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Best Central PA Dog Parks

Canine Meadows in John Rudy County Park - 400 Mundis Race Road, York -  717-840-7440

This off-leash dog park was rated #20 out of America's top 40 best dog parks by Dog Fancy Magazine in 2010! Located within John Rudy County Park, Canine Meadows is free and is open 8am to dusk. There are two dog areas, one for dogs under 30 lbs and one for dogs over 30lbs. A double-gated area leads into the dog park to avoid unintentionally letting a dog out of the park.

Its optimal location within another park makes it a fantastic place to spend the day so both your dog and you can have a relaxing time!

Overlook Dog Park - 2215 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster - 717-290-7180 x3100

This great dog park has three enclosures - one for large dogs, one for dogs under 30 pounds, and a common area for activities. A great place for your dog to run and play! Open dawn to dusk year-round.

Membership is required for this very secure dog park except on open dog park days when you can try the dog park for free (see calendar of events). Yearly membership starts at $35 for residents and $55 for non-residents. See the website for a downloadable registration form.

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Connell Dog Park - 800 Gibbons Street, Scranton

Since 2008 this park has been a haven for dogs big and small to run around without the restraints of a leash. With separate areas for dogs over 30 pounds and those under 30 pounds, safety is a #1 priority. There are benches for you to relax while your dog plays, and pet-waste stations to keep the park clean. There is no fountain yet  so be sure to bring your own bowl and water for your dog.

All dogs must be over 4 months old and up-to-date with all their vaccinations. This park is a free, community supported space. Open 7:00am to sunset.

Tudek Dog Park

425 Park Crest Lane, Ferguson – 814-231-3071

Two fenced in areas are available - one for dogs under 30 lbs and one for dogs over 30 lbs. A water pump is conveniently located inside the enclosure for when your furry friend gets thirsty from all his playing and running around.  Open dawn to dusk.

Lower Allen Township Community Park - Lisburn Rd, Mechanicsburg

This park is a wonderful place to take your dogs, get out into nature, and maybe meet some other dog-owners and their dogs, too.

There are separate areas for bigger and smaller dogs, which helps keep everyone’s pets safe and happy. Different size dogs often have different playing styles and what might be fun for a larger dog could end up hurting a smaller dog. The convenience of having separate areas eliminates this possibility and lets you relax without having to worry about the safety of your pup.

The park also has fountains, shady trees for you and your dog to rest under when you need a break from playing, and chairs to relax in.

The dog park is also a smaller part of the larger community park that is located right along the beautiful Yellow Breeches Creek, which makes it a great place to spend an afternoon.

After your dog is done playing, you can walk over to the larger park to have a picnic, hike some of the well-kept nature trails, wade in the shallow parts of the breeches, or play some ball on the fields. This park also boasts restrooms in the community center, which is a restored barn.

Its Mechanicsburg location is also a great central destination, whether you’re coming from Harrisburg or somewhere on the West Shore.

Shaffer Dog Park - Carlisle Spring Rd, Carlisle

This park is a little further out from the city, but it’s well worth it if you can make the drive.

It’s a members-only park, and members pay $50/year and are given a key fob that allows them access. This fee might seem rather steep at first, but goes towards caring for the park.

There are dedicated small and large dog areas, as well as plenty of shade trees, benches and water fountains. The park itself is meticulously maintained and cared for and is also generally less crowded due to the membership requirement.

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Happy Tails Dog Park – Dowhower Rd, Harrisburg

This is a dog park within a larger park, and is a space set aside for dogs within Kohl Memorial Park in Lower Paxton Township. This makes it a great option if you’re looking for someplace to take your dog on the east side of the Susquehanna.

One of the biggest advantages of this park is its sheer size. The dog park section is almost two acres, which gives your dog plenty of room to roam around and explore. It’s also surrounded by 5ft fencing so that your dog stays safe and doesn’t accidentally wander out of the park.

Canine Meadows - Mundis Race Rd, York

Canine Meadows is also a section of a park, and is located in John Rudy Park in York. It features three separate areas for large and small dogs, and plenty of space for your dog to run around and play.

It’s also a great place for dog owners to meet and socialize with one another while their puppies play in the sunshine and grass. There are always plenty of dogs here, so if your dog likes to make friends, they will definitely be able to find some.

Biglerville Dog Park – Table Rock Rd, Biglerville

This might be a bit of a drive if you live in the city or on the east side of the Susquehanna, but is a great option for dog owners on the West Shore.

This dog park is still relatively new, and just opened a few years ago. It’s beautifully maintained and boasts separate areas for big and small dogs. It promises to become an even more beautiful spot in the future, adding new benches, trees and other features.

Because this park is relatively new, it’s unlikely to be as busy as some of the older, more well-known parks. If your pup is a little shy and would rather have more space without meeting too many other dogs, this just might be the park for you.

Beau’s Dream Dog Park – Buchman Rd, Lancaster

Formerly known as Buchanan Dog Park, this park won $500,000 in a contest from Benefit and got treated to an extreme makeover in 2012. Now, it’s nothing short of a dog paradise.

The park features a wide range of specialty features, like decorative sculptures, water sprinklers, astro-turf and obstacles for your dogs to enjoy. It’s also been named one of the 10 best dog parks in the country by USA Today!

West Manheim Park – Bartholomew Rd, Hanover

This park is a great option if you’re looking for a park in the area south of Harrisburg. It’s a perfect spot for you and your dog to relax for the day.

The park includes separate play areas for large and small dogs, as well as over six miles of nature trails to hike and bike, picnic areas and ball parks. With so many great options, you’re sure to enjoy a wonderful afternoon at this park.

The Canine Spa – Ore Bank Rd, Dillsburg

The Canine Spa isn’t a traditional dog park like the others on our list. It’s an indoor spa and water park for your dog.

Here, your pup can play in the water to their heart’s content. And when they’re done playing, there’s a station for you to get your dog nice and clean again before you go home.

This is a great option if the weather is bad, or if your dog is recovering from an injury and can’t run around outside very well.

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