A suburb of Pittsburgh, and a part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area, Oakmont has a distinct charm about it, with numerous historic landmarks dotted throughout town. With its laid-back vibe, large green parks, dog-friendly restaurants, and highly rated veterinary hospital, it is no surprise that the canine population of Oakmont is an extremely happy one.
One of the finest of Oakmont parks is Riverside Park, with its sports facilities, picnic areas, playground and pawsome views over the Allegheny River, while the smaller Creekside Park also boasts waterfront views of Plum Creek. If you and your pooch love to hike, the 14 acre Falling Springs Park features a one mile loop trail, while the Dark Hollow Woods Park is home to a pawtastic network of short trails that will take you and Fido past streams, gorgeous, hilltop woods and more.
After all of that walking, treat your pup to a meal at one of Oakmont's dog-friendly restaurants. It is always a pleasure to enjoy a casual meal on the outdoor patio of Café Monaco, while Mike's Wife's Bar and Grill serves up a delicious menu featuring American classics, and have an impressive number of 30 tables for dogs to dine at.
With so much for you and your pooch to see and do in and around town, Oakmont really is such a dog-friendly destination.
About one and a half miles from the center of Oakmont is Verona St, an extremely scenic neighborhood in Verona, located right alongside the Allegheny River. It is by this river where you and Fido will find the small and peaceful Riverbank Park, with its full-sized basketball and tennis courts, playground and picnic pavilion, as well as several benches that offer up gorgeous views of the river. After taking your dog for an on-lead stroll around the park, treat your pooch to a meal at the dog-friendly Freedom Square Diner, where the two of you can enjoy a variety of American classics.
Just over two miles from Oakmont is the Verona neighborhood of Penn Hills Hulton/ Hunter, which is home to a few pawtastic parks. The Penn Hills Community Park is the largest, with two fields, three pavilions and two playgrounds, as well as a paved walking path. Friendship Park is also popular, with three baseball fields and two football fields that you and your dog can stroll around. The Milltown Community Park is smaller, but also features sports facilities and a popular playground. Since these are all public urban parks, you will need to keep your pooch on a lead at all times, and don't forget to bring some doggie bags and drinking water with you too.
Less than four miles from Oakmont is Fox Chapel, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh with several large parks. Squaw Valley Park is one of the most popular due to its numerous facilities, including sports areas, two playgrounds, a pond, and a picturesque 0.6 mile hiking trail. If your pup would like to run off the lead, head on over to the Riding Meadow Park. This is a designated off-lead dog park, with a pawsome walk along a stream. Keep in mind that there is no fencing, so you will still need to have good control over your dog. Also worth a visit is the beautifully manicured Fay Park, as well as Salamander Park with its multiple hiking trails.
For pooches who enjoy restaurant meals, the borough of Aspinwall, which is just over a ten minute drive from Oakmont, is a must-visit. Begin by taking a walk through the Aspinwall Riverfront Park, a 14 acre, well-landscaped park with a state-of-the-art, sculptural playground, an amphitheater, and expansive walking and biking paths. Then, take your pick from the numerous dog-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood, such as the Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar, a classic American Bistro, and Ordinary Joe's, with its pizzas and burgers. If you and Fido prefer restaurants that focus on locally-produced ingredients, you will love Luke and Mike's Frontporch, who have quite a creative menu.
About four and a half miles from Oakmont is the borough of Springdale, which offers up several green areas that you can take your pooch to. The large and grassy Veterans Memorial Field is one of these, with its playground and picnic areas, and this then connects on to Lampus Field, giving you an extra area to walk Fido in. Other parks worth checking out include Williams Street Park, with its playground and paved path, and Desmond's Field. The latter is a park currently under development, but still features a number of green, grassy areas for your pup to sniff about in. Remember to keep your dog on a lead at all of these parks, and be sure to have some doggie bags and water with you too.