If you have an adventure seeking pooch, plan a trip to Allegheny National Forest. Spanning across a whopping 500,000 acres, this massive parcel of land is Pennsylvania’s only National Forest. You and your pup could spend days exploring this place and still not see the entire thing.
By the numbers, Allegheny National Forest is woofing impressive. It stretches across four counties, contains over 700 miles of rivers and streams, 201 miles of trails, and 20 campgrounds. With its endless opportunities for outdoor recreation it’s a pretty pupular place. People come from all over to hunt, boat, swim, bike, fish, and snowmobile. While this all sounds fun, your pup is pawbably most interested in the pawsome trails.
Allegheny National Forest has hikes of various lengths and levels, so pups of all athletic abilities are sure to find a trail that suits their needs. If your doggo can go the distance, check out the Morrison Trail. At just under 11 miles, it meanders through hardwood trees, puptacular rock formations, and thick mountain laurel. It’s also a great backpacking trail. Kinzua Valley Trail, Indian Pipe Trail, and Bullis Hollow Trail are all around seven miles.
Does your pooch want something a bit shorter? The three
mile Crook Farm Trail is a furrific loop where hikers have the pawssibility of
spotting a bald eagle. If your pal is a tree hugger, check out the White Pine
Trail. This three mile loop wanders through majestic old growth white pines. If
you’re in a hurry, the one mile Shawmut Trail is a great option. Goosechaser
Trail and Rimrock Overlook and Trail are also less than two miles.
When out and about in the forest, always have enough
water and clean-up bags, and be sure to keep your pupster on a leash. Above all else, enjoy
spending time with your furry BFF in such a beautiful setting!