South Side Flats is south of the Monongahela River and this neighborhood is a combination of restaurants and residential streets. East Carson Street sports much of the local Pittsburgh nightlife. Cupkas Café II on Carson welcomes leashed dogs on their patio and outdoor tables while Double Wide Grill on Carson not only welcomes dogs at their outdoor seating section but they also provide a doggy menu! You also won't want to miss the Bartram House Bakery on Carson as they bake everything from scratch fresh each day with a few dog-friendly tables in front.
Pittsburgh has moderate summers, but winters can be cold with lots of snow that you may need to navigate your way through in order to get your daily walk in. Plan to dress accordingly during the winter and don't forget that smaller dogs may need coats and paw protection if temperatures have dropped significantly.
The terrain of South Side Flats is a mixture of waterfront and cityscape, giving you a range of different views and sights to encounter during your daily walks. Close to the Monongahela River, you will find more green spaces, larger walkways, and treescapes for shade cover. The further away from the river you go, the more you move into a typical city neighborhood with few trees, lots of concrete sidewalks, and heavier automobile traffic. 837 or Carson Street is the main road through this area with two lanes, parking on the street, and bike paths. Make sure to use the designated pedestrian crossing zones to protect you and your pet from the busy traffic! While walking in the interior of the neighborhood, watch for city street debris and protect your dog's paws from injury. While on the waterfront, be watchful with certain breeds chasing birds or other small wildlife common in park areas.
Close to the Monongahela River, you will find the South Side Riverfront Dog Park. It is on 21st Street near Merriman Street and there are separate areas in this fenced park for large and small dogs. Both areas have grass patches and benches to provide a good place to sit and relax. Bags are also provided in order for you to be able to clean up after your pup. This is a popular park with a high population of dogs during peak hours.
Southside Riverfront Park is also located in this neighborhood. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail runs through the park which is surrounded by trees, picnic areas, and sports a public boat ramp. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a 24-mile trail that has sections on the banks of Pittsburgh's three rivers with access to multiple neighborhoods. The trail is a multi-use paved trail that runs the length of the waterfront in South Side Flats.