Dog parks are an excellent way to get outside, exercise your pup, and socialize with other dog owners. They typically feature a large, fenced-in, grassy area where you can let your dog off its leash to run around and play with other dogs. Some will have multiple enclosures for different sizes of dogs and some will have equipment to play with, like tunnels & ramps.
If you’re new to Pennsylvania or recently adopted a new puppy, here are our picks for the best dog parks in the Keystone State.
Beau's Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park
Located at: 901 Buchanan Ave, Lancaster, PA, US, 17603
Beau’s Dream Dog Park features both small and large dog areas. There are splash pads, a doxi tunnel, and a tennis ball tree that launches tennis balls. The park is maintained by the City of Lancaster’s Parks and Recreation Department and is free from sunrise to sunset.
Schuylkill River Dog Park
Located at: S 25th St & Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, US, 19103
The Dog Park at Schuylkill River Park has 2 separate enclosed areas for small and large dogs. Both feature a patented K-9 Grass that lessens contagions, mess, and mud. They also have doggy water fountains for when your dog gets thirsty while exercising in the park. The park is maintained by the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and a non-profit called the Friends of Schuylkill River Park.
Located at: 703 N Lloyd Ave, Downingtown, PA, US, 19335
Lloyd Park is located in Chester County and features lots of activities, including a dog park. This fenced-in area is unique because it features a creek as one of its borders. Water-loving dogs will enjoy running in and out of the creek. The park is maintained by the Caln Township Parks and Recreation and is open to the public.
John Rudy Park
Located at: 400 Mundis Race Rd, York, PA, US, 17406
John Rudy Park features an off-leash dog park called Canine Meadows. There are 3 large enclosed areas (small, medium, & large) with fake fire hydrants and rocks to play around. The park is maintained by York County Parks and is open to the public from dawn to dusk.
Hartwood Acres County Dog Park
Located at: 200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15238
The Hartwood Acres County Dog Park is a large fenced-in area near the amphitheater and includes a water fountain to keep your dogs hydrated in warmer months. There is a creek nearby for the dogs who enjoy water, but it is not within the fenced-in area so you should keep them leashed. As of the writing of this blog, they are working on building a small dog section of the park which will be complete in Spring of 2023. The park is maintained by the Allegheny County Parks Department.
Falls Township Park
Located at: 9125 Mill Creek Rd, Levittown, PA, US, 19054
Falls Township Park has 2 fenced-in dog runs for small and large dogs. There is plenty of bench seating and picnic tables to rest while your dog plays. They can also go for a swim in the nearby lake but should be leashed as it’s outside of the fenced areas. This park is maintained by the Falls Township Parks & Recreation Department.
Haverford Reserve Dog Park
Located at: 9000 Parkview Dr, Haverford, PA, US, 19041
The Haverford Reserve Dog Park features 2 fenced-in areas for large and small dogs and features ramps and other equipment for your dogs to play on. They also have several picnic tables to rest at while your dog plays. The park is maintained by the Haverford Township Parks and Recreation Department.
Overlook Dog Park
Located at: 2215 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA, US, 17601
The Overlook Dog Park has 3 fenced-in areas: one for large dogs, one for small dogs, and one where small and large dogs are allowed to mix. The park is maintained by the Manheim Township’s Recreation Department and a community organization called the Manheim Township Dog Owners Group. You do need to register and pay an annual fee for access to this park, but it’s worth it!
Located at: 4075 Lisburn Rd, Lisburn, PA, Mechanicsburg, PA, US, 17055
The Doggie Dugout at Lower Allen Community Park features two fenced-in areas for small and large dogs. They have water available for the dogs and seating for the owners. The Doggie Dugout is maintained by the Lower Allen Township Parks Department and is open during normal park hours.
Sewickley Heights Borough Park Off-Leash Area
Located at: 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd, Sewickley Heights, PA, US, 15143
The Sewickley Heights Borough Park features a unique experience for dogs because there are horse trails throughout the park. Your pup may be able to encounter a horse for the first time when visiting the park. The designated off-leash area is partially fenced, so be sure to train your dog to stay near before bringing them here. The park is maintained by Sewickley Heights Borough and is open from 7am - 5pm or 8:30pm during the summer.
