Flourtown is a census-designated community that is a 40-minute commute from Downtown Philadelphia to the southeast. The community gets its name from the historic flouring mill that was located at the original townsite. There is a shopping area with a large grocery store, fast food outlets, and a movie theatre located on the northwest side along Bethlehem Pike. More shops, services, and restaurants can be found along Bethlehem Pike including a large chain pet store, veterinarians, and a farmers market. A unique pet store, the Bone Appetite, can be reached about a 10-minute drive south of Fourtown.
The weather in Philadelphia is variable with cool, wet winters and hot, humid summers. Rain is a common phenomenon and rain gear should be kept close at hand so you can stay dry and still take your dog out for daily walks. Warmer jackets and footwear are a good idea in the Philadelphia area where sub-freezing temperatures and some snowfall occur in winter.
Dwellings in the community are mostly single-family detached homes on well landscaped and maintained properties. There are sidewalks on residential roads with grass berms that create separate, safe walkways for pedestrians and pets.
The terrain in Flourtown is relatively level with no steep grades requiring you and your pooch to hike up and down. There are lots of large trees in the neighborhood, providing plenty of shade on hot, humid summer days. Busy shopping and commercial areas on the west border require you to keep your dog securely leashed and be vigilant for traffic at busy intersections.
Dog walkers can reach Cisco Park which is located on the south side of Flourtown and has a great little hiking trail with open and treed areas, a ball field, and a pond. A 10-minute drive to the northeast, there is an off-leash dog park with separate large and small off-leash areas for some fun. Just to the northwest, you can drive or hike to the Fort Washington State Park, which is a large 493-acre state park with lots of hiking trails and beautiful flora and fauna.
The Piszek Preserve on the northeast side is a natural wilderness greenway with 36 acres of wooded area. This area can be reached on foot, but use caution as the creek is liable to flood in wet weather.
Just out of Flourtown, you can visit Pastorius Park with your dog. This 16-acre greenway has treed and open areas, a pond, and an amphitheater that hosts local performances. Check online for access to events!