York County pups who need to blow off steam need not look further than the Canine Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area. Named one of the best dog parks in the country by Dog Fancy magazine in 2010, this expansive pooch playground covers 14 acres in the north-central portion of the John Rudy County Park, making it pawfectly suited for exercising your four-legged bundle of energy. It's also a furrific place to meet new canine pals, so leash up your pooch and hop into the car—it's time for a trip to Canine Meadows!
The facility is divided into three separate areas, all of which are fenced and double-gated to keep all canine visitors, including escape artists, inside. One section is reserved for doggos weighing 30 pounds or less, and another is allotted for those heavier than 30 pounds. This way, small pooches can romp freely without worrying about getting knocked down by the bigger guys. The third area stays closed for rotations, which occurs several times during the season.
Whichever section your woofer uses, you can bet that they'll have a doggone good time sprinting and dashing across the open grassy space. Trees and benches are scattered throughout the site, but make sure to always keep a close eye on your charge. Pick-up bags, water fountains, and fire hydrants are also provided. Pup parents are encouraged to donate their extra grocery bags to help replenish the dispensers. There are no trash cans in the meadows, but a dumpster is available when you exit the area—don't forget to follow the park's carry-in, carry-out policy!
Visitors say that the dog park can get busy during evenings and weekends, so you might want to drop by in the mornings if your pup isn't exactly a social barkterfly. Don't forget to read the rules posted at the entrance—park rangers drive by regularly to make sure everyone follows them.
There's no doubt that your furry buddy will have a pawsitively tail-wagging time at the Canine Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area!