Quiet, peaceful and charming, Evans City, PA sits snug on the banks of Breakneck Creek, just 28 miles out from Pittsburgh. The small town is a perfect location for those who want to press "paws" on the fast paced, big city grind. Here, you’ll find a downtown dotted with locally-owned business, and a strong sense of community showcased by various events throughout the year.
Movie buffs might know Evans City as the filming location of George A. Romero’s 1968 zombie horror classic Night of the Living Dead, but one only needs to attend Evans City’s Oktoberfest celebrations to see there’s life in the old town yet! There’s no veterinary clinic in town, but fur-tunately, you’ll find a choice of clinics to take good care of your buddy in nearby Renfrew, Butler and Mars.
There’s no designated dog park in Evans City, but you and your pooch can still sniff out some exercise options! The town’s EDCO park might be based around a pool, but there’s still a couple of walking trails for you two to stretch all six of your legs on. And don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of scope for off-leash adventures, as well as some furrifically dog-friendly hiking trails, just a short drive away!
The largest park in Allegheny County, North Park has something for everyone -- you and your pup could easily spend the whole day here. North Park’s 3,000 acres contain miles upon miles of wooded, leashed-dog friendly hiking trails, a beautiful man-made lake popular with boaters, playing fields, playgrounds, and best of all, its own off-leash dog park! The dog run, like North Park itself, is huge, and everything you need in terms of bags, toys, and water is provided on-site. There’s no separate small dog area, but if that’s not a deal-breaker, you’d be barking mad not to visit!
Your pooch will find it im-paws-sible to resist a treat from West Cranberry Township’s Woof Stop Barkery! This pawesome dog bakery is just a 15-minute drive from Evans City, and stocks everything from healthy, everyday rewards to more occasional indulgences. They also make cakes to order for events like birthdays and gotcha-days. Everything is homemade, and owners of pickier pups will be glad to know that Woof Stop does sample sizes, so you can try before you buy! Afterwards, you two can burn it all off with a leashed walk around Graham Park.
If you and your pooch are looking for a scenic spot for a hike, look no fur-ther than McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville! This amazing preserve is, paws down, one of the most beautiful parks in western PA. There’s over 2,500 acres of wilderness here, featuring a scenic gorge, some unique rock formations, a historic mill, several waterfalls, and most importantly, nine miles of fabulously fur-friendly hiking trails! The main loop trail is both shaded and easily walkable, but you’ll find a hike here for every age and ability -- just be sure to look up a map before you go!