Mechanicsville, in a primarily residential community located on the far northern end of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This area was once a village on the outskirts of the city and is now considered a Philadelphia neighborhood. There is some light industrial activity, commercial areas with shopping facilities, restaurants and services, schools, and a hospital located within. Businesses are not easily walkable as ravines and residential roadways without sidewalks impede access to services.
Spring and fall are great seasons for walking your dog in Mechanicsville with warm temperatures, although rainfall is common and rain gear for you and your pup is recommended. Philadelphia experiences rain in most months and gets more than the national average. Summers are hot and humid and walking at the height of the day may be uncomfortable for pedestrians and their pooches. Winters are relatively mild, although some cool temperatures and snowfall occur requiring warm outerwear and good footwear for on-foot travel.
The area has many large rural residential properties with large lawns, treed areas, and well-landscaped yards. Residential streets often do not have sidewalks so you will need to be cautious of traffic. Fortunately, most traffic is local and aware of local pedestrians walking their dogs. Roads through the area curve and become narrow lanes with foliage on either side which does not provide a lot of room for dog walkers.
Mechanicsville residents and their canine companions are fortunate to have parks and greenways in the vicinity. The Poquessing Valley Park is a 32-acre natural area with trails that locals and their dogs can explore on walks. The Poquessing Creek Trail greenway extends to the west for 1.5 miles from the park and connects to Juno playground and Mechanicsville rural roads.
Junod Playground is located in Mechanicsville as well and provides recreational facilities like a playground and splash pad, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, and other sports fields and facilities. The Poquessing Creek Trail extends into this recreational space and you can enjoy fields and open green areas with your dog when sports teams are not using them as long as you are sure to clean up after your pooch.
A little to the north, the 500-acre Benjamin Rush State Park provides plenty of natural area and trails that are ideal for walking your furry friend.