While most Pittsburgh area dog parks and Off-Leash Exercise Areas (OLEAs) are open year-round, springtime is the time of year when many dog owners dust off their sneakers, break out the dog leash and hit the trails!
There are over thirty dog parks located around Pittsburgh. Below, some of our dog friends at The Dog Stop spill the kibble on some of their favorites places to run around.
First things First!
The Dog Stop shares some pet-friendly tips on dog park etiquette.
- Bring Water. Though some parks offer water, it’s always best to bring your own.
- Clean Up After Your Dog. There are typically waste receptacles on site. You are always responsible for picking-up and disposing of your dog’s waste.
- Supervision is Necessary. If your dog is getting aggressive or rambunctious, please respect the other dogs and their owners.
- Kids. Keep in mind play areas are for dogs to be dogs. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your children.
- Muddy paws. Mud can be expected in some spots during the snowy and rainy seasons. Bring a towel or blanket for the car ride home.
Downtown Pittsburgh – Golden Triangle
Allegheny Riverfront Park @ Rachel Carson Bridge & Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Bet you didn’t know about this one! With the recent upswing in residential living, the city recently designated a small area for dog owners, so their high-rise pups can roam free. Located near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, this fenced-in spot along the Allegheny River is a win for downtown residents and pups alike.
Riverfront Park @ Sidney & 18th Streets
Located along the banks of the Monongahela River, the Riverfront Park hosts an off-leash area perfect for you and your four-legged friend to take break from the South Side Trail. Just blocks away from Carson Street, you’ll also find several dog-friendly restaurants nearby. Your pup will love watching the boats go by, but remember: don’t feed the geese!
Bernard Dog Run @ 38th Street
If you live near Lawrenceville or your across the Allegheny River exploring the North Shore’s section of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, bring Fido over to Bernard Dog Run. Located in Lawrenceville at 38th Street, this tree lined off-leash area is just steps away from the 40th Street pedestrian walkway and minutes from several dog-friendly hot spots on Butler Street.
It’s hard to believe that within our city limits lays a 644 acre park that includes 10 miles of trails and an awesome dog park right smack dab in the middle! This incredibly scenic and wooded park even boasts a dog pond, courtesy of Nine Mile Run, where dogs can further enjoy their day splashing around with other happy swimmers! Rex will agree, this place is a dog-gone good time!
Pittsburgh Metro – Southwest
Carnegie Park @ 200 Cooks Lane, Carnegie, PA 15106
Small and quaint, Carnegie Park offers two separate play areas for dogs of all sizes and smaller or reluctant pooches. This neighborhood gem is a great spot to bring your dog while the kids hit baseball, play deck hockey or monkey around the playgrounds.
South Park Dog Park @ Maple Drive & Corrigan Drive
Located in the middle of the 2,000 acre South Park you’ll find a huge off-leash area that will keep Spot running for hours on end. This massive play area offers plenty of room for dogs large and small to get their run on! During the summer months, take Spot over to the amphitheater and catch free live music on Friday nights. If your pup is on a leash and well-behaved, they’re welcome to enjoy the show!
Greater Pittsburgh – North
Cranberry Township Dog Park @ 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. PA 16066
Just north of Pittsburgh is a wonderful dog park hosted by the Cranberry Rotary Club that features two off-leash running areas for small and large dogs. With such large, established areas, dog owners can avoid having to trek through this community park’s play areas. There is also a large drinking fountain located for dogs on the premises – and for you too!