Tioga is one half of the Nicetown-Tioga community and is a community of row houses similar to those found in most of the older areas of Philly. The streets are lined with sidewalks and grass berms for you to spend your time walking on every day. There are several restaurants within the area serving up a fantastic array of tasty dishes. But, if you want a dog park or pet supply stores, you will have to take a bit of a drive.
Going for walks here in the winter months with temperatures dipping below freezing and plenty of snow and ice can be a bit challenging. But when summer rolls around, the temperatures are in the 80s and the sun shines all day long. While it does rain here during the summer months, there are plenty of days for the two of you to go walking or head over one of the nearby parks.
Like most of Philly, the Tioga area is relatively flat and doesn't have much to offer in the way of challenging walks. But, at the same time, if you use your imagination, you can challenge yourself to be creative and come up with walks that take you on an endless variety of routes around the community.
Keep in mind that walking on pavement can be hard on your pup's paws as the surface tends to work like really coarse sandpaper. The more you walk on pavement, the faster the calluses will build up, making it easier for the two of you strike out for longer distances over the course of time.
Bear in mind that during the summer months, the pavement can reach temperatures of over 135°F, which is hot enough to burn sensitive paws. The best time of day to take your walks is the early morning when the pavement is still comfortably cool.
When it comes to greenways, Tioga has a couple of small parks that are at least worth checking out. Fernhill Park is a spacious park with tennis courts, baseball fields, and acres of grass and trees with a trail running through them. This is a fantastic opportunity for you and your energetic pooch to spend time walking and playing around. The trail runs under the Roosevelt Expressway joining the two halves of the park together.
If you are up for the drive, why not take Fido over to the Blue Bell Park next to the Wissahickon Creek? The park offers athletic fields and direct access to the Wissahickon Creek Trail that can take you for miles in both directions through heavily wooded areas. This is the perfect place for a nice walk during the heat of July and August, ensuring that no one ends up with heat stroke or sunburn.