West Manheim Dog Park
Located at: 255 St. Bartholomew Rd, Hanover, PA, US, 17331
The West Manheim Park features 2 fenced-in areas located behind the playground for large and small dogs. It can be troublesome reaching the dog park for handicapped people, as it’s up a hill, but it’s totally worth the trek if you can. The park is maintained by the West Manheim Township Parks and Recreation.
West Mill Creek Park
Located at: Mill Creek Rd & Old Gulph Rd, Narberth, PA, US, 19401
The West Mill Creek Park is an off-leash dog park without any fencing, so make sure your dog is well-trained before visiting the park. There is a wonderful creek running through the park for your dog to explore. The park is maintained by the Lower Merion Township’s Department of Parks and Recreation and an organization called the Friends of West Mill Creek Park. You will need an off-leash permit from the township to visit.
Mingo Creek Park
Located at: 3111 PA-13, New Eagle, PA, US, 15332
Mingo Creek Park features a large off-leash area to explore as well as miles of on-leash trails to hike. There are some woods and brush in the middle of the off-leash area, which might confuse some dog owners thinking the area isn’t fenced in, but it is! It just gives your pup one more thing to explore. The park is maintained by the Washington County Parks & Recreation.
Roonie's Canine Corner at Robert Lambert Park
Located at: 1133 Pottstown Pike, West Goshen, PA, US, 19380
Roonie’s Canine Corner is a fenced-in area at Robert Lambert Park with benches for the owners. There are toys and ramps for the dogs to play with and water bowls to rehydrate. The park is maintained by the West Goshen Township Park and Recreation Department.
Penn Hills Dog Park
Located at: 754 Jefferson Rd, Penn Hills, PA, US, 15235
The Penn Hills Dog Park is a large, fenced-in dog run with benches and chairs for the owners to relax. The park is maintained by Penn Hills Parks & Recreation and is open to the public from April through November.
Polk Valley Dog Park
Located at: 2068 Polk Valley Rd, Hellertown, PA, US, 18055
The Polk Valley Dog Park is adjacent to the Polk Valley Park, featuring two fenced-in areas for small and large dogs. There is also seating for the owners to relax and chat. The park is maintained by the Lower Saucon Township Parks and Recreation.
Seger Dog Park
Located at: 1001 Rodman St, Philadelphia, PA, US, 19107
Seger Dog Park, located in the heart of Philly, is a fenced-in dog park with artificial turf, dog fountains, and benches for the owners to relax. They also host annual events throughout the year. Seger Dog Park is maintained as a non-profit organization that doesn’t receive public funding. Instead, they rely on donations to remain free and open to the public. Consider donating if you’ll be spending time there regularly.
Riding Meadow Park
Located at: Squaw Run Rd E, Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15238
Riding Meadow Park is an off-leash and completely open park for you and your dog to explore. Be sure to train your pup to stay near before adventuring in this park. There are wooded trails and a creek to play in. The park is maintained by the Borough of Fox Chapel Park Commission.
Orianna Hill Dog Park
Located at: 900 N Orianna St, Philadelphia, PA, US, 19123
Orianna Hill Park is a neighborhood-owned park that features a fenced-in dog park, picnic tables, and a nice garden area. The park is maintained by a community organization called the Friends of Orianna Hill Park and requires you to register and donate to gain access to the dog park. The funds help keep the park looking beautiful year-round.
Lucky Paws Dog Park and Pool
Located at: 2273 Lovi Rd, Freedom, PA, US, 15042
The Lucky Paws Dog Park and Pool is an off-leash, fenced-in dog park with a doggie pool, agility equipment, and an indoor section for year-round play. They will host various classes and events and have a dog salon on their premises if you’d like to groom your pup. Access to the dog park and pool requires a fee and reservations are recommended due to limited capacity.