Johnstown, Pennsylvania is a city that’s about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and a little over two hours from Harrisburg. The city hosts all kinds of interesting businesses and events, like the All American Amateur Baseball Tournament. It also has a lot of history in the steel, iron, and coal industries of the United States, which you can learn more about in the town’s landmarks and discovery center.
Johnstown is an excellent place for families, with its inclusion of a children’s museum and bowling alley and its proximity to swimming pools, sporting fields, amusement parks, and more. You’ll find one vet clinic in town, along with some pet-friendly hotels and restaurants. You can also check out some local history with your pooch at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the history behind the flood of 1889 that killed over 2,200 people.
Johnstown sits near several outdoor game lands and recreational areas, like the Gallitzin State Forest, that are pawfect for dogs who love the outdoors. Leashed pups can join you as you walk the trails and check out the majestic ecosystem that winds through every piece of the park. Johnstown and its surrounding rural areas provide plenty of sight-seeing and unique adventures for dogs and their human families.
Conemaugh is a small borough in Johnstown that sits along the Little Conemaugh River, which takes up about 190 square miles of Pennsylvania. Along the river are some fisheries where you and your dog can enjoy some outdoor relaxation time, and there are some spots on Conemaugh where you and your pup can hop on the river to boat or kayak. The neighborhood is also the home of Harrigan’s Café & Wine Deck, a pupular place for locals to visit for a drink after work or on the weekends. The outdoor tables are a furtastic spot for a meal with your pooch.
Geistown is another borough in Johnstown that’s a few miles southeast of Conemaugh. This area is mostly residential, but has some shops and restaurants scattered throughout, especially on its southern end, where you’ll find the Richland Town Center shopping plaza, some dog-friendly hotels, and a pet store where pups are welcome to shop. Geistown also has a couple of paw-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas for furry paws! Meadows is one of them, offering some yummy frozen custard with a variety of flavors sure to make your pooch go mutts for more. Or, head to Nyko’s Restaurant for some authentic Japanese sushi and seafood options.
Hornerstown is a residential neighborhood in Johnstown with several homes that sit close to the water. If you want a property close to the water for your aquatic pooch, then Hornerstown may be the perfect place to call home, with its budget-friendly homes that overlook Ben’s Creek. The Jim Mayer Riverwalk runs through Hornerstown, too, with its two miles of dog-friendly space that makes for a furtastic exercise path for Spot. It’s not uncommon to spot some deer along the way! You’ll also be close to Roxbury Park, a public park where local kids play sports. The walking path and picnic areas are open for leashed dogs!
The Roaring Run Natural Area of Champion is about 46 miles from Johnstown, but it's sure to please dogs and their owners looking for some outdoor adventure. Dogs are welcome on several trails here, including the Indian Creek Valley Trail that runs along Indian Creek. There are eight miles to explore on this trail alone, which runs through some parks and quaint wooded areas. The Roaring Run Natural Area also has plenty of places to stop for a quick splash in some water to cool off along different trails. Dogs are welcome to stay at some paw-friendly log cabin rentals nearby if you’re just visiting the area.
Just under 31 miles from Johnstown is the Laurel Mountain State Park area of Rector. The park is tucked away from the rest of the small town, so you won’t find much nearby. However, if you don’t mind a little drive to appease your adventurous pup, this park is the pawfect spot. Known for its downhill skiing in the winter, it’s also a beautiful sight in the other seasons. Your pup can even join you on a scenic drive through the Laurel Highlands that stretches through four counties. Near the park, you and your dog can hop on the PWS Trail System, a 36-mile multi-use trail that winds through Laurel Hill.