Bear Run Nature Reserve is a nature loving pup’s paradise. Sprawling across more than 5,000 acres, this beautiful patch of land draws hikers, backpackers, anglers, and hunters. Puptastic wilderness isn’t the only feature of this place; nestled in the southwest corner of the preserve is Frank Lloyd Wright’s notorious Fallingwater estate, which is now open for public tours for two legged visitors.
The trail system in the reserve is made of six loops that all start and end at the same trailhead. The shortest is just under a mile and the longest clocks in at 11.8 miles. Although numbered trail markers help keep hikers on course, it’s a good idea to bring a map along. If your pal wants to create their own route, use the connector trails to combine loops. Whether you and your pooch are just out for a day hike, or are backpacking for a night or two, you will absolutely love trekking through the thick forests of oak, maple, and beech trees. If you hike along the western border of the reserve, be prepared for breath taking vistas of the Youghiogheny River.
A wide variety of forest loving creatures call this place home, including 53 species of birds. While out on the trails, watch for signs of black bear or bobcat. Both of these critters are typically reclusive, but there is chance they may wander onto the trail. Keep your pooch close and be aware of your surroundings.
As always, be sure to bring plenty of water for both you
and your furry friend. They’ll also appreciate a mid-hike snack, which is great
since there are plenty of gorgeous spots for taking a break. Dog waste must be
removed, so pack a couple clean up bags as well. Oh, and the best thing about
this place? If your doggo is well behaved and under voice control, they can
roam around leash free. That alone will make them bark for joy!