Located just about an hour north of Pittsburgh, Mercer County is thriving with tax-free shopping opportunities and tourist attractions in every city. Hermitage is the third largest city in Pennsylvania, set not far from the Pennsylvania-Ohio border, and offers a variety of amenities for visitors. Formerly known as Hickory Township, the city has a nice mix of historic and cultural places paired with modern city attractions and recreation areas. Come along with a pooch and enjoy the adventure!
Travelling with your pup may be a challenge when you don't know where to walk off-leash or play fetch. Hermitage has got you covered! Hillcrest Memorial Park, set right in the city center, is a beautiful escape for four-legged visitors. The main park has an off-leash area with a fence, grass, gravel and tons of space for doggie fun. The dog park also features drinking fountains, benches, play equipment and even security cameras.
Hermitage Hotdog Hunt is a stunning place for both four- and two-legged foodies. The portions are huge and the staff is friendly, treating canines as real family members. A free bowl of water to all pooches is guaranteed!
If you're thinking of staying in Hermitage for a weekend, you will find several apartments for rent with dog-friendly policies, but if you want to be sure your pooch is welcome, Econo Lodge Hermitage in the southern part of the city is a great solution for travelers with dogs. The hotel does charge an additional pet fee.
Bordering with Patterson Township to the east, Bradys Run Park is a 2,000-acre park that's home to outdoor activities as well as recreation spots for families or tourists on vacation. Apart from hiking, picnicking and camping options, the park has a dog park with a fence and two separate sections for small and large canines. You will be pleased with the friendly local crowd here; they're always happy to let your pup share in the fun! The park has a stream during the warm seasons where your pal can splash and dip. Drinking water is also provided here. Want to train your pooch? Not a problem; there is enough space for everyone! Just don't forget to take a pack of treats with you.
The northern part of Cranberry Township is bordered by Perry Highway to the east and Pennsylvania Turnpike to the west. You will find a few schools, shopping spots, and eateries, but the majority of the area is occupied by Cranberry Township Community Park. Set right across the industrial area, the park is a nice recreation spot for both locals and travelers to Pittsburgh. The main park contains a large, fenced-in dog park with off-leash policies and a separate area for small breeds. Your mutt is welcome to play and romp, burn all his energy and make a few new fur-iends with the local pups!
Lovi Road starts at the very eastern end of Freedom and stretches in a half-circle to Cranberry Township, eventually bumping into Freedom Road. If you follow the lead, you will discover an amazing place where fun lives! Located right between Freedom and Cranberry Township, Lucky Paws Dog Park and Pool is a place for your pooch to get his paws wet and splash around with fellow furry friends. This is a fenced, off-leash dog park with a separate area for small breeds, picnic tables, agility equipment, and a huge swimming pool set right in the middle! Membership is required for visiting the park.
Alison Park is a southern neighborhood of Hampton Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and is mostly occupied by recreation areas, such as North Park set on the North Park Lake. The main park has a public area and a golf course as well as a dog park. Bring Fido to have enjoy some mutts-needed, off-leash play in this fenced dog park. Your mutt will love running and wrestling with other canine friends while you can relax and watch, sitting at one of the many benches. The doggie drinking fountains mean you don't have to take water with you, but you should bring some toys to play with.
The nice borough of Sewickley Heights hosts an amazing place for your pooch to have some quality time off-leash, and not just in a simple, fenced dog park, but in Sewickley Heights Borough Park and Off-Leash Area. This isn't a dog park, but it has a number of things to explore, sniff and enjoy in the area. The park has special “dog etiquette” rules every visitor should know, but the main rule is simple: your pooch should be well-behaved and under voice control in order to keep everyone safe, and protect the flora, fauna, and other pooches from any misfortune! Take water with you when visiting and keep an eye on your mischievous mutt at all times!