Rhawnhurst is an older community of single-family homes, apartments, and townhouses most of which were built before 1969. Today, the neighborhood is home to the largest number of people who have Ukrainian and Brazilian ancestry in the country. It is a very well-kept community of lower-middle-class working people who are employed as executives and professionals. There are plenty of restaurants to check out in the area with a wide range of cultural dishes to sample. Pet supply stores and dog-friendly parks are easy to find within a short driving distance.
If you like long walks in the warm weather, spring and summer are amazing here. Summers are nice and
hot, but you should restrict your walks to early in the morning before the
pavement has had time to heat up. Winters, on the other hand, can be pretty harsh. The temperature can stay below freezing for weeks and there is often plenty of snow to play in.
The terrain here is block after block of single-family homes with suburban-sized yards. Although the area does have some slightly rolling hills, they don’t exactly offer much in the way of a challenge. However, this doesn't mean you can't make your walks challenging. You just have to be creative!
Did you know that your dog spends far more time exploring their surroundings with their nose than their eyes? It's true, so the more variables you can build into your walks, the more they is going to enjoy them. Try going around different blocks or even doing something as simple as changing the direction you take at the end of the driveway. It doesn't take much to keep most dogs happy. They like new scenery to sniff as much as you like to see it. You can also use the local parks scattered throughout for some extra exercise and as a place to play.
Within Rhawnhurst, there are a couple of small parks, but they pale in comparison to the Wissahickon Valley Park that wraps around the community. For a park within the city of Philadelphia, this is a huge park covering more than 1,800 acres along the Wissahickon Creek. On its journey through the park, the creek runs through the Wissahickon Gorge dropping over 100 feet in elevation as it winds its way to join the Schuylkill River. The park offers 57 miles of trails to explore.
You can almost get lost in the deep woods as you pass the crumbling dams that once helped power over 27 mills that lined both sides of the creek. The mills, taverns, and numerous other buildings were torn down after the city acquired the land in 1868 to help preserve the city's water supply. This is a beautiful place to go for long walks with your dog in the shade.