Anyone traveling to Etters, Pennsylvania is in for a bit of a surprise. Although mail should be addressed to Etters, and the post office in town goes by that name, the true name of the town is Goldsboro. The reason behind the odd switch is a relic of history. In the 1800’s, mail for the area that would become Goldsboro was sent to a post office that had been set up inside Henry Etter’s pub. Once the town was established, the post office moved in. However, the state of Pennsylvania already had a Gouldsboro, and the two names were deemed too confusing to have both! So Goldsboro turns out to be a town with a well known and time-saving nickname: Etters, as it’s known (but not officially called) today.
Besides unusual naming history, residents of Etters love their pups! There are two vets within the bounds of Etters/Goldsboro, so rest assured that your pup can bound with confidence, knowing that help isn’t far away. The local population is small, though recent years have seen an uptick in growth. If you’re looking for a great place to beat the rat race and enjoy a dog’s life, Etters is it. Bring your best friend and explore all that Etters and the surrounding areas have to offer!
North Manchester in Manchester is just seven minutes from downtown Etters. Hop in and take your pup for a walk in the large and lush Shelley Park. This park is simple, but elegant for that. There are some sports fields and a small playground, but much of the area is just grassy space. Dogs who love to sniff will have a pawsome time trailing local wildlife across the fields (on leash, of course). There’s plenty to see for dogs who need some people-watching to go with their walk. The land is mostly flat, so your speed will control how much of a workout you get!
The Alpine neighborhood of Lewisberry is only fifteen minutes from Etters, but it’s a can’t miss destination. It’s home to the Gifford Pinchot State Park. This park is over two thousand acres of local history and nature, preserved in a beautiful bundle. Dogs are welcome so long as they stay on leash and on the trails. You can choose from many walking paths to fit your level of exercise and the amount of time you want to spend here. Just remember to include your own bowls, water, and snacks, because once you’re in the park, it can be a little remote!
The Glades neighborhood of York is a twenty minute drive from the heart of Etters, but it’s well worth it. For some social dogs, walks are great, and playing fetch is fun, but socializing with other dogs is divine. If your pup needs friends, he’s sure to find them at the Dog Run At John C Rudy County Park. The park has separate areas for large and small dogs. These runs alternate with a spare one, so each stays green and grassy. These areas are somewhat plain, and feature benches and shade, but not much else. The large number of doggy visitors makes up for it!
Gelder Park in the Clifton neighborhood of Hummelstown is a great place to take the whole family. It has everything that you want in a long afternoon trip destination. At about thirty minutes from Etters, it’s more than worth the drive. Gelder Park features a fenced in dog park where your pup can play off leash! If you need more than that, they have a large playground area and extensive walking trails if you want to leash up and head deeper into the park. The park isn’t lit at night, so you want to be sure you leave enough time to see everything you’d like before sunset.