Canonsburg was originally planned all the way back in 1789. The years since have made this town into a pupular, active place to live or visit, just a convenient 18 miles from Pittsburgh! Canonsburg is much more than just a quick access to Pittsburgh, of course. The town has six full service vets and animal hospitals ready to accept canine patients--no need to look out of town! There’s also plenty to do here.
Start your visit with a trip to Peter’s Trail. This 1.6 mile loop runs around the edge of a lake and provides a great warmup to all that Canonsburg has to offer. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you on the path you’ll share with walkers, joggers, cyclists, and probably other pups! If you crave more of a challenge, check out Montour Trail. This trail is point to point and stretches out over 36 miles from end to end. Pick a portion to explore with your leashed dog, or make it an all day mission to see it all!
Wrap up your hike, whether long or short, with dinner at Hog Fathers BBQ of Canonsburg. This location has been open for 10 years (and counting!) and serves up hearty meals with a variety of regional spins. Hog Fathers is like Canonsburg as a whole: always inventing new reasons to visit!
Canonsburg Town Park is a neighborhood that contains the actual Canonsburg Town Park, a community park. Which came first? You can puzzle about it while walking your dog down the park’s beautiful walking trails. Though they’re not long enough to qualify as a hike, these wooded paths are a great way to let your pet’s nose, ears, and eyes explore while still keeping her on leash. Sniff out squirrel trails or roll in the grass! These paths are set back from the main park area, allowing you to feel like you’re out in nature. Humans will also find plenty to do at the park, which includes a playground and picnic area!
The North Strabane Park is tucked away in the small residential neighborhood of Archer Street. The park’s main draw is a large play complex for kids. If you have to work out some energy from your furry friend and some children, walk laps around the play equipment while they have a blast! This park is also a great, convenient place to get in a quick walk in the morning or evening. It’s busy on the weekends or right after schools let out, but otherwise this smaller park doesn’t see the traffic of some of Canonsburg’s larger parks. Great for shy dogs!
The North Strabane Township Park has a very similar name to another park in Canonsburg, but they’re miles away from each other. This park is built for a day out in nature with your whole family! Pack your own doggie bowl so your pup can take advantage of the fountains. This park has several shaded pavillions for hot days! There is also a playground for children and plenty of green grass space for playing sports, spreading out the picnic blankets, and relaxing in the sunshine. Your dog does have to stay on leash in North Strabane Township Park, but there’s still plenty to do.
The Peters Lake Park in Giant Oaks is a must see in the Canonsburg area. Load up your dog and hit the park! This park has a lake in the center and is popular for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Your dog has to be leashed in the park, but wading is allowed! This park is a getaway from all things urban. Splash in the water, relax on the beach, or hit the walking trails! Peters Lake Park has woodchip walking trails that are easier on joints (yours and your dog’s!) than cement. Just be on the lookout for splinters and bring your own water!
Head 15 minutes down the road from Canonsburg and you’ll hit Elm Grove Park in the Thompsonville neighborhood of McMurray! Canonsburg’s neighbor is a great place to take your dog for a day of fun in fresh air. This beautiful park has picnic grounds and a children’s play space complete with soft turf and a playground. Your dog will love to walk the paths through the park, and they’re short enough that you can easily set your own pace for your own distance. A high energy dog and a calm one will both have fun here! Your dog does have to stay on leash in Elm Grove Park.