Enjoying the great outdoors can be a challenge when you live in a large city. It’s even more of a challenge when you have four-legged family members who need to expend energy outdoors in order to be manageable indoors. Fortunately, the Philadelphia area has a wealth of lovely dog-friendly parks and trails. You and your canine companions will enjoy exercising and interacting with other pups at these parks.
Horsham Dog Park
1013 Horsham Road
Horsham, PA 19044
Located near the pond at Horsham’s Kohler Park, the Horsham Dog Park is a 1.5-acre dog park that provides a meeting place for people and their dogs. The park contains two fenced-in areas where dogs may exercise and socialize off-leash. There is no charge to use the park, but community members are asked to participate in the maintenance and upkeep of the park.
Kent Dog Park
3900 Bridge St.
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Nestled along the Darby Creek under the Lindbergh Bridge is the beautiful 10-acre Kent Park. Known for excellent fishing and hiking, the park was renovated to include a pavilion, playground and a dog park so that visitors can enjoy various outdoor recreational activities. The fenced-in dog park allows well-behaved dogs to exercise and socialize off-leash with other dogs. There are separate areas for dogs over 25 pounds and those under 25 pounds. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and is for residents of Delaware County only.
MonDaug Bark Park
1130 Camphill Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034
MonDaug Bark Park is an acre of heaven for dogs of all sizes. There are fenced-in areas for large and small dogs where off-leash exercise and socialization is permitted. In addition to the off-leash areas, there are wooded trails where visitors may walk their leashed dogs. There is also a stream located off the bottom left of the parking lot. Feel free to take your leashed dog for a swim in the stream to cool off when the weather is warm.
Morrisville Dog Park
S. Delmorr Ave. and E. Philadelphia Ave.
Morrisville, PA 19067
The Morrisville Dog Park is a great space in Bucks County that offers two large areas for dogs to run and socialize off-leash. There are two distinct areas – one for small dogs (35 pounds or less) and one for large dogs (over 36 pounds). The park is maintained by the Friends of Morrisville Dog Park and relies on donations to keep the park in good order. It’s open daily from dawn to dusk.
Reynolds Dog Park
1000 Longford Road
Mont Clare, PA 19453
Dogs can scamper free of leashes in two fenced-in areas. With separate areas for large breeds and small breeds, this park provides lots of room for canines and owners to meet and greet each other. A maximum of three dogs per owner is allowed, and the guidelines caution against bringing small children. Maintenance and event planning are handled entirely by volunteers and visitors are encouraged to give a little time to keep the park in great condition. The park is open daily from sunrise until 10 p.m.
Maddie Wagner is a freelance writer covering all things Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.