Carlisle, Pennsylvania has gone to the dogs! The little town is full of dog-friendly places, from parks and hikes to restaurants and hotels.
The Carlisle Dog Park is located within one of the town’s parks, but it is entirely volunteer-funded and supported. Use of the park requires a yearly membership pass, which can be bought for a small fee. Members receive an electronic key to allow them into the park. The park is located off of Spring Road (north of downtown Carlisle) and is open from dawn to dusk daily. There are three sections (for large dogs, for small dogs, and a walkway space), as well as water stations and kiddie pools. The park currently covers two acres of space, but will eventually double in size.
LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail is located within Carlisle. Featuring a spring with many brown trout, the trail is a preservation area that is open year round. Dogs are allowed on-leash to enjoy the trail’s 9 miles. Numerous scenic views are featured on the path, from beautiful gardens and bridges overlooking the stream, as well as wooded areas and fly-fishing access points. The trail is a community project supported by many local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions. There’s no doubt that Carlisle has enough to explore for you and Fido!
The Borough Center neighborhood is the shopping and dining heart of Carlisle. The city fits great restaurants within just a few city blocks. This brings the competition to a head, and you and your dog get to reap the rewards. Start your morning right with Helena’s Chocolate Cafe & Creperie for a cup of espresso on the patio with your pup. Andalusia serves small plates from around the world, and has several outdoor tables to enjoy them at. Market Cross Pub & Brewery serves classic pub food and imported beer to diners at their outdoor tables, and bowls of ice water to canine connoisseurs.
Carlisle Area Dog Park is a great investment for anyone looking to stay in the area for a while. While this park does require a membership to enter, it provides plenty of space for exercise and fun. This multi-acre park has three separate fenced in areas! One is for small dogs, one for larger dogs, and one that’s for special usage. This park is a great place to take shy dogs so they can use up their energy and get used to seeing, smelling, and hearing other pups at play! After a few trips to the separation fenced area, they might be willing to try playing well with others!
The LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail is a great place to walk your leashed dog. This path was made available as a multi-use space through the rails to trails conservatory program. Once upon a time, LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail was a rail line. Today, it’s a long trail used for hiking, jogging, and giving your dog the best workout of his life. Though the path itself is smooth, there are enough hills to make the hike a customizable challenge. The convenient parking area is located in Bonny Brook, but the trail itself is very long and doesn’t loop back, so plan your walks accordingly!
Dickinson School, built around the law school of the same name, has two parks that dogs will love to visit. The first is Dickinson Park. This park is home to Dickinson Park and Cross Country Trail. Typically used by athletes to test their speed and endurance, these tracks are also a great way to walk your dog off city streets. Leash up and choose your path to tire them out! If your dog doesn’t need a track and field day to enjoy his walk, Valley Meadows Park is a more relaxed destination near by. It has picnic areas, benches, and plenty to see.
Twenty-five minutes from Carlisle, PA, is Pine Grove Furnace State Park. This park is an amazing place to head for an afternoon, weekend, or longer! Dogs are welcome to share the 650+ acre park with their human best friends as long as they’re on leash (or in a camper or cabin). The park has many hiking trails for a variety of skill levels, as well as opportunities for boating, fishing, and seasonal activities like skating and swimming. Dogs will love the all natural life. With lots of space to unwind and enjoy nature, Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a must-see!