Tucked away amid rolling hills and lush forests, Moraine State Park covers more than 16,000 acres and attracts more than one million visitors each year. This big and beautiful park also boasts a small campground with 11 modern cabins, two of which are dog-friendly.
Dogs are welcome in Cabins #7 and #11 if you're willing to pay an additional fee of $5 per night. The cabins have electric heating and feature two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a kitchen, and a dock on Lake Arthur during summer. Cabins are available for rent all year round and provide a comfortable home away from home.
For something a little more rustic, backpackers traversing the North Country National Scenic Trail can stay under the Link Road Overnight Shelter. This structure is available by reservation only and dogs are permitted here. There are no entrance fees for Pennsylvania state parks, but make sure you check the cost of staying the night before booking a campsite or cabin.
And once you're there, you'll be spoiled for choice when searching for things to see and do. The centerpiece of the park is undoubtedly Lake Arthur, which covers 3,225 acres and has nine public boat launches. Particularly popular with sailors, the lake hosts a highly anticipated regatta each August.
Anglers can target species like northern pike and largemouth bass in the lake, while the fishing peninsulas at the Bear Run and Park Road boat launches are ideal spots for kids to cast a line.
If you feel like taking a refreshing dip, there are separate sand beaches on the northern and southern shore. Each beach has showers and changing facilities, and the southern beach also offers a paved path for easy water access. Unfortunately, pets are prohibited in beach areas.
However, there are nearly 30 miles of hiking trails to explore. The Sunken Garden Trail, which leaves near the park office and offers the choice of a 1.9-mile, 2.4-mile or 3.6-mile loop, is a particular favorite. Other features include a playground, volleyball court, disc golf course, and seven picnic pavilions.
Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved at all times, and you'll need to pick up after your pet when needed. It's also worth pointing out that with such a limited number of cabins available, you'll need to book well in advance.
But the good news is that Moraine State Park offers something for everyone in all seasons, so it's worth a visit at any time of year.