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Lock Haven is a city in northern Pennsylvania, about 25 miles from the city of Williamsport. Home to Lock Haven University, this city has been on the rise since its establishment in 1833. It is now considered a college town, attracting young singles and families from all over the state. The city was built along the West Branch Susquehanna River, which undoubtedly led to the town's success and growth over the years. The area was originally chosen to be a resting spot for workers who moved timber to the various sawmills in the area by floating them down the river. There is a local museum and historical center that will teach you all about the sawmill industry that heavily influenced the city.
Lock Haven is welcoming to visitors and new neighbors due to its college-town status. Dog walkers are a common sight throughout the city, as off-campus options for students with pets are popular. The West Branch Susquehanna River is a pupular destination for dog walkers, especially during the warmer months, with plenty of paths for walking or hiking and some designated fishing and swimming spots.
There is one animal hospital in Lock Haven, taking the guesswork out of your search for the pawfect veterinarian for your pup.
Central Lock Haven is right in the middle of some of the best pet-friendly activities in town. The Black Forrest Inn is in this neighborhood. Dogs are welcome to join their humans as you enjoy classic American food on the outdoor patio. The inn has live music throughout the week on the patio for a fun social hour. They are open daily until midnight. Levee Trail is a puptastic attraction that runs along the river that borders this area and provides plenty of space for you and Spot to get your exercise before or after your trip to the Black Forrest Inn!
Sunset Pines is a neighborhood on the upper west corner of Lock Haven, right next to the university. You will find plenty of dog-friendly walking opportunities in this neighborhood, but some of the public parks don't allow dogs, so you will want to be mindful of all posted signs. There are several fast food restaurants in the area where you can enjoy a quick bite with your pup on the way to your next adventure. The Lock Haven University Nature Trail is a great way for you to get in your steps with your pooch on a nice day -- just bring your waste bags!
Bucktail State Park Natural Area is over 70 miles of scenic views just 15 minutes north of Lock Haven. The area was named for the Bucktail Rangers, a famous Civil War regiment. The Sinnemahoning Trail is also found in this area. It was once used by Native Americans to move from the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers. The state park is mostly valley and forest. There are plenty of walking trails for your fur family to explore year-round. You will just want a harness and plenty of water for your trek. Plenty of drinking water in your bag for those hot days is also a great idea.
Bald Eagle State Park is right in the middle of the Bald Eagle Valley, just 20 minutes from Lock Haven. The almost 6,000-acre park is also home to a 1,730-acre lake that provides the area with wetlands to compliment the forests and fields. There are two campgrounds that are open in most weather for you to enjoy some time away from it all with your favorite pup. You can sail, fish, swim, or explore the many natural habitats throughout the park with your best furry friend. With so much to sniff out, your pup will be ready for a nap when you get home!
The Ravensburg State Park is a beautiful 70-acre park right in the middle of the Tiadaghton State Forest, about 30 minutes away from the city of Lock Haven. You will come to the park at the edge of a steep gorge, resting right on the side of the grandiose Nippenose Mountain. The best times to visit this park are late June and early October, to give you the best view (and sniff) of the flowering plants and fall colors. The park is open year-round, but may close for heavy rainfall or other conditions, so you can always call before you head over.
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