Found smack-bang in the middle of the Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania's Kooser State Park offers a scenic and relaxing nature escape. Sitting at an altitude of 2,600 feet, the park boasts a pristine trout stream that runs its entire length, as well as 250 acres of forest.
If you're looking for a state park where you can reconnect with nature, indulge in a few outdoor pursuits, and then relax around the campfire come nightfall, this is the spot for you. It's only a one-hour drive from Pittsburgh or Johnstown, but once you arrive in Kooser State Park those cities seem like they're a whole lot further away.
If you like trout fishing, the four-acre Kooser Lake and Kooser Run will take up much of your attention. Alternatively, if you want to stretch your legs, you and your dog can explore the 1-mile Kincora Trail or the half-mile Tree Army Trail. But if you'd rather just sit back and relax with your pooch by your side, there are many picnic tables available for year-round use.
Pets kept on a leash of no more than six feet and who are under your control at all times are more than welcome to join you for your visit to Kooser State Park. Of course, you'll also need to take care to always clean up after your furry friend, and remember that dogs are not allowed in swimming areas.
When the sun goes down and it's time to rest your head, the park offers a campground that's open from mid-April until the third Sunday in October. 28 of the 35 sites available feature electric hookups and all sites are pet-friendly. Nine rustic cabins are available for rental year-round, with two of them welcoming pets.
Whether you want an outdoor adventure or just a chance to reconnect with nature, Kooser State Park is a paw-some destination for dog lovers and their pets.