toppings, including pup-pleasing meats, your hunger will become a thing of the past. Bone appetit!