East Pittsburgh is a borough about 11 miles from Pittsburgh, adjacent to the Monongahela River and Turtle Creek. This area was where television was first demonstrated as a new medium for entertainment and information, and it was also the seat of Westinghouse Laboratories. Today, it continues to figure prominently in manufacturing, technology and inventions. It is also a commuter town for those working in Pittsburgh. There are no veterinarians in East Pittsburgh itself, but there are at least 6 in the surrounding communities of Monroeville, North Versailles, Homestead, and Eastwood.
While there are no parks or dog-oriented activities in the small town of East Pittsburgh, there are many opportunities for outdoor-loving humans and their fur-pups to get outside and enjoy fun adventures.
The Heritage Dog Park in Monroeville, just 4 miles away, is a fully fenced, off-leash dog park that features shade trees, running water and waste bag stations. Open from sunrise to sunset, it’s the pawrfect place to take your furry bestie for a romp and a run, or just a chance to socialize with other pups! There is a separate fenced area for small dogs, and both play areas are well-maintained and clean. So bark on!
Whatever your reason for being in the East Pittsburgh area, be sure to explore with your furry pal. You’re sure to find lots to do!
This neighborhood in Murrysville, just 10 miles from East Pittsburgh, is home to the Pleasant Valley Park, a pup-friendly multi-use park with sports fields, hiking and biking trails, and back-country style cross-country skiing trails in the winter. Your fur-baby must be leashed or under voice control within the park. The hiking trails are varying in lengths and levels of difficulty, which means you can create your own unique hiking experience. With over 5 miles of trails, the pawssibilities seem virtually endless! Old farm roads also provide some variety for both hiking and bike riding as they amble through fields and around wooded areas. If you and Fido are feeling adventurous, try out a couple of the utility right-of-way trails as well. They can be challenging, with steep hills and rocks, but worth the effort if you’re looking for a real workout for you and your furry bestie. This park offers variety, peace and quiet and interesting terrain. Woofderful!
This neighborhood is where you’ll find Bear Hollow Park, which features a short loop trail that offers an easy uphill walk if you go in one direction, or a stroll along a brook with a downhill finish in the other. There is free parking on both ends. This is a pretty trail with its ample foliage, and the walk along the brook quiets the mind and gives your fur-pup an opportunity for a splash and a drink! You and he will have many opportunities to see birds and small wildlife along this trail, and its half-mile length makes it pawrfect for a lunchtime or after-dinner stroll. Enjoy!
The West Export neighborhood of Murrysville is host to Duff Park, a 148-acre, dog-friendly park that features hilly, heavily forested terrain. Easy walks can be had on some of the trails, with super workouts on others. Hikers share the paths with bicyclists, especially on the Funk Bikeway which runs alongside and crosses Turtle Creek via wooden bridges. The Bikeway is flat and easy for about 1.5 miles, them turns uphill for the more strenuous section. After your hike with Fido, which will be pawsomely scenic and can be filled with wildlife sightings, take a rest at the picnic pavilion and enjoy a casual meal with your fur-buddy. Or toss down a blanket on the grass near the ball field and relax. Please keep Fido leashed.
White Oak is about 7 miles southeast of East Pittsburgh, and its Emblem neighborhood is the home of White Oak Park which houses the pawrific White Oak Dog Park! White Oak Park covers 810 acres and features an athletic field and playground for the humans, plus walking and hiking trails for walks with leashed pups. The trails at White Oak have not yet been blazed, but they are groomed and the park office on Muse Lane can provide clear maps so you and your fur pup don’t get lost. The fenced off-leash dog park is in the center of the park along the trail that leads to the Sumac picnic shelter. It is about 2 acres, and provides water, waste bags, and benches for the humans to relax and watch their pups cavort and socialize. So come for an hour in the dog park, or spend a day exploring the rest of White Oak Park. It’s a pawrrific place to play!
There are lots of parks and green spaces in Pittsburgh, and some of them have their own dog parks within them. This is true of Frick Park which is in this neighborhood. With 644 acres, dog-friendly Frick Park is known as the city’s woodland park. It features many trails that meander among its steep valley slopes and rolling hills, and is an oasis in the midst of the city. The Frick Park Off Leash Exercise Area is fenced on 3 sides only, so plan to keep an eye on your pup while he runs and plays with the other dogs. The unfenced boundary is thick woods. The mostly grassy surface is easy on Fido’s paws, and there are benches for the humans’ comfort, too. A separate small dog area keeps those pups safe, and there are various play structures meant to tantalize and challenge. There's also a small natural pool where doggos can cool off and get a drink. It’s altogether furbulous